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TechnoZen

Calendars and time zones

Business travellers need to make meetings at set times regardless of the number of time zones they cross. When people regularly wore watches, forgetting to adjust for time zones could cause them to miss appointments. Now that increasing numbers of people use their mobile phones to tell

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Smarts that cars can use

I sometimes hear grumbling about all the knickknacks carmakers jam into new vehicles. While I agree they can seem like too much to pay attention to, sometimes the extra electronics are worth considering.

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Don't double-book yourself

Do you ever double-book yourself for appointments? I stopped doing that a long time ago, since I hate having to apologize for missing important events. Here’s how I did it.

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Understanding the "cloud"

I loved using Palm Pilot devices. All sorts of stuff that was on my computer synchronized to my handheld and I could look it up just by pulling the device out of a pocket and using it. Today, there’s a third “device” between the handheld and the

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How do YOU track your fitness?

Gone is the need for paper and pen to track calories burned and calories consumed. I use technology on my wrist and in my iPod Touch to track this stuff. My next goal: to get ONE tool that lets me track everything. Meanwhile, here’s what I do. If you

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Facebook spam

Anybody who has had email for any length of time has seen plenty of spam. Most of us have the protection of spam filters, so we minimize the time we take to figure out what’s legitimate and what’s not. Too bad Facebook doesn’t offer the same protection.

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Listening to library e-audiobooks

I’ve long listened to audiobooks in my car. Using both cassette tapes and CDs stashed in my 6-CD, trunk-mounted changer, I’ve whiled away hours “reading” stuff I might never have made time for. Both cassette players and CD changers may verge on anachronisms, but they’ve done a lot

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Your computer is a scanner

Here’s a back-to-school tip that can help notebook computer-owning students cut down on photocopying fees – just use the camera and your computer’s software to make copies of books.

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Social networks at work – yes or no?

At many workplaces, debate rages over whether to allow Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the other usual suspects into the office. This debate can happen regardless of whether access has been granted or not. The InfoSec Institute shared an article with me that explains the good and bad

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Let MIT map your life

Ever wonder how much the folks at Google really know about your life? Intrepid researchers at MIT can help you find out.

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