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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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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
ocracokewaves has shared their blog The Crystal Coast, Salt water on my feet
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ocracokewaves has shared their blog The Canada I miss
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ocracokewaves has shared their blog Once a Reston resident
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ocracokewaves has shared their blog Applepeels
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ocracokewaves has shared their blog 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
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Sometimes the weather plays tricks on you. You get a sense that you are in a place where you know you cannot be. That happened to me a few days ago, I had just returned from a walk in the... Continue reading
Nearly twenty years at Apple taught me a few lessons. Some of them actually might benefit those working in other organizations. There is not as much consistency as one might hope for in Apple managers so my experience would not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Applepeels
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Looking north on the White Oak River Ten years ago on November 23, 2004. I started writing here at Typepad. My first private soapbox, View from the Mountain, began simply with My Welcome to Windows, a basic recounting of my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at View from the Mountain
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Fall sometimes ends abruptly even here in our spot on the North Carolina coast. While this water-surrounded place is as close to paradise as any area that I have lived, even our perfect fall weather cannnot go on forever. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at View from the Mountain
Reading a sampling of this week's articles about Apple heading into the enterprise brings to mind Yogi Berra's famous comment "It's like déjà vu all over again." As one Apple employee told me, we never stopped going after the enterprise.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Applepeels
I know lots of people who once worked at Apple, and now no longer work there. However, I don't know many that left gracefully. Apple is a company that demands certain characteristics that are hard to maintain over time. One... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Applepeels
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