TechnoZen

Using built-in dictionaries in macOS

On any given workday, I wear one or more of the following hats: journalist, technical writer, translator, automotive reviewer, editor, student. The written word follows me all day long (or do I follow it?) My grasp of grammar and vocabulary are good, but there’s always room for

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The Lexusification of the 2018 Toyota Camry XLE V6

Few cars have spent so much time at or near the top of North American automotive sales charts. When I recently drove one of these, I realized Toyota hasn’t rested on its laurels. I enjoyed the increasing Lexusification of the 2018 Camry XLE V6. First impressions The new Camry,

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Bringing (Honda) Clarity to the road

Automakers the world over are working towards corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Bettering the fuel consumption numbers across their fleets has resulted in hybridized existing models and new hybrid vehicles to choose from. Honda’s 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid falls into the latter category. From traditional hybrid to

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Thoughts on email signatures

With a blog post title like this, you can tell I’m a hit at parties… Productivity for me means doing the little things as efficiently as possible. But efficiency isn’t always possible. Here’s a prime example.

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The high-rise compact crossover: the 2018 Toyota C-HR

Compact crossovers have been gaining ground as slightly less roomy alternatives to crossovers and full-sized SUVs. Their popularity makes the value-for-price competition among automakers seems especially intense in this segment. Toyota competes here as hard as the next automaker. The Japanese company chose to differentiate its entry to

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Dealing with social network connection bloat

For the past few weeks, the total number of people in my LinkedIn network has been decreasing. Why? To use LinkedIn’s parlance, I’ve been removing connections.

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The evil sibling: the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

They call it TNT Orange. I guess it’s a little different from the Habanero Orange on the Tiguan I drove weeks prior. TNT certainly describes the reaction when you step on the accelerator of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 5-Door. First impressions That orange will catch plenty of eyes. Not

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Sideways technology explanations

Years ago, I regularly taught my then-employer’s clients how to configure my employer’s client software. To do so, I had to explain what a server’s IP address and port number are. Here’s the explanation I used: When you send a letter to a friend who lives in

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Continuing the drive towards automotive electrification: the 2018 BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

Automakers the world over are facing a 2025 deadline to reduce emissions, thanks to a 2011 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) agreement. Their strategies vary. Many, like BMW, are banking on PHEVs – plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. BMW will even electrify its M lineup of performance variants. The Bavarian

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The Repeal of Net Neutrality: What Could Go Wrong?

Given various forms of bluster coming from the United States government these days, people can be forgiven for losing track of issues at play in Washington. Here’s one that, IMHO, could affect the world more than most: the repeal of net neutrality laws. You might be thinking: what’s

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