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My Passwords are Destroying My Life!

My Passwords are Destroying My Life!
The more interactions I have with the corporate part of oil & gas companies the more I realize: They have lots of systems that aren’t linked in and require different passwords. They require passwords to be changed on some arbitrary basis that doesn’t even match for their own systems. The password requirements are such gibberish that there is no way a human can remember them without writing it down on the desk on a sticky note. I’m sure the rest of the world is the same way.  The 6 different passwords I have for work — when combined with the ...

My Newest Networking Tool – WriteThat.name

My Newest Networking Tool - WriteThat.name
As some of you might now, I occasionally write about companies or products that you will like, do really cool things, or meet a need that I have.  A problem I have had for a while is that through all the social networking and emails I’ve amassed a ridiculously sized contacts database in Gmail.  The size isn’t the problem though, my problem is that I couldn’t possibly take the time to update all the contacts as people move between companies, cities, and phone numbers.  Everyone knows that I think networking is important, and you can’t network too well if you ...

My Newest Promotional Tool – Moo MiniCards

My Newest Promotional Tool - Moo MiniCards
My wife, Hailey, recently got a set of these “MiniCards” for herself.  When she told me she ordered them I was thinking “Great, business cards, cool….”, but when they came in the mail they actually were pretty darn cool. These aren’t your ordinary business cards, they are about half the size and have some pretty neat options when you create them.  For instance, you can have a series of different images on the back of the cards instead of just being able to choose one single image.  The Moo.com website has one example of a real estate agent making a ...

Book Review: Oil and Gas Title Examination

Book Review: Oil and Gas Title Examination
So I’ve spent the last several weeks digesting a book by George J. Morgenthaler, Oil and Gas Title Examination.  The book is designed for attorneys who prepare title opinions, but it will be very useful to the experienced title researcher.  When a title researcher understands what a title examiner is looking for, it will assuredly help them to deliver a higher quality product. When you purchase the book you will have the option of receiving an e-book version or a hard-bound copy.  I reviewed the hard-bound book, and I was particularly impressed with the quality of the printing and binding. ...

Faxing is Dead — I Need a Fax Machine.

Faxing is Dead -- I Need a Fax Machine.
I’ve come to realize that the only businesses in the oil & gas industry who use fax machines are the ones I need to do business with.  I don’t know why that is… people always tell me that nobody uses fax machines anymore.  I’ve got news for you, I do and it’s not by choice.  It’s not every day, but several times I month I end up having to send something somewhere and it has to go by fax.  Now mind you, I’m pretty computer savvy, I do all that blog ‘stuff’.  I am completely capable of scanning a document ...

Review: Roku 2 XS

Review: Roku 2 XS
Yes, yes, I know.  Half of you are thinking “What is a Roku 2 XS?” and the other half are thinking “Are you just figuring this out?”  First off, yes I’m just figuring this out.  Secondly, a Roku is a nifty little box that will stream movies, music, games, and all sorts of other cool stuff to your TV.  I got one recently and I thought I would write a review on it. I also can imagine a third question.  “Why the heck are you writing about it on a landman blog?”  I think that a Roku is a great ...

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)
I had the opportunity over the last several weeks to review a new publication by John R. Childers and Joe W. Judd.  It’s called the Landman Lease and Title Manual and is being sold on Amazon.com.  The book description on Amazon is very straightforward: The Landman Lease and Title Manual is designed to impart upon the new and lightly experienced landman the essential skills and knowledge necessary to work in the oil and gas industry. The manual is not designed as a substitute for the traditional mentor-type learning characteristic of the oil and gas industry, nor is the manual a ...

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 2

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger - Part 2
This review is a continuation of Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing Well, I’ve had a week or so to use the TripLogik TL1000 and I’m ready to share my experience with everyone. Installation As mentioned in Part 1 of this review, the TripLogik GPS logger includes two different methods to power the device in your vehicle.  The first is a standard cigarette lighter adapter, and the second is a OBD II cable that plugs into a port underneath the dash of most 2006+ model vehicles.  I chose to use the OBD II port, because it ...

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger - Part 1 - Unboxing
Today I received the new TL1000 GPS mileage logger from TripLogik that I talked about in my earlier blog, GPS Logging – The Best Way to Track Business Mileage. It came shipped from Canada, so allow for the $21 shipping cost.  I initially wonder if there is a less expensive shipping option, as my earlier GPS logger (Milo by SatLogix) didn’t charge me any shipping fee.  Although the unit cost was $30 higher.  Perhaps SatLogix just built the price of shipping into the unit. The unit arrived well packaged, and it took about 10 days to receive it.  I don’t ...

AAPL – Joint Operating Agreements Class

AAPL - Joint Operating Agreements Class
I recently attended a seminar called Joint Operating Agreements, Exploration and Participation Agreements, hosted by the AAPL, taught by Dorsey Roach, CPL.  Not having much direct experience with these type of agreements, other than reading them, I assumed that I stood to learn quite a bit.  I was pleasantly surprised by the 2-day course, and found it very informative. While the title of course might lead you to think that it only addresses joint operating agreements, Mr. Roach also broached the topic of Participation Agreements and Exploration Agreements.  He feels that these agreements are being used much more often, and in ...


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