Posts Tagged productivity

A very D#%M!! good idea

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain I’m always looking for tricks to improve my writing. One trick I learned a long time ago involves culling excess verbiage from

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Legal translation technology a matter of trust

Companies that file documents with the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) often need to ensure they are in both of Canada’s official languages. Document translation is expensive. Can businesses avoid this expense? After all, it’s 2019. Free translation services abound online. Have you heard

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Computer-aided translation (CAT) tools – I’m a top student!

This blog post is partly about technology and partly about me patting myself on the back. I was recently recognized for my ability to conquer new technology. Here’s the story. Backstory If you follow my social media feeds, you’ll notice I increasingly speak about translation. That’s because

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Alternatives to free email for small business

I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve seen people use free email services (like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo) as their business email addresses. Those addresses create the wrong impression, especially when all other customer touchpoints – business cards, websites, store signs, brochures and so on –

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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