TechnoZen

Productivity Tips for Busy Professionals

Last week, I joined a panel with two other professionals to talk about productivity with a number of freelance writers. The Professional Writers Association of Canada (pwac.ca) Toronto chapter (pwactoronto.org) hosted me, Dustin Meneses from cloud accounting provider Freshbooks and professional organizer Susannah Coneybeare. Have any questions about

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Thoughts on smart speakers

When I walk into my office, I like to listen to classical music streaming from a commercial-free station. To do this, I used to fire up iTunes on my computer, go to my favourites and start the music. Now I stream classical music in my office by pressing the play

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Losing a door on the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

It’s odd for a vehicle to be a coupe on the driver’s side while offering two doors on the other. I explored this distinctive feature, among others during my week with the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition. First impressions

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Remote control light bulbs

Nobody says “there’s an app for that” any more, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The mobile app revolution has affected just about everything, it seems, right down to the light bulb in my study lamp. Does LED technology really help reduce electricity bills? My condominium board

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The snarl of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S AWD

Driving down a busy Toronto street, my girlfriend suddenly said: “Wow, this car really turns heads!” That about sums up the first impression this car makes. Complete strangers approach you with compliments and questions. And it only gets better when you slide into the driver’s seat, fire up the willing

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Clearing up print misconceptions

I try to run a paperless office. My to-do lists are all paperless since I work with those lists on software I can call up on my computer, tablet or iPod. (I’d hate to go back to a paper organizer.) I do a lot of document review (and annotation)

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Ground speed: the 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost

Ground Speed. Those are the words on the speedometer of the 2015 Ford Mustang I drove during the week Doc and Marty apparently visited in the second “Back to the Future” movie. It got me thinking: I really should check out the settings on this car. If it has

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Terms and Conditions May Apply

Ever wonder what happens when you agree to the end user licence agreements (or EULAs) that you must abide by to use modern technology? This past weekend, I watched a documentary that explores the chain of events you set in motion when you click things like the “Submit” button

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The fighter-jet inspired 2016 Nissan Maxima

When carmakers design new models, they look for inspiration in a variety of places. Nissan’s designers? They visited the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Their attempts to imbue a car with a jet fighter’s looks results in the 2016 Nissan Maxima. I checked out a Platinum edition in the Maxima-exclusive exterior colour

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I read 425 words per minute

This might be the most eye-catching blog post title I’ve ever come up with. It may also be the easiest. It’s certainly accurate. I know I’m reading at this speed because Spritz Reader tells me so.

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