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Be a kid again in the 2017 Subaru BRZ

Most of us buy cars because we’re grownups and have to get around. But sometimes we want a four-wheeled toy instead. Subaru caters mostly to the adults in the car-buying market, but four years ago the company known for going all-wheel-drive across its entire lineup launched a low-slung rear-wheel drive surprise for the kids in […]

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Personal reflections on dictionaries in e-readers

I’ve been reading books and articles using various apps on my iPad for years. I’ve even used a Kobo for a little while. It’s much slower and less capable (and much less expensive), but the good folks at Kobo did not cheap out on one important feature it shares with the iPad: a dictionary. Just tap a […]

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A low-slung SUV? Meet the Mazda CX-9

Back in 2013, Mazda started rolling out its Kodo Soul of Motion design ethic to its entire lineup of vehicles. It frankly makes them among the best-looking cars on the road. I said cars – not SUVs. As vehicles increase in size, any intended soul of motion tends to become more, well, stationary-looking. Mazda defied this notion of […]

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Working from external monitors

Whether I work in my office or my girlfriend’s office, I connect my Mac to external monitors (two at my place, my girlfriend’s 27” iMac at hers). The extra screen real estate means I spend less time flipping from one window to another. This saves time and keystrokes when, for instance, I copy information from a PDF and […]

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Celebrating the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition

Automotive nameplates don’t always last, so when a manufacturer releases a 75th anniversary model, the sheer longevity piques my curiosity. That curiosity was satisfied after  a week with the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition 4×4.

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Delete unwanted emails BEFORE you see them

I like exploring ways to improve my Inbox Zero habit. This habit enables me to effectively handle everything that comes at me via email. I do this by: putting the information in the right places deleting or filing the original email The email inbox is never the right place for contacts, calendar appointments, tasks or […]

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A bad boy back from the 70s: the Dodge Challenger SRT 392

70s muscle cars may never die. There’s a certain badass vibe to these things that takes them beyond the realm of mere four-wheeled conveyances. Splash a loud colour on them to match the volume of their motors and you have an icon from a golden age of American iron, oblivious of nuisances like fuel economy concerns and […]

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Speeding up the Mac Calendar.app

Computers can experience slowdowns for esoteric reasons. A machine can have maximum RAM, a capacious and speedy SSD, a processor that moves, and still occasionally leave owners puzzling over why it’s slow to react. Here’s a story about a slowdown I experienced in the macOS Calendar.app.

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Plebeian as a smart choice: the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi

Any time a new automotive category emerges, I’m immediately fascinated. That’s why I’m methodically exploring the subcompact SUV (entry-level SUV?) market. Here’s another test drive in the segment: the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi.

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Raking your words

Brevity is often the soul of clarity. The “often” is my addition. I admire authors like Hemingway and Orwell, who got to the point using the right (i.e. minimal) number of words. At the other end of the spectrum, Ayn Rand could have used an editor (among other professional services). Had Microsoft Word been around when she wrote […]

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