TechnoZen

Using images in documents

As a  longtime technical writer, it’s second nature for me to add images to text documents. While I used to use Adobe Framemaker all the time to create complex technical manuals, I find it’s best to stick with Microsoft Word when I collaborate with non-technical subject matter

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Review: Lumos StepUp

A month into 2014, parents might be wondering how their kids might make “better” use of the smartphones and tablets bestowed upon them over the holidays. Maybe the kids would like to do a little learning on their tablets, the kind of learning that supplements the stuff

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Editing images on the cheap

Photography and layout pros use high-end image editing tools when they work. Adobe Photoshop rules this particular category of software, to the extent that “to photoshop” has become a commonly-used term meaning “to alter an image.” Photoshop is expensive, and for good reason – it offers many

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Who watches your browsing?

Thanks to people like Edward Snowden, more people understand how little privacy we actually have these days. Yet few people realize how many “trackers” follow their every click as they browse the Internet. That’s where people like a team at the Emily Carr University of Art +

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Permanently deleting computer files

2013 was an “interesting” year in Toronto municipal politics. For months, Mayor Rob Ford denied May allegations of crack cocaine use. He had to – media reports claimed that somebody shot a video of him smoking crack. Those allegations lasted until October, when Toronto police reported that

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The sure-footed Mazda CX-5

Driving home from a Christmas party one snowy Saturday night, my girlfriend and I approached a traffic light at the bottom of a valley. The light turned green as we approached, but I still had to brake since the upward slope past the light made the vehicles

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Wacky mobile phone facts

They’re ubiquitous. We take them for granted. But the mobile phone phenomenon supplies all sorts of nutty statistics.

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Distraction-free phones?

Here’s a novel idea: get a smartphone, and remove popular apps from it. Then disable some of the apps that you found on it when you took the phone out of the box.

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Right fit in the Mazda6

I didn’t expect the 2014 Mazda6 GT to roar when I pushed the engine start button, but the quiet that met my ears once I did so left me wondering why it sounded so civilized. It wasn’t hybrid-start quiet, but I expected more of an announcement that the

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One rule to rule them all

Creating email rules can sometimes seem like a complex bit of weaving. Once your list of rules grows lengthy, you might find that emails don’t take on the criteria (proper folder location, category, whether they’re deleted or not and so forth) that you expect. Email rules are

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