TechnoZen

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

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Road tripping in the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Some cars just fit right for a road trip. That’s what I realized on a late summer Toronto-Kingston-Rideau Canal jaunt in the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune.

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(Etre) Checking Your Mac

Browsing Apple support forums is a great way for do-it-yourselfers to learn about what issues might plague a Mac or other Apple product. That’s where I learned about Etrecheck, a free utility (donation requested) that gives me insight on what’s going on with my Mac.

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The 2017 Jaguar F-Type S: a relationship or an affair?

Some cars you marry. Others you just take for a fling. Members of the latter category may try to fool you into thinking they belong in the former. Comfort and safety features may abound, from heated leather seats to a heated leather flat-bottomed steering wheel to blind spot alerts

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Activities on my computer

If your Mac is running slow, a good place to start troubleshooting is in Activity Monitor, a utility built in to every Mac.

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The automotive technology arms race is alive and well: the BMW 750i xDrive

I usually interact with vehicles I drive by touching some surface inside said vehicle. Yet when I twirled  my finger in the air or waved my hand, the BMW 750i xDrive knew exactly what to do. The Bavarian Motor Works has a reputation for jamming all sorts of technology into its vehicles,

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Apple Support – the Twitter Handle

My apologies to people who don’t want to read a fanboy account of Apple. This isn’t that. This is a narration of the facts, and just the facts. I keep track of issues that crop up with my out-of-warranty Apple products. My MacBook Pro is 6.5 years

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The 2016 Range Rover TDV6 Diesel, HSE

Few vehicles stand out as international icons in their class. I enjoyed a week with one such icon, the 2016 Range Rover Diesel, HSE. First impressions This tall, wide vehicle looks ready for business with its tall stance, nearly upright windshield and elevated ground clearance. My Santorini Black tester’s offroad-ready

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Checking a computer's hard disk drive

Every computer contains a device it uses to store information even when the power is off. Up until a few years ago, that device was always a hard disk drive (HDD). Increasingly, computers ship with solid state drives (SSDs) instead. Why? SSDs deliver better performance than HDDs, especially

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Trading cuteness for space: the 2016 Fiat 500x Sport

Few SUVs offer TV ads that display their products honestly. Maybe that’s why Italian automaker Fiat’s ad was a breath of fresh air, disguised by humour typical of the brand’s ads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y Disclaimer: The 2016 Fiat 500x Sport I test drove came with the little blue pill pre swallowed, it

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