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Shortcut: Getting a Mac to behave during presentations and conference calls

One of the best things about leaving the world of enterprise software for a small startup a few years ago was getting to use a Mac as my primary work machine. The interface is refreshingly modern, I can send and receive … Continue reading

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Breaking a bad habit with some help from an app

The last time I drank a soda was at a casual business lunch on Wednesday, May 21st.  My coworkers each ordered a sandwich and a soda to go with it, so I did too. I was trying to cut soda … Continue reading

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Solved: Plantronics Voyager Legend fixes wind noise issues with firmware update

Yes, I’m still that jackass who walks around with a bluetooth headset on his ear. After more than a year using the Voyager Legend bluetooth headset from Plantronics, I still love it.  Between its ability to connect with my phone and … Continue reading

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Relying on a smartphone as a GPS when traveling in Europe

My wife and I recently took a trip for our 15th anniversary to Sicily. We were renting a car to travel around the island, and we knew we would need a GPS to successfully navigate both the dense city streets and … Continue reading

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Replacing your dishwasher? Get ready for some hefty electrical rewiring

Replacing an appliance should be pretty straightforward, right? Refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers all come in fairly standard sizes. It should be as simple as going to the store, picking out a new one that you like, and arranging for an … Continue reading

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Starbucks WiFi must be slow on purpose

Walk into a Starbucks or just about any other coffee shop in this country, and you will see the same thing: dozens of people sipping coffee while hunched over laptops as they work or study. In the corners, you may spot … Continue reading

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FaceTime in the car for the ultimate GPS

One of the recurring themes in my marriage to my wife Aviva is her getting lost and calling me for help. When this started almost 16 years ago, she was new to Boston and had a job that required driving around … Continue reading

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Answered: What’s inside a Crest “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tube

Have you seen the “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tubes from Crest? Rather than being a flexible tube that crumples as you use it, they are a more rigid tube that always stands nicely on the sink counter. They claim that … Continue reading

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The vanishing art of handwriting

As a child I spent years practicing how to write words on a sheet of paper. Aside from English and history classes, every homework assignment through college was done with a pencil in my hand. Now, just about the only … Continue reading

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An Office 365 Home Premium subscription is not a bad deal, actually

I remember reacting with skepticism when I heard that Microsoft was rolling out their famous Microsoft Office suite as a monthly subscription for $9.99 a month. Why pay an endless subscription when you could get the same product for a … Continue reading

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