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Dealing with social network connection bloat

For the past few weeks, the total number of people in my LinkedIn network has been decreasing. Why? To use LinkedIn’s parlance, I’ve been removing connections.

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The evil sibling: the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

They call it TNT Orange. I guess it’s a little different from the Habanero Orange on the Tiguan I drove weeks prior. TNT certainly describes the reaction when you step on the accelerator of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 5-Door. First impressions That orange will catch plenty of eyes. Not

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Sideways technology explanations

Years ago, I regularly taught my then-employer’s clients how to configure my employer’s client software. To do so, I had to explain what a server’s IP address and port number are. Here’s the explanation I used: When you send a letter to a friend who lives in

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Continuing the drive towards automotive electrification: the 2018 BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

Automakers the world over are facing a 2025 deadline to reduce emissions, thanks to a 2011 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) agreement. Their strategies vary. Many, like BMW, are banking on PHEVs – plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. BMW will even electrify its M lineup of performance variants. The Bavarian

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The Repeal of Net Neutrality: What Could Go Wrong?

Given various forms of bluster coming from the United States government these days, people can be forgiven for losing track of issues at play in Washington. Here’s one that, IMHO, could affect the world more than most: the repeal of net neutrality laws. You might be thinking: what’s

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2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD

There’s a tier of automakers who keep their lineups spare, betting only on the vehicles and technologies that will keep them competitive. Mazda falls squarely into this category, and its bets have been paying off handsomely. The Japanese automaker made a stir in 2017 when it debuted

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What’s an Active Workstation?

Remember the clickbait headline “Sitting Is the New Smoking”? One of the latest iterations of the perennial office ergonomics conversation, it helped give rise to the notion of an “active workstation.” I wish the headline jibed with reality. It could be better rewritten as “Not Moving and

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline

After testing the 2017 Wolfsburg model earlier this year, I was looking forward to trying the Highline version of the revamped 2018 Volkswage Tiguan. First impressions My Habanero Orange Metallic tester isn’t part of the “grey is good” class. It stands tall on 18” alloy wheels. A shorter

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Microsoft Word 2016: a rant in ten parts

Late last year, I took the advice of a friend and upgraded to Microsoft Office 365. I regret that decision. I lean mostly on Word, and until I upgraded to 365 I had no idea how much I depended on Word simply being a canvas that I

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The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

One fine fall day, I pulled out of a parking lot, momentarily forgetting what I was driving, and hit the accelerator with a little more oomph than was wise. I woke up quickly to the power on tap that drove the 2018 TLX A-Spec SH-AWD. First impressions Acura’s

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