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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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I would like to say that the secret to great tomatoes is eating more Chinese food but there is a little more to it than saving your chopsticks during the year because they are helpful when growing tomatoes. I have... Continue reading
While I have some pretty good passwords, I doubt they would slow the authorities. Of additional interest is that the use by terrorists of Apple equipment including Macs is not something new. Because Macs were different and came with the ability to encrypt data long ago, they were favorites of both the good guys and the bad guys. I still remember the panic at Apple corporate when a picture of a training camp for terrorists surfaced. It was complete with a lab of Macs.
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Apple has come out with a strong statement about privacy. Our commitment to protecting your privacy comes from a deep respect for our customers. We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Applepeels
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In my book, The Road to My Country, I wrote the following. In some ways, memories are like small towns along a highway. You're in the dark until all of sudden, you round a corner onto Main Street, where the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Three things define spring by the water along the Crystal Coast, low water, cold water, and whipped up water chased from every direction by the wind. The picture above is of Bogue Sound on a day when boating water would... Continue reading
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Whenever I cross the threshold of another birthday, it prompts some looking back over years. I never fail to dig up a few lessons when I examine the past, even my own. History is a great teacher if we just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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There are people who are born in a community and end up living there most of their lives. I make no apology for not being one of those people. Living in a different place lets you look at life through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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We all start out wishing to do great things. With life's ups and downs, being great can be a formidable challenge. Whether you are a business hoping to serve your customers a wonderful meal, a professional trying to deliver a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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While Apple will likely disagree with me and there is nothing new in that (See Applepeels), your iPhone is likely eating your photos. Before you get too upset, things are only slightly better in the Android world. Please do not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Today the sunshine on the Crystal Coast is so bright that taking a picture of Raymond's Gut, our inlet, is challenge. Winter brings us intense colors but not a lot of cold or snow. I like to think that is... Continue reading
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It seems like an impossible leap of faith that a biscuit could save energy, but I am convinced that a homemade biscuit does save energy. You have to understand the history of the biscuit first. The biscuit might have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at View from the Mountain
What runs the engine at Apple has changed dramatically over the last few years. Someone who just moved on from Apple sent me this article about Chromebooks making up half of US classroom devices sold. The article did not surprise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Applepeels
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One of the true benefits of living along the Crystal Coast is that we can choose to not be swept along with the holiday rush. There are people who can rush themselves to death anywhere but it is harder to... Continue reading
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It is human nature to want some praise for the work that you do but sometimes you accomplish more by staying in the shadows than stepping into the spotlight. While it is not written in my rules for a good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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It is often a challenge for some folks to separate reality from perception. So many have lives that are completely insulated from the environment and hardly step foot in the real world. The most some spend outside is going from... Continue reading
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If you are really lucky when you finish your formal schooling, you will have enough skills to get that first job where you will likely figure out that the most important thing you picked up in school is how to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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Enticing Waters Near The Point, EI, NC Depending on where you grew up, you might or might not know about the tradition of fall fishing on the southeast coast. I was lucky to grow up in North Carolina and have... Continue reading
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Our minister asked me for some thoughts on fall gardening. What I wrote for him is at the core of this post. We have enjoyed a very successful summer garden in spite of all the rain during June, July, and... Continue reading
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One might easily reason that those of us who live along the shore do so only because our highest priorities are those activities which involve playing in or on the water. There is no denying water and being near water... Continue reading
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There are lots of good reasons to step back from technology and today's media intensive world. One is that it can keep you away from the more important parts of life. Another is that it can take over your life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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The Point, Emerald Isle, NC The last few years that we lived in Canada, we actually managed to take a few vacations to the beach. The decade or so before that we were running a cattle operation just north of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Canada I miss
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From my six hour distance North Virginia sometimes appears to be a contentious spot. I worked there long enough to know that agreement on most things near the beltway is about as scare as a good parking spot near Reston... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Once a Reston resident
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If you grew up in North Carolina in the fifties like I did, you remember what life was like before air conditioners. Sometime in late fifties or early sixties we got a single room air conditioner for our living room.... Continue reading
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Those of us born and raised in the South are ready for serious summer days before they even arrive. I knew today with its nineties was coming earlier in the week. Like the southern boy that my mother raised me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at View from the Mountain
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This is my second Acura MDX and with over 115,000 miles on it, it has seen plenty of challenges. My first MDX helped clean out my mother's home in Mount Airy, North Carolina. There seemed to always be some furniture... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at View from the Mountain