TechnoZen

A retail business website played me

Several weeks ago, I decided to buy a Bluetooth headset to replace my beloved but deceased Plantronics BackBeat 903+. The headset I chose: the Plantronics BackBeat FIT. I trust the manufacturer and it’s marketed as holding up to sweat if you wear it during workouts. (I think that’s what

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Out of Arizona: the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Crossovers have won sizeable chunks of space on the roads, in parking lots, in dealer showrooms and particularly in the hearts of car buyers. Just about every automaker in the world offers a crossover, and it’s into this competitive niche that Hyundai has introduced the 2016 Tucson. First impressions

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Thoughts on machine transcription

As a journalist and business/technology writer, I regularly record interviews. I also listen to recordings of other people’s interviews. Following each recording, I embark on the slog of transcribing what interview subjects say. I regularly deal with different accents, so I can (gleefully) make out every word said in

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If the CX-5 and 3 had a baby, it would be the 2016 Mazda CX-3

Modern Mazdas strike me as constantly grinning things, with their big, smile-shaped grilles and squinty headlights. I know this is part of Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of Motion design language, but still. It’s not like these vehicles shouldn’t be happy. One in particular ought to be celebrating

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Creating forms: a brief introduction

Sometimes you need a checklist of things to ask on a regular basis. For instance, each time I speak with a prospective client for my writing or training services, I use a form to make sure I cover the right questions, and record what we say and agree

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F-Sport meets the Lexus CT 200h

Lexus (and parent company Toyota) are no strangers to hybrid vehicles. A quick look at the Lexus lineup shows hybrid options for many of the vehicles it produces, plus a hybrid that has no regular gasoline-motor-only equivalent: the Lexus CT 200h.

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The first conversation with a client

This business-focused blog post serves to set up a technology-focused one I’ll publish in a couple of weeks. I’m always grateful when I make contact with prospective clients. (I’m especially grateful when they contact me!). The feeling of gratitude quickly gives way to a desire to learn

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Braving winter and technology in the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Driving on a wintry highway with my girlfriend asleep in the passenger seat, I took my hands off the wheel. The vehicle approached the right lane marker. Suddenly, the steering wheel turned itself to bring us back into our lane. I let the vehicle keep going steadily to the opposite lane

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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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