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Maximum MINI – the 2018 Cooper Countryman ALL4

How does a brand with the name “mini” slake consumer first for large vehicles while retaining a claim to its diminutive brand? That’s the first question I had when I stepped into the 2018 MINI Countryman ALL4. The answer I came up with: there’s a hodgepodge of personalities

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Refreshing my LinkedIn network

Some time ago, I wrote about social network bloat. I followed up with a deeper dive, which is a bit redundant now that I read it again. It’s clearly a topic that recurs to me. Much of what I wrote in line with how I recommend people build

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The family-hauling 2018 Honda Pilot

Lots of drivers thirst for roominess but not the stodginess of minivans. Automakers know this. That’s why just about every one offers an SUV that features three-row seating. I spent a week with a mainstay in this category, the 2018 Honda Pilot. First impressions Largely unchanged from 2017,

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Writing with Mind Maps

When I start to write a document, the ideas in it never get to the page in publishable order. (I know I’m not alone in this.) Pieces of the “story” float about. Many writers feel a compulsion to write from the start of a new document. That

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Worth the wait: the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

You know a car is a hot ticket when you call to reserve it for a media review the same day you get the email announcing it’s joined the media fleet, only to be told you’ll need to wait a few months for your turn. Fortunately, I’m

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Dialling phone extensions from your Mac

I’ve been increasingly making phone calls using my Mac, without even touching my iPhone. FaceTime on the Mac makes this possible when my Mac and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network. (Apple provides full setup instructions here.) It’s a great convenience. The sound is fine,

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The still-solid 2018 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

Carmakers strive to deliver category-busting models at an ever-increasing rate. Those efforts have resulted in many interesting vehicles on our roads. Those same carmakers also recognize the value in delivering models that consumers have always (will always?) find appealing. The economical four-door sedan is one such staple. Popular models have

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Editing screencasts using a Mac – Part 2 of Creating screencasts using a Mac

In a previous blog post, I described the process of recording my first screencast using only tools that are free with the Mac. The screencast captured audio and video as I narrated what I did on screen. Contents of my screencast I recorded the screencast as a series

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SUV as cruising sedan: the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD

Some days, you need to haul a few more things than you might have room for in an ordinary vehicle. That IKEA chair a friend gave you fully assembled, because she lost the instructions and the box. Four guys and their hockey gear. You know the situation. Those days turned

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Recording screencasts using a Mac: Part 1 of Creating screencasts using a Mac

Why buy third-party software when all you need is on the Mac? That was the theme for a series of eight technology videos I produced. These videos were my assignment in a university course about computer-aided technology (CAT) tools. (I’m pursuing an accelerated B.A. in translation (French to

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