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by Miriam - January 13th, 2018


Wrangling Windows 10 – Using Gadgets

by Miriam - January 10th, 2018

Yes, I’m a latecomer to Windows 10.  I upgraded to WIN 8.1 machines shortly before the WIN 10 “revolution,” and since I was getting great performance out of my WIN 8.1 machines, I had no need to upgrade to 10 until recently.

Also, to be honest, I was skeptical and leery of the WIN 10 “metro” interface (having successfully configured my WIN 8.1 machine to suit my preference for a WIN 7 interface.

But, my primary computer finally started getting slower (despite my regular data maintenance), and I started running out of space on my primary SD drive, so I ordered a replacement model, knowing that I would also need to adapt to WIN 10.

I must admit that the transition from my WIN 8.1 machine to my new WIN 10 was very smooth.  I highly recommend the use of transition software.  I used LapLink PC Mover Pro, which was easy to install and use, and much faster than restoring my CrashPlan backup (which would have taken days at best, and months if done via download (I’m not kidding – I live in the country have very slow internet speed)).  All data was transferred in 6 hours.

Loading software and configuring the new computer was time consuming, but otherwise painless.  It took a solid day, but the transition was smooth, and I was able to configure my new WIN 10 desktop back to the model I know and love.


No Gadgets??? What is this nonsense??? Running gadget-style applications from the WIN Metro screen is just plain silly, and it was awkward to use metro-intended tiles on my desktop configuration.  All I need are some desktop information items and – as it turns out – a reliable way to play Pandora (the WIN 10 Pandora app is terrible – it is too large and does not retain my stations.  I had to uninstall and reinstall it every time I wanted to change stations).

To the rescue!  8 Gadget Pack! This terrific small package of several useful gadgets runs very well on WIN 10 and I was familiar with it, having used it on my WIN 8.1 machine.  I was able to install an analog clock, a weather app and – finally! a Pandora gadget that works exactly like I want.  The Pandora gadget was claimed from Pandora as a “Sidebar Gadget for Vista” (huh? It took me a while to find it, but I knew that it surely had to exist).  You can also install Pandora Desktop, which runs on Adobe Air (I have not tried this on my WIN 10 machine, but this was the application I used on my WIN 8 machine).

You can see below – I like to park my gadgets on the sidebar of my vertical monitor.  Success with WIN 10.  Now, back to work and your regularly scheduled programming.

The Faces of Facebook

by Miriam - December 30th, 2017

It was only a matter of time.  Click the link below to go to an app website that compiles all the “faces” of facebook into one website picture.  Click any place and get closer view.  Click a profile picture and go to that person’s facebook page.

I get the idea, and it’s an intriguing notion.  The website has a disclaimer that no personal information is captured and you can ask to have your picture removed.

Remember to set your personal Facebook privacy settings properly – you never know who might find you.  Otherwise, it is an interesting concept that gives you an idea of just how big the world is.

The App of Facebook

Happy New Year

by Miriam - December 30th, 2017

Happy New Year from Lawlatte.  May your 2018 be peaceful and prosperous.

Farm Leases – LL and T perspectives

by Miriam - December 27th, 2017

Corn & Soybean Digest has a very nice basic article about farmland leases and the relative mix between risk and reward (return on investment) for each.  The information is based upon Iowa data, but the concept translates well to Indiana.  I work with both landlords and farmers (tenants), and when we are discussing leases (on either side of the table), we also discuss how my client wants to balance risk versus return (either in land rent income or crop income).  There are both risk and tax reasons to lean toward one model more than another, and those reasons vary with the individual.  I’ve enjoyed working with some very creative farmers to come up with enticing packages for landowners that help manage risk and profit for the farmer.

Custom Fit Your Farm Lease

WOTE Feliz Navidad

by Miriam - December 26th, 2017

Still in the season, enjoy this rendition of Feliz Navidad from Walk Off the Earth.  Watch for the key change at the end.

Merry Christmas!

by Miriam - December 25th, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

by Miriam - November 23rd, 2017

Thank a Veteran Today (And Every Day)

by Miriam - November 11th, 2017

Lava Lamps Secure the Internet

by Miriam - November 8th, 2017

We know that Random Number Generators are not truly random.  Here’s a “way cool” way to ramp up the random:

From Rusty Blazenhoff at BoingBoing: How These Lava Lamps are Securing the Internet

As a child of the 70’s who has a real, full-sized lava lamp on my desk, I approve.

Daylight Saving Time Ends – Be Careful Out There

by Miriam - November 3rd, 2017

Time (pun intended) for my biannual rant against DST.   Check out this article from National Geographic about the origins and purpose of DST.  Then come tell me that DST is a good idea.

But, regardless, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night.

Daylight Saving Time is Weirder than You Think

Be Spooky Out There.

by Miriam - October 31st, 2017

You Are Your Font

by Miriam - October 18th, 2017

McSweeny’s has a motto of “Daily Humor Almost Every Day Since 1998,” and certainly brightens my day with it’s spot-on analysis of today’s socio-political environment. Check out a recent post on “What Your Email Font Says About You.”

The Sound of Silence for the New Millennium

by Miriam - October 10th, 2017

Remake by the heavy-metal band, Disturbed. Well done and very powerful.

Why Farming is Broken (Minute Earth)

by Miriam - October 2nd, 2017

Interesting observations – perhaps a bit simplistic – but worth the time to consider.