Posts Tagged Google

Microsoft Word 2016: a rant in ten parts

Late last year, I took the advice of a friend and upgraded to Microsoft Office 365. I regret that decision. I lean mostly on Word, and until I upgraded to 365 I had no idea how much I depended on Word simply being a canvas that I

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Google Pizza – is this satire?

I usually publish “factual” things on my blog: opinions, how-to tips, insights, etc. This week’s post may be helpful and insightful, even if, on the surface, it’s satire. A friend posted this on an email list I belong to. She didn’t note the original author, so if

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Social media rationing

Social media is not always my friend. I use several networks, but I don’t feel all that productive when I check them. I feel especially unproductive (read: guilty) when I “fall down the rabbit hole” and check people’s statuses, “like” various posts, watch cat videos… you know the drill.

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Creating forms: a brief introduction

Sometimes you need a checklist of things to ask on a regular basis. For instance, each time I speak with a prospective client for my writing or training services, I use a form to make sure I cover the right questions, and record what we say and agree

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A rant about calendars

Whenever I send people an email, chances are it either arrives in their inboxes or, in a small minority of cases, their spam filters reroute it to their spam boxes. One or the other. Emails just don’t get lost in transit. I’d expect the same thing to happen with

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Review: 2015 Subaru Outback

Driving south on Toronto’s Royal York Road one morning, I saw over the roof of a decade-old Subaru Forester in front of me, the blatantly utilitarian shape having since given way to today’s  modern SUV appearance. This sighting gave me pause. You see, I was driving a vehicle I once

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Controlling Flash using Firefox

Adobe’s Flash technology is practically a standard on the Internet. Web developers use it on all sorts of pages since it adds, well, “flash” to a page. Whether “flash” adds value to the page is a debate for another post… Unfortunately, Flash (Adobe’s) has its drawbacks. It has

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Hangout needs only computer, Internet connection

Law firm partners Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner resembled news anchors as they tackled the topic of employee sick notes, a matter that had recently been featured in mainstream news reports. Their venue wasn’t television, though. The principals of employment law boutique Rudner MacDonald hosted a Google+

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Wearable technology raising many legal concerns

Towards the end of the dystopian 2013 satire The Circle, by Dave Eggers, the protagonist wears a front-facing wearable camera and microphone device that livestreams (except for bathroom breaks) her every waking moment to millions of followers. In the real world, Toronto Police Services recently announced a

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Sync your phone

I recently watched a podcast (embedded below) about syncing a phone’s contacts with Google contacts. It reminded me of what happens to people who: rely on their phones exclusively for contact information for hundreds, if not thousands, of people don’t back up their phones to their computers

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