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Using Office in Your Office

Our computers are, in the most basic sense, tools. They’re tools for education, they’re tools for blowing off steam and they’re tools for productivity. Arguably it’s this ability to create, produce and construct which is the PC’s strongest...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Guest Columns    May 18, 2022 

Life Giving Rain

We’ve finally had a wonderful transfusion of rain to bring life back to our parched land. It’s wonderful to see the prairies and pastures turning green again. I was so tired of the many depressing shades of brown/tan/burnt umber the landscape...

 

Here For You

Here I am, writing to whomever takes the time to read this. Why read this you ask? Because I CARE, because I want to see CHANGE, and because I want YOU to know that I am here. Who am I? Brianna Leader. Do you know me? More than likely. Do you like...

 

Another Gardening Session

I’m starting yet another season of gardening. It must be the 47th? Because it’s stayed nice, I’ve finally tilled the garden space. It worked up very nicely. After my few hours running the garden tractor, I spent several more hours laying out th...

 

Traveling with Technology

After a long, long winter we’re finally able to emerge and enjoy the outdoors! Our eyelashes won’t freeze to our face, the simple act of breathing won’t be painful; truly have we suffered. But before too long we’ll be planning getaways and...

 

Agricultural Stress In NE Montana

No one is a stranger to stress and all the ways it affects our lives - even more so in recent years. The pandemic, recession, and continued cultural polarization has deeply impacted everybody- possibly in ways we may not fully grasp for years....

 

Spring At Last

I don’t want to jinx it, so keep this on the down-low, but I think maybe spring is really here this time. We’ve had several decent days in a row. And I’m happy it’s warmer temps and some nice rain showers, but the best thing is not much...

 

Clash of Angry Birds With Friends

It wasn’t so long ago that mobile gaming meant loading up on AA batteries and taking your Game Boy with you on a road trip. Tetris, Super Mario Land and the now multibillion dollar franchise of Pokémon all saw significant time gracing that tiny,...

 

Rockin' Robin

The internet isn’t short of platforms upon which to share things. Ideas, opinions, news, photos; the web is basically awash with ways to let people know how you’re feeling about something. One, which has carved out its own niche in this sea of...

 

Same Old /Same Old

We still haven't had any decent "get outside and do some yard work" weather. We are, however, still having a surfeit (excessive amount) of wind, and I, for one, am about sick of it. I'm sure I'm not t...

 

Kvetching, Part II

I feel justified in kvetching about the weather again since we’ve been hit with even more snow. It is supposed to be spring, with the grass greening up, not buried in cold white yuck. The wind was unrelenting until Saturday morning, which is also f...

 

Like Transactions, But Smaller

Free stuff is great! Free, convenient stuff is even better. So with trends shifting in the digital age to a culture filled with “there’s an app for that,” how are creators of those handy little pieces of software making a living? Free...

 

Encryption, For Everyone, Everywhere.

Thankfully, the days of it being cool to demonize technology in a blanket fashion are coming to an end. Even over the course of my career, things have shifted and people have realized that it’s much more useful as a tool for productivity, learning...

 

Kvetching – Again

Since I'm using the word "kvetch" for my continuing bellyaching about the wind, I decided I should have more information about it. Kvetch in Yiddish means "to press" or "to squeeze" (which is what I...

 

Slow-Moving

It's really nice to have the warm sunshine and summery-looking clouds, but someone could sure shut off the fan! We're tired of constant howling winds. One calm day per week isn't enough to suit me. We...

 

WiFi 6. Wireless, but Better.

As someone who’s built their career on technology, its usage and keeping abreast of its trends I can happily confirm one thing: wires suck. I’ll admit they’re great for reliability and speed and traveling great distances and all of that stuff,...

 

It's Not Really Spring Yet

It seemed so glorious outside last Wednesday that I temporarily lost my mind and forgot it was still March in Montana. After doing some spring cleaning inside in the morning, I spent a couple hours...

 

Technology for Fools'

I’ve such mixed emotions about the celebrations surrounding April 1. I thoroughly enjoy a harmless hoax, both taking part in the crafting of one and at times, being the recipient! It can be a great way to bond with friends and coworkers, in the...

 

I Think It Might Finally Be Spring

Spring. It's come on suddenly: the snow is melting away. Our creeks have been running enough to have filled our bird sanctuary/reservoir. A friend said their dam filled up. We'll see how long those...

 

My Sobriety Journey

The morning of March 1, 2006, I drove myself back to the bar I had left just a few hours before. I arrived when the bar opened to look around and try to piece together any memory from the previous night while hoping I would at least find some of the...

 

Back, To Where You Once Belonged

The dining table has taken on a new role for many of us over the course of the last couple of years. Once a place to gather with family for a meal and conversation, its duty expanded during COVID to include “work from home battle station.” Condim...

 

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