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ocracokewaves
Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher in the real estate business
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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Certainly if Apple is playing to its strengths, they will not try to work with enterprises using iCloud. I have a hard time seeing the value of iCloud as a consumer. I know Apple will not jump through enterprise hoops. I have seen that in person and written about it numerous times. I actually think Google with Chromebooks and Chromeboxes is the sleeper in all this.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2013 on Reading the Apple Tea Leaves at Applepeels
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Just keep the lights on and the doors open.... :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2013 on Memories Of Canadian Waters at The Canada I miss
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I have been to Virginia Beach and many other beaches up and down the east coast. While Virginia Beach has it positives, I certainly do not think it is in the same category as the North Carolina beaches. We like the Emerald Isle area so much we moved there and while we continue to visit other beaches, we still find this area one of the best. You might try these articles for a little more perspective on why we have parking lots full of Virginians here on North Carolina's Crystal Coast. http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/greatvacations/beachexpectations.html http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/greatvacations/beachvacations.html http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/greatvacations/abeachtoyourselfversion2.html
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We take our reviews of restaurants very seriously so we went back to Captain V.P.'s Olde Fisherman's Restaurant for a third time on August 1, 2013. As my wife likes to say, there are usually two sides to any story. We asked Sassy, the owner, about "A Local's" complaint. She seemed to know exactly who they were. Sassy explained to us everything they had done to try to please "A Local." While it is impossible to know if this was exactly the same couple, I am confident if you have a problem in the restaurant and ask for Sassy, she will try to resolve it. She is trying very hard to have satisfied customers I am comfortable with our strong recommendation of Captain V.P.'s. If you have ever worked with the public, you know there are people who cannot be pleased and who basically want something for nothing. I have no way to know if "A Local" falls into this category or not, but their negative report is the only one that I have heard so I suggest you make up your own mind if you are not comfortable with my review. The two of us had more food than we could eat for around $20 this afternoon. There are not many restaurants in the area where you can do that and have very tasty food in a comfortable setting on the water. We were at Captain V.P.'s for nearly an hour this afternoon on our third visit. There were seven or eight other tables being served. I heard nothing but positive comments and people saying they will be back. We will continue to strongly recommend Captain V.P.'s. They are a new restaurant and will make mistakes like any new business, but I still believe you will find a very nice dining experience there.
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We have been twice and found the service great and the food wonderful. We had very good french fries both times. I won't be checking burgers there. I get my burgers at Andy's of Swansboro. We had two other sets of friends who also ate there at different times and had good experiences. Both said they will be going back so I will be going back also. Sorry you had a bad experience.
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Stephen, I don't think there is any doubt that you'll will find more similarities than differences. There is that golf thing, but we all have our our own special passions. Their uniqueness should draw people closer rather than drive them apart. I will welcome your thoughts on the book when we get it off the computer and cloud to the publishing cloud. Maybe we can share a beer or a bottle of wine and talk about it one day. Beer and wine are products where uniqueness is welcomed by almost everyone including both of us.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2013 on A Journey To My Country at View from the Mountain
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I have often wondered why we do not get speeding tickets on toll roads where your entrance and exit is timed, but I guess they just have not gotten around to it yet. I think they make those black box sensors that some insurance companies plug in your car to record your speed. I don't think I'm ready for that. I've often thought the best protection against a speeding ticket is to drive no more than 5 mph over the speed limit and have your own GPS tracking taking place. At least you can have some facts to back up your contention that you weren't speeding. Maybe we need sensors which when fog is detected limit your speed to no more than 50 mph. We have sensors that turn windshield wipers on. How hard could it be? The real problem with Fancy Gap is that it is in far southwest Virginia. Afton Mountain close to Charlottesville has had a better fog system with lights in the lanes for years. Virginia has had such an anti-tax legislature that it is a wonder they even use reflective paint. US 220 south of Roanoke had terrible lane markings that were almost invisible on a rainy night, yet nothing was done for years. It is all a matter of wanting to fix a problem and putting the money into fixing it. We put people on drawbridges, maybe we need a fog monitor on Fancy Gap who shuts down the road when the fog gets so bad you can't see.
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So what type of device are you using for your personal NAS? I actually had to turn off Time Machine on my new Mac Mini. It was giving me too many errors so I try to keep all my files in the cloud and on the Windows 8 box which has a good file backup system. I keep my Nexus 7 by my easy chair for quick browsing and mail, but my old Kindle Fire which seems bullet proof often travels with me to meetings for use as an Evernote device. While I also use Gmail, I continue to have some email accounts hosted on my own websites and I was lucky to have one of the grandfathered Gmail accounts with my own domain. Sometimes I still miss my old Newton for note taking. It still works but not sure how I would get the notes moved. I bought Office 365 but I am now using Google Docs for much of my writing. I would like to try a Chromebook. I have been watching with interest discussions from students and educators about how nice Chromebooks are for taking notes. Most of the educators are coming down on the side of Chromebooks working better than tablets or iPads for students. The Pixel would be great note taker but I don't have that kind of money to spend on something I don't really need. I think it looks great and reminds me of my favorite old Titanium Powerbook. I have finally freed my music from iTunes and am now using Spotify and Amazon Cloud player for most of it. Though I do have much of it in iTunes.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2013 on Why Writing About Apple Is Such Fun? at Applepeels
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There is certainly no shortage of technology on my desk and it does take a fair amount of work to keep it all talking to each other. However, it is a lot easier than it used to be. Products like Dropbox which works on Windows, Linux, and even old flavors of the Mac OS make things much simpler than they used to be.
