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Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher/fisherman hooked on technology
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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As you grow up, you will find yourself in a situation where you are the only person likely to extricate yourself from your problem. If you grew up with some good life-skills training, likely you will not have a problem.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Last fall I posted an article, Compost at the Coast. It was about changes to my composting system. I went through a winter with the system and I have made some adjustments. I found that my new rotating compost bins... Continue reading
I posted this yesterday to my friends. The message resonated well with many people so it has now made it to my soapbox for all. I love my country of birth, but having lived in two countries, I also feel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at View from the Mountain
When you you look up the definition for society, you will find two. I am alarmed that some people have trouble figuring out the difference between the two when they are tasked with governing a society. noun 1. The aggregate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at View from the Mountain
As we started thinking about moving, I was reminded that each of us is an interesting mixture of what we were born with, who raised us, where we have lived and the people whose lives have intersected our paths. How... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Our minds are amazing but like most things, they perform better if they are used regularly. For most of my life I have been an avid reader. For the last one and half decade I have spent much of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at View from the Mountain
I enjoy talking to people. If I spend a few minutes with someone, it is the rare person with whom I find it hard to connect. It does not matter if it is the guy working on my dock or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Snowstorms can be a peaceful interruption to modern life as long as you have power, remain healthy and do not feel the need to prove the worth of your seldom used four-wheel-drive vehicle. Most snow in North Carolina east of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at View from the Mountain
I think you would probably agree more with me if you actually tried the Pixelbook's keyboard. It is outstanding as is the Pixelbook hardware. I have yet to use it as a tablet so comparing it to an iPad is a stretch for me. My tablet use will be less than 5%. I know an iPad is certainly much better than my original Kindle Fire, but I have not felt the need to have a better tablet. I wanted a real laptop with a touch screen. The iPad with a keyboard just doesn't do it for me. The Pixelbook has a 12.3-inch display with a 235ppi density which I think is perfect. Smaller would be harder on my older eyes. The Pixelbook is a real computer that does everything I want. It feels like a laptop when I carry it around and does everything my Yoga did so I feel justified in considering it a laptop not an iPad competitor. I too hope Apple backs off on the price gouging. I would also like to see them add touch screens.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2018 on Why I Did Not Buy A MacBook Air at Applepeels
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Certainly, I am getting to the point of needing a new Mac. My main system is a 2010 iMac that my son and I resurrected from the dead in 2013 a few Thanksgivings ago. My backup system is a MacMini... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Applepeels
Thanksgiving is a special, enduring holiday that prompts us to think of our blessings and our families even if we are unable to all gather in one place. We spent many years away from home on Thanksgiving, but somehow we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at View from the Mountain
This morning I saw this report in the SJ Mercury News. The tech giant appears to be taking another step into the movie-making business, reportedly signing up Hollywood studio A24 to expand its presence. The Wall Street Journal said that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at Applepeels
On the Friday after Thanksgiving 2018, the View from the Mountain blog will have its fourteenth anniversary. It was not my first adventure on the web but it certainly has been my most persistent presence. We have not lived on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at View from the Mountain
On September 11, 2018, we heeded the county's mandatory evacuation orders and headed west from our home along Raymond's Gut which flows into the White Oak River just three miles upriver from Swansboro, North Carolina. The garage of our house... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at View from the Mountain
It was at least four or five years ago when my granddaughter found a library book that talked about compost. As she found out, the Crystal Coast has everything you need for compost: air, nutrients, heat, and moisture. She was... Continue reading
Sometimes the people who use social media make you want to find an island with no connection to civilization. First off this is not about politics. It is about how social media provides the tools to let people with toxic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at View from the Mountain
After surviving over fifty years in the twentieth century and a promising number of years in the twenty-first century, I can look back over the years and sort out some of the fluff. Our children and grandchildren remain at the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at View from the Mountain
The one positive thing about a cool spring is that it is great for growing certain vegetables like broccoli and lettuce. Our gardening space is limited but we still found room for over thirty heads of lettuce. With the recent... Continue reading
David & Matt at Blacksburg Fiber Cabinet The third week in April of 2018, I was fortunate to be part of a group gathered in the hopes of sharing information, ideas, and plans to achieve better broadband in the state... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at View from the Mountain
My wife and I knew that our twelve-year-old cable box was dying but we also understood that our system was intricately connected with lots of other technology. Twelve years ago we paid an audio-video person a lot of money to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at View from the Mountain
Today I congratulated a friend on his 35th work anniversary at Apple. Those of us with some work history at Apple appreciate the accomplishment. When I left Apple in 2004, I used to joke that I could count on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at View from the Mountain
Age brings lots of things and some are not so pleasant. Among the obvious things, it is harder to exercise. When you are older there are things you should not eat unless you are willing to suffer the consequences. As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at View from the Mountain
I have a long history of writing about technology in the month of December. Two of my favorite old articles are Please Don't Hit Me With Your Modem that I wrote in 2010 and Computer Battle that I wrote way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at View from the Mountain
Not long ago I attended a meeting. I have a history of over four decades of meetings as an adult. These gatherings are a necessary part of life and have been around for a long time. Even the word, meeting,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at View from the Mountain
I have been lucky to work in home offices most of my professional career. The office was also the dining room on our Tay Creek farm. In Halifax it was a small, designed-for-an-office space just off the main entrance. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at View from the Mountain