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Thursday, August 9, 2012

“Shoulda” Known Better and a Plug

Than to believe that the low gas prices in June would stick around. They were climbing up in July  and YIKES again in August.

Here’s a sampling from stations as of yesterday, Aug 8.  NO, we don’t have this many stations on the VA eastern shore. These drive-by images were taken traveling home from a road trip to Scranton, PA (more on that later). Stations were in states along our return route in PA, DE, MD, and VA — lowest $3.52 to highest $3.69.
Aug gas collage
And from what the news reports stated today – gas prices are UP on average over 20 cents across the nation – it’s going around AGAIN just when we were doing our happy dance too.


NOW the PLUG — but it’s a “good” thing”

This post was created and edited using Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer, part of the Windows Essentials suite (collage was done in Google’s FREE photo editor Picasa) .
This (non-shameless) plug for Microsoft is included because LW is hands-down, the best dedicated FREE blogging editor software and again it’s FREE.  (Sadly, there is no equivalent for Mac users, as I well know).  There has been online talk of the “possible” demise of Live Writer with the forthcoming release of the new Windows operating system, so I am helping get the word out. According to some bloggers, MLW has never been extensively pushed by MS and many bloggers may be unaware of its existence and capabilities. The best part (for me) is that you can create blogs off-line.

Fellow bloggers Ludwig and Technogran have written extensively on PC-based blogging tools. For a GREAT tutorial series on Live Writer, check out recent posts on Technogran’s Tittle Tattle blog, complete with screen captures. This blogger really knows her stuff and shares her know-how with fellow bloggers — THANKS TG.

12 comments:

Sandra said...

i played with live writer but never used it, will head over to see the tutorial. our gas is jumping daily.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I see the gas prices climbing here too...

WLW... As soon as I get my brain back I will have to look into that. For now, its all I can do to remember how to use my camera... Dont think I need to add more learning or my brain will over heat.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I couldn't believe it when gas prices started going up again. Then they went so fast - like, 5 cents in one day.

HermitJim said...

Gas is getting higher all over, it seems!

Thanks for the info on Live Writer. I'll have to check it out!

Mamabug said...

Beatrice I've been using Live Writer for quite a while and I love it. Uploading photos for my blog is fast and I love all the tools available. Hope more folks will check it out.

A Quiet Corner said...

I've recently begun to use Live Writer again...it is really easy and does a great job with pix!...:)JP

Montanagirl said...

Don't really need the gas prices to keep going up. We stay home a lot!

Don't unplug your hub. said...

The roads are definitely quieter around here. I put it down to high fuel prices. A mixed kind of blessing I think.

Elaine said...

Looks like Ludwig has lots of helpful information. I'll do a bit more browsing when I have more time.

CountryDew said...

I have used Live Writer but tend to blog in the blogger posts and not offline. It is a good program, though.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Hmmm have never used Live writer but find Google chrome working better these days than blogger post. About gas, we were fooled into thinking prices would come down the two refinery episodes fires and the like in CA take immediate toll and no more price decreases...just as we will depart first of Sept.

KGMom said...

Hi there--returning the visit. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I am not familiar with Windows Live Writer. I am struck with how much Microsoft and Google are battling it out. For a while, I couldn't do my posts to Blogger on Windows Explorer--not sure what Microsoft was doing, but it was doing "something."

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