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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 ...

Do You Use a Flowchart Program? Should You?

Do You Use a Flowchart Program?  Should You?
A very useful tool I have found when running title is to have a good way to generate flowcharts for tracking.  I use flowcharts to track mineral interests, overrides, and working interests throughout the chain of title.  I have found that many landmen and title attorneys use MS Word/MS Excel, or even butcher’s paper to make flowcharts.  Your life can be significantly easier if you choose to use a dedicated program to design flowcharts. Why shouldn’t you use a solution like MS Word or MS Excel?  It’s a program that most of us already own and it can get the ...

The AAPL Member Directory – An Indispensable Tool

The AAPL Member Directory - An Indispensable Tool
One of the benefits of joining the AAPL is that you receive a printed member directory, and you also gain access to the electronic member directory available on the AAPL website.  This tool has become very useful over the years, and today I’d like to talk about some of the various ways in which I use it. The almost 500 page reference book starts out by including some great information that is generally useful to AAPL members.  The first 50 pages encompass background information about the AAPL membership types, award programs & recipients, contact information on AAPL executive members and ...

Land Management Systems – An Overview

Land Management Systems - An Overview
Land management systems (LMS) are used by a variety of companies to manage their assets.  Some of the companies that utilize land systems are E&P companies, mining companies, law firms, pipeline companies, and royalty partnerships.  These systems maintain an electronic catalog of leases, company owned fee lands, rights-of-way, unit designations, and any other type of agreement that may need to be tracked.  These systems not only allow easy record keeping and reporting, but also provide help in managing those properties.  When an organizations land assets become too complex to be managed via spreadsheet, it is time to evaluate the purchase ...

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)
If you read the article I recently wrote about WriteThat.name, you’ll be expecting this contest.  The folks over at WriteThat.name have volunteered to give away a free year of their premium service to one of our members. To enter the contest you should be using Gmail, Outlook (Desktop Version), or Google Apps Email.  You need to do two things to get in the contest: Sign Up for Email Updates from LandmanInsider.com.  You can choose to get an email whenever new articles are posted, or only once a week. Leave a comment on this page, so we know you are interested ...

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 ...

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 ...

Skiptracing for Landmen and Land Managers

Skiptracing for Landmen and Land Managers
First, a little history of “skip-tracing” There are innumerable reasons as to why a person, usually referred to as a “skip”, needs to be located. They could be a witness required for an investigation, or perhaps have reneged on a recent bail bond or is a suspect in criminal activity; or as in the case of a missing mineral rights owner, is sought as a potential lessor. Regardless of the reason to locate someone it’s all called skip-tracing and the methods to locate an individual or “skip” are the same in almost every case. It’s my challenge to direct you ...

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 ...

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 ...


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