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OneNote Saving Story

thI usually don’t write directly to my blogs. Editing live  online within a web page has some danger. I have lost considerable work from touching the wrong key and having everything disappear from the screen. I forget the golden rule in computers which is to save constantly.

I usually use Word  or OpenOffice to write my posts. They work fine but are a far more powerful tool than required.  I have rediscovered an MS Office tool called OneNote. It provides a host of organizing information features and centers around a simple text editing engine. The power is it can save multiple types of files in grouped and organized system. The power of the tool is not the text editing, which is fine for this purpose, but the organization of the assembled information.

It is literally an electronic notebook and scrapbook for creating and saving information in a systematic way. While the same thing could be done by creating a system of directories and subfolders, OneNote looks and feels a lot more organized.

One very unusual feature is that everything entered is instant auto saved. There is no “save” command. It just happens constantly. It is actually a bit unnerving. It is like writing in a note book with a pen, I don’t have to save anything. It is just stays there until I change it. A feature that should be in every word processor. At least as an option. I would certainly have it turned on all the time.

Why in this 2016 computer age do we still operate like client/server mainframe computing with our text editing? In a client /server system, nothing is actually processed or saved until it is sent to the mainframe. That is extremely ancient computer technology.

In today’s word processing there is an option to auto save every one minute or longer. I usually set 5 minutes. But in this age, it should also include instant saving. If OneNote can do it invisibly, they all can.

Here’s my vote for an improved file save system. I have decided to work with OneNote for a while and use the real word processing  systems for the fancy display editing. Every tool has its purpose and I want to explore If OneNote is a “better mousetrap” for blog editing.

Love What You Do

The KautzCraft Studio (KC) is now my main retirement vocation. I wonder if that means I am not retired. Well, I feel retired so I will keep the designation. KC doesn’t provide me anywhere near a real income, but it does stop me from robbing banks. Banks, because that is where the money is kept… Ha! I think Willie Sutton is reputed to have said that.

I’d much rather be working with silver than in a chain gang.

I see an endless number of options and creations I can make while working in my studio. I like working with all kinds of materials with silver so far being the only precious metal. It’s fascinating to me to take something so fragile and temporary as a wax carving and end up reproducing it with solid metal.

I am not limited to silver as there are many metals that can be cast in the last wax method. Gold being the most precious down to a basic brass or bronze. I have thought of casting miniature brass cannon replicas and some day may try. Who knows, there may be a collector market…

That’s part of the fun doing what few others will try. I like being a bit different, even though I know perhaps thousands of other people are certainly doing the same thing. That is not a large percentage when you consider the population we all can access.

So I do what I want, when I want, but also looking at what other people like. I would call it market awareness. I recently saw a program on TV about “Strange Inheritance” where a person spent his entire life collecting toy soldiers. He was a person of some wealth and could indulge his hobby. Estimated value at the time of his passing was around $500,000.

The problem is no one could be found to display his entire collection as a whole. It could be broken up and sold to a few like-minded collectors wanting a specific piece. But all the dioramas would probably be lost. So it goes, one man’s pleasure may not be another’s desire. The market is for the parts and not the collection.

I am not collecting what I make. I have decided to make for others to add to their collections. I do make a few things for myself, but not as part of a personal hoard. I am most satisfied when I know that someone likes something I have made. It has more value to me to know people like to pay for my creations. I have a moto that states, “Do what you love for those who love what you do.”

KautzCraft studio

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I have a new start-up business named KautzCraft Studio. I just added permanent links to the left hand column of this blog. We also have a page on Facebook. Visit either site to see my art!

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Windows 10 Update

Windows 10 did a total update to my computer a couple of days ago. The process took over an hour and a half and I have a 50 MB cable internet connection. I assume it was a total update as it had to reboot several times and it took a long time “setting things up”

At first I thought Win10 had broken a lot of my programs but what happens is it takes a long time to open a program for the first time. After an initial slow start, all programs were very fast in opening. The new OS update must include a start-up cache for programs. Whatever, it is much faster […] Continue reading » Windows 10 Update

Slackware?

I reloaded Chrome on my Win 10 computer and all seems well for now. I use none of the Google services as all I am interested in is a fast browser that works simply as a browser. Google is one of those companies that wants to own and control my on line computer experience and in the meantime acquire as much personal information about me and my habits as possible. No thanks Google, Yahoo, FB, Microsoft, AOL and any other data mining operation out there trying to “help” me. I can do very well for myself, thank you.

If that sounds radical or fanatical, it isn’t. I […] Continue reading » Slackware?