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ocracokewaves
Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher/fisherman hooked on technology
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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Sunrise at Bogue Inlet Pier I still remember the first time that I really wanted to be good at something. I am not even sure what organization was sponsoring our efforts but we were selling home first aid kits. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at View from the Mountain
I guess I am not the only one unhappy with OSX. Maybe I did the right thing by putting my iMac with Yosemite back in the equipment closet. http://www.tekrevue.com/yosemite-bugs-time-for-another-snow-leopard/
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2015 on I miss the future OS X never had at Applepeels
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Bright Spring Day on Raymond's Gut When I wrote the post, Winter’s Back Is Broken, a number of folks questioned my sanity. It was February 27, and we were just thawing out from a late ice storm. We went through... Continue reading
I always enjoy when the blindly faithful comment. So your “new Macbook Pro 13 Retina cold boots in less than ten seconds?” And with that statement you think I should have spent my money on a Mac. If you read the article my 28 month old Yoga laptop cold boots in 8.5 seconds. I paid $999 for the Yoga. I am guessing you paid at least $1,299 for MacBook. Gosh I think I’ll keep my Lenovo. It boots faster for 30% less dollars. Oh and one other point, I always know when I am dealing with a completely enthralled Mac user when I hear something like “How much crap do you have running on your newer Macs to make them that slow?” It is always the user’s fault not the Mac’s. How dare I put stuff on Mac that I might need to get my work done. Actually there is more stuff on the Lenovo Yoga than on the Mac. Spotify launches when it boots. Try reading the article. I am surprised you didn’t tell me about your car too. Do yourself a favor check out the Yoga 2 Pro prices they have gone down since I bought mine. This one is only $899. 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB) Display 13.3" QHD+ LED Glossy Multi-touch with integrated camera (3200x1800) Intel® HD Graphics 4400 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz Hard Drive 256GB SSD http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/yoga-laptop-series/yoga-laptop-2-pro/
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on I miss the future OS X never had at Applepeels
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Well you and I disagree on almost everything and trying to settle it on the web is never much fun, but here are my responses. The limiting factor isn’t Intel, it is Apple and its focus on iOS. Microsoft Mail 8.1 makes OSX mail look like a dinosaur. http://readwrite.com/2014/05/07/windows-8-1-review-microsoft-mail And as to using the operating system with sophistication, I just want to get my work done and none of that “requires writing macros that integrate various apps.” Stability would be nice (Chrome crashed on my Mac last night and I have seen kernel panics) and booting quickly would be appreciated. Microsoft seems to have figured out how to boot very quickly. As to being able to run Windows and various versions of OSX on a Mac and not on Windows, I guess you realize that the only reason you cannot do OSX on Windows with VMware is that Apple will not let you. Actually they make it impossible to run OSX natively and legally on any hardware but their own. If Microsoft did the same thing, everyone would be screaming bloody murder. As for price you are completely misinformed and using the “old head to head with the same features” the Mac is cheaper argument that is no longer true. I’ll make you a deal. If you can come up with a new I7 Mac from Apple that is under $1,000 and has 32GBs of RAM and a 2TB hard drive with keyboard, DVD drive, and mouse, I will happily write a check like I did to Lenovo before Christmas. Surely Apple can match those specifications? Otherwise you can try your shaky facts and sophistication argument on someone who actually does not have all the computers on his desk and use them daily. By the way, none of my Lenovos came with the malware that you mention. Maybe you should read my article comparing Lenovo to Apple. I wrote that before Apple decided to pester us daily with the information that Mavericks isn’t compatible with the almost useless iCloud. It is bloatware marketing of the worst kind. However an incompatibility message should come as no surprise since Pages documents aren’t even compatible with themselves sometimes. http://readwrite.com/2013/01/28/apple-lenovo-a-tale-of-two-companies Lenovo actually thinks they can deliver quality, innovation and reasonable prices. I have had four of them along with all the Macs I have purchased. The Lenovo Yoga I5 that I bought in Nov. 2012 is the best laptop that I have ever owned. It cost me less than $1,000 and even has a SD slot. Try having over 40 tabs open in a couple of different browsers open on a Mac with only 4GBs of RAM and tell me how well your Mac works. My Yoga running Windows 8.1 handles it without a problem. Here is a screen grab from the Yoga of one the two browsers when I was running the boot tests. http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/images/41tabs.jpg By the way I drive a ten year old Acura MDX and it manages to still get me from place to place. I bought it the spring after I bought the dual G5.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on I miss the future OS X never had at Applepeels
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Recently I have written about how Apple once was the center of our world and the decision I made to not purchase a new Mac. With my new Leonvo desktop and the reduced workload on my Mac Mini I am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Applepeels
