TechnoZen

Remove formatting from copied text

Researching articles. Writing school assignments. Quoting other people in blog posts. During each activity, I usually cut text from one document and paste it into another. The resulting text may make sense, but it often ends up looking like a ransom note, with different sections of text cut out of the

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The bang-for-the-buck 2017 Hyundai Elantra

My experience with Hyundais follows a consistent theme: a Korean automaker that packs huge amounts of value for the price. In this respect, they seem second to none. That’s why I looked forward to driving the seemingly plebeian 2017 Hyundai Elantra. First impressions The Iron Grey Elantra SE I drove doesn’t

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Checking grammar using Microsoft Word

Part of my routine towards the end of writing projects is to check spelling and grammar. When I write things using Microsoft Word, I use the spelling and grammar checker it offers. I also ensure that it shows me readability statistics. Why? The simpler I write, the more likely

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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,

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