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Actually that is what I did and that is the image of Lion installing the system on the external drive. When it finished, it didn't work. You missed the whole point of the article, the app store might have the version of OS X that I need but it won't let me download a copy of it. However, I did make a copy by cloning what was on the internal drive to a brand new drive.
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The ice and snow scenario is not fun. But I have enjoyed more trips with a great view than anything else. Thanks for the comment.
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Patrick, Thanks so much for your kind comments and wishes. We still miss a lot about Roanoke & Salem, but I don't miss the freezing rain and sleet. Hope you have a great winter. I'm looking forward to spring. -David
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2012 on No Presents under the Tree at View from the Mountain
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Likely Apple has it patented and would sue the pants off any manufacturer trying to use it.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2012 on My iLemon at Applepeels
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Unfortunately the statistics that I cited in my article clearly demonstrate Apple is no longer the most reliable computer. http://ctwatchdog.com/finance/2012-computer-reliability-report-lenovo-most-reliable-acer-least-reliable-apple-declined And that is the bigger problem than my one iLemon.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2012 on My iLemon at Applepeels
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Thanks for the info It would sound like my system would be a perfect fit for that program, but somehow I always miss out on those Apple programs. When I entered my serial number I got the message "The iMac serial number you entered is not eligible for this program. No further action on your part is needed at this time." http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/applestumbles/noteligible.jpg Well "no further action" is required if I want my iMac to stay broken. I had the same problem with Aluminum PowerBook which had a bad lower memory slot. Apple had a program to cover that but my serial number didn't qualify me. All this brings me back to my original point, you pay through the nose for Apple products and chances of getting good service if something breaks is a roll of the dice. I don't even mind buying a drive, but I don't like pulling a LCD. I'll likely take it to a friendly reseller that I know around Winston-Salem, NC. I suspect I will switch the iMac to a SSD. Actually I did qualify for one Apple program, my white MacBook eventually quit working due to overheating and I had to send it back to Apple. That means three of the last four Macs that I have purchased have had serious problems. I think that I see the hand writing on the wall given that my wife and I have also purchased four Windows laptops during the same period and all of them are still running. At least in my case Windows hardware has been more reliable than everything but my Dual G5 system. Certainly the Windows hardware is a lot less expensive. The three disabled Macs cost me close to $5,000. The four Windows laptops totaled around $2,800.
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Actually you don't need a Kindle to read the book. Amazon provides lots of free apps to help you read it on almost any device. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771 Unfortunately because of the ninety color photographs, publishing a paper copy would be very expensive.
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Glad you enjoyed the book, thanks for purchasing it. I received many email comments yesterday from current and ex-Apple employees. One of the emails summarized it well. "I have to say Apple was a great company but you do not realize how weird it was until you are out."
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Not sure I understand your question, the post is full of places that I have suggested. I'll even be glad to suggest a fishing guide for the area. I'm quite willing to share my fishing holes also but they are down the coast from Beaufort. http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/blog/2012/09/19/living-by-the-inlet/
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For those who are looking for other thoughts on Apple, you might be interested in this NY Times piece published the same day as my article. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/opinion/nocera-has-apple-peaked.html
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2012 on Has Apple lost its soul? at Applepeels
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For the last six years we have enjoyed a second home on the North Carolina coast near Emerald Isle. That is the reason we wrote the EI travel guide. North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks will now be our permanent home. I'll continue to write View from the Mountain but the pictures might come from other mountains. I also have a few books other than our travel guide up my sleeve. The one I hope to get out this winter is "From Maybery to Nova Scotia and back." It is about growing up in North Carolina in the fifties and sixties, going off to military school, then to Harvard, moving to Canada to farm, and coming back home as an Apple employee. The book honors my extraordinary mother. A prelude to the book will be published in the September Feathered Flounder issue. http://thefeatheredflounder.com/ Thanks for the note, I still have fond memories of my visit to Australia. You Australians are also world class when it come to being friendly.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on We Bid Adieu to Roanoke at View from the Mountain
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Almost seven years later, we have no bamboo. Crossbow did it in, but I did have to apply some to the bamboo shoots that came up the next year, but it was not a long term battle.
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I hope to write up Windows 8. I've lived through XP, Vista, and Windows 7 so I am anxious to see what Microsoft has in store for us. The Surface product might me my next computer. I probably will wait until I get something new with Windows 8 on it.
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Well getting slow can definitely be a Snow Leopard "feature" as I found. Anyone that says nothing ever happens to a Mac hasn't had very many Macs. Just do a Google search for "slow Snow Leopard" and have a look at the comments.
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Well you learn something every day. I guess I had heard about the syncing photos which uses iTunes. http://osxdaily.com/2010/07/10/transfer-photos-from-iphone-to-computer/
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2012 on My wishes for Apple in 2012 at Applepeels
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I don't run Goobers Restaurant, I just eat there and wrote this review. You might try calling them (336) 786-1845 or visiting their official website http://www.goobers52.com/
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