TechnoZen

Taking value-priced cars upscale: the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door Hatchback

I’ve enjoyed plenty of fine vehicles over the years, but I still have a soft spot for practical cars that eschew unnecessary frills and deliver a good ride at a competitive price. Over the years, Korean automakers have competed hard using this philosophy. Competitive vehicle pricing is a

Read more

Mac Autocorrect Keyboard Shortcuts

Autocorrect features help you prevent misspellings, but they have other uses as well. For instance, you can create shortcuts to help you quickly insert: special symbols that don’t appear on your keyboard (like ©, ®, ¿ and ¡) boilerplate text emojis These features ship standard on every

Read more

From sports coupe to CUV: the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

You might remember the Mitsubishi Eclipse sports coupe. Production ended years ago, but Mitsu clearly sees potential in the name and the concept. That potential ended up in the form of a new crossover from the Japanese automaker. I spent a week with the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE in Diamond

Read more

Thoughts on driving and distraction: infotainment versus driving information systems

Several months ago, a friend upgraded from his 1987 Cutlass to a (drum roll please) top-of-the-line 2018 Honda Civic. Not being the most tech-savvy of people, he took me out for a ride in his new ride, hoping to learn a few things about all the flashing

Read more

An economy car icon goes upscale: the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Highline

Small cars aren’t just for the frugal. Dress up an economy car with luxury touches, add an engine that provides extra oomph, and you could be inside the 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI Highline. First impressions The Golf may be Volkswagen’s second-most iconic vehicle still in production. And why

Read more

What Does Artificial Intelligence Really Mean? The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. There’s a robot, who I’ll call Auguste, posed on a black box to resemble Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Thinker.” That black box serves as a metaphor for unanswered questions. Auguste graces the cover of Byron Reese’s latest book, The

Read more

The SUV is now a car: the 2018 Hyundai Kona

Automobile buyers have thirsted for SUVs over several decades, but not all of them like how thirsty they are at the pump. This consumer segment also values vehicles that are easy to park and otherwise manoeuvre in urban settings. These consumers got their wish when crossovers hit the

Read more

Workarounds to working with Citrix

Do you have an office job that lets you work remotely? If you do, chances are you work not so much on your computer as you do through a secure “tunnel” into your company’s servers. Whether you use Windows or a Mac the work environment appears as

Read more

Respectable much of the time: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

Sometimes you want your “family sedan” to be capable of a little more fun in the side. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT. First Impressions The Reflex Silver Metallic paint contrasts subtly with the Black Uni Roof, side mirrors and

Read more

Getting around media website paywalls

News websites need to make money, so they ask readers for subscriptions. These subscriptions seem reasonable and I suspect many news junkies (sorry, readers) pay for them. My relationship to news websites I’m doing what I can to avoid the news in general. As an old New Yorker cartoon

Read more