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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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While I have been absent from my soapbox for a while, one of my wagon train tomatoes continues to solider on into the fall of 2017. My originial three wagon train tomatoes went into their pots about August 22, 2016.... Continue reading
I have said nothing public about Apple this year. That should be no surprise since my newest Mac is a January 2012 Mac Mini and I left Apple over thirteen years ago. Our company while still on the Mac has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Applepeels
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We have a problem with government but it is not what most people think. We have grown to be a very large country and the only way to govern a large population like ours is to have a big government.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at View from the Mountain
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One of my mother's rules was to never start a fight. However, she also believed that if you got in fight that you should try to win if you could do it fairly. She also was big about using your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at View from the Mountain
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Anyone that knew my mother realized that she was a special lady. The work that she could get done was astonishing and she set some very high standards for those around her. Chief among mother's rules was not lying. She... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at View from the Mountain
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During the nine to ten months of warm water, I am often out on the White Oak River in my kayak just before sunset. I love the light at that time of day. Sometimes when the fish are not there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at View from the Mountain