TechnoZen

Recording interviews using mobile devices

Just when I figured I’d tried every last interview recording technology I could use (and omitted ones I don’t care for anymore – goodbye cassettes), along comes a technology that improves on what I’ve used before. That’s why this series of blog posts on interview recording technology

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Recording interviews using a smartpen

I’ve used a bunch of technologies to record interviews during my career as a journalist. When I got to thinking about what I’ve tried, six blog posts poured out. This is number five in the series. To recap: I started this series with my seven habits for successfully recording

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Recording interviews via Skype

Journalists are not wanting for technology options when they need to record interviews. That’s why this is the fourth in a series of six posts on the topic. Several weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Then I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on

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Recording interviews using a digital voice recorder

A couple of weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Last week, I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on most computers, or that can be downloaded for free. This week I’ll review my digital voice recorder. This pocket-sized gadget is what many journalists think to

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Recording interviews using QuickTime

Last week I went over my seven habits of recording interviews. Other journalists thanked me for this, and a few want to know what technology I use. I’m going to explain what I have used multiple times in a series of blog posts. Today, I’ll go over options that many journalists don’t even

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Seven habits for recording interviews

As a journalist, I regularly record my interviews (with the interviewee’s knowledge and permission, of course). I’ve used several audio recording technologies over the years. Thinking through them all, I’ve come up with five that have proven dependable, if not always outstanding. They range from free to mid-range

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Review: 2015 Toyota Yaris

I’ve spent time on Italian roads, largely in small cars. My extended family there will tell you how expensive gas is (it hovers at roughly twice the price paid in Canada). Yet however economical their cars are to drive, they are far from spare. They buy cars

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Review: 2015 Subaru Impreza

This past fall, I drove what was allegedly the most ticketed car in the U.S., Subaru’s WRX. This winter, I drove what might be termed the “other end” of Subaru’s  spectrum of power, the 2015 Impreza.   If I made the Impreza sound pedestrian with the words above,

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My favourite productivity tips, tools and strategies

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, fellow freelancer Jane Langille and I will deliver a panel discussion on Enhancing Productivity: Tips, Tools, and Strategies to the Toronto chapter of the Editors Association of Canada. To prepare for my portion of this event, I drew up a quick mind map to

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Effectively filtering junk mail

Many people mark messages as junk in their email software (Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird and so forth), then wonder why messages from addresses marked as “spam” continue to land in their computers.

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