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Sunset by the Emerald Isle Bridge I am a strange one to rain on the parade of every more sophisticated devices coming from America's technology powerhouses. I sold technology for much of my adult life, and I am one of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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A job in sales is a little like this great blue heron living alone in the wild. Your resources are the ones you can find and you are on your own pretty well all the time. Sales people get it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at View from the Mountain
There was a time when Apple was my family's world. It went far beyond technology since the company wrote our paycheck. Before Steve came back, Apple was much like a family. I can remember going to a memorial service with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Applepeels
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When I started looking for a small photo printer that I could haul around with me on my travels, I really had not done any research. I typically find that it is hard to find reliable information about printers and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Applepeels
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We are early in third week of January 2015. Today was the exact opposite of the picture I included from earlier in the week. There was no blue sky today and I did not even go on my neighborhood hike... Continue reading
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The Marked Channel Up The White Oak River I am a pretty good baker and one of things that I have learned is that real success comes when you start inventing your own recipes instead of following the ones in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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I have been on Apple's cloud services forever even back to when they were something of a revolution. As a technology writer, I like to see if Apple is making any measurable progress or continues to scratch its head. I keep hoping that someday they might give me a way to manage the old .Mac email addresses they are hosting and which still sort of work. I have actually warmed to the idea of subscription software and have to give MS credit for that. The pricing for five licenses was too good to pass up and the ease of installing is great. I would much rather pay for something that is regularly updated than something which like Apple's "free" apps might or might not be updated and could easily be dropped. Google's free apps so far haven't let me down, but I know that could change at their whim. We will see how I do with the Adobe subscription but I could not justify the full price of Photoshop. I do have a month to cancel and get a full refund. I do a lot of mapping of some of our rapidly changing beaches so mostly I want Google to know exactly where I am. http://www.crystalcoastlife.com/crystalcoastnorthcarolina.us/Sand%20Keeps%20Moving.html I am very happy with my Droid Turbo. I love the integration the Droid has always had with my Picasa photos and the maps which I create with my phone are automatically there for me to work with on whatever platform I choose. It is also easy to manage my photo albums from the web which is impossible as far as I can tell with iCloud. I also have an original Kindle Fire and a Nexus 7 so pretty well nothing from the Apple world will work on them, but I can use MS cloud software on them as well as the Google apps.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2015 on On the Edge of the Apple Ecosystem at Applepeels
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Starting in the summer of 1982, Apple came into my life. With an Apple II+, an Epson MX-80 printer, and AppleWriter II, I was off to the races. Apple, the company, went on to consume a big chunk of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Applepeels
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Mergansers in Raymond's Gut Winter has been toying with us. There were some unexpected cold days back in November. Then as we got towards the end of November, we seemed to be stuck in the mid to upper sixties and... Continue reading
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With so many of my adult years intertwined with Reston's growth, it seems a little unusual to suggest that Cornelius, North Carolina, might have sneaked one by the traffic experts in Fairfax County, Virginia. I made my first trip down... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Once a Reston resident
Those who think OSX is doing so well in the desktop OS arena should have a look at these two charts. Worldwide all versions of OS X come in at 7.05%. http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&qpcustomb=0 http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/01/windows-8-and-8-1-finally-pass-15-market-share-windows-xp-drops-below-20-mark/
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on No Apple Under The Tree This Year at Applepeels
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I am no longer that enthralled with the Mac OS. What keeps me using a Mac (besides a job that requires Macs) are a few apps that I like, Pixelmator, Rapidweaver, Nisus Writer, and handful of others. More storage and memory will allow me to move all my photos to Windows. Picasa pretty well works the same on both operating systems. The Mac Mini will likely be fine for lighter duty work. I use VMWare on it now and with an extra computer, I probably won't need to use VMWare on the Mac. I do plan to write about the transition and how it goes. I got a private comment from an Apple employee about my potential purchase of a Lenovo for $1,049. He said "You will never get that config at that price in a Mac. We might charge that for the RAM." I thought that was appropriate and close to right.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on No Apple Under The Tree This Year at Applepeels
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It is the end of the year and time for my biennial technology refresh. My computers get heavy use since I work in the technology industry, write and take thousands of photos. I also build websites and have a few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Applepeels
I am not surprised by the recent articles about Google unseating Apple in the classroom. Back in the spring of 2013, I wrote an article, It is not the Pixel that should worry Apple. It could be argued that Apple's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Applepeels