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The sleek, muscular BMW 650i xDrive Cabriolet

Open-air cruising wasn’t on my mind when I drove the BMW 650i xDrive Cabriolet back in March, but by the time you read this, you might yearn to do exactly that, and in this car. First impressions The 650i Cabriolet pertains to the 6-series, which includes gran coupés,

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Easily putting boilerplate text in email

Some time ago, I blogged about my usage of keyboard shortcuts to automate phrases, paragraphs, even entire messages that I often type. Its a great way to recreate boilerplate text quickly and efficiently. I set up my shortcuts to work across all software on my computer (well, almost all software

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A Bavarian hybrid experience: the BMW 330e with eDrive

It’s tough to balance the promise of hybrid fuel economy with the power many drivers want to enjoy in a car. It can be even tougher when an automotive brand is known for quick vehicles. That’s what makes the BMW 330e a fascinating car to test.

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Corralling multiple email addresses

Do you have two or more email addresses? Tired of flipping between web pages to check them all? Why bother. Instead, set them all up in one email client.

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Getting the details right in the 2017 Lexus GS 350

Electronic parking brake switches are nothing new in modern cars. This isn’t the first thing I usually mention in a car review, if it even makes the review at all. How mundane could one possibly be, right? Stay with me. I had some difficulty finding the switch when I

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The consequences of forwarding suspicious emails

An acquaintance recently asked me if I had blocked her email address. I was puzzled. She said she received a message from my email service that said her message was blocked. When we talked this through, I began to understand what must have happened.

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Punching above one’s weight: the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Automakers tend to include at least one “sports sedan” in their lineups. Handsome, practical four-door-plus-trunk models that deliver extra performance never seem to go out of fashion. Into this category comes a worthwhile challenger: Ford’s 2017 Fusion V6 Sport. First impressions If it weren’t for the Fusion’s perceptibly

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Closing the email barn door?

People who try to recall an email after they’ve sent it might think it’s a good idea to close the barn doors after the horses have all fled. That bit of snark comes courtesy of email systems that boast “recall” tools. I tried the one in Microsoft Outlook about

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Utility in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

Looking for a compact SUV with a hybrid drive system? Check out the manufacturer who co-introduced the modern sport-cute and put the first commercially successful hybrid vehicles on the road. That’s what I did during my week with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited. First impressions The utility part of

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Journaling: Analog Respite in a Digital World

Nothing seems to catch the eye quite like a self-avowed technology geek writing in a paper notebook using a fountain pen. At least that’s the effect I seem to have when I do this in front of people who know me. Few people understand how useful this habit can be. Even

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