L. R. Denham

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Month: November, 2012

Are netbooks dead?

Consumer Reports recently reported that netbooks are dead.

This is not an uncommon concept. Dell, for example, has exited the netbook market. But is giving up on netbooks a rational reaction for a user, or are we being led by manufacturers into buying tablets or ultrabooks just because there is more profit in them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ancient anchors

Ever since boats first ventured into deep water, sailors have needed anchors. At first, an anchor was simply a stone on the end of a rope. Of course, it helps if you can drill a hole through the stone to tie the rope to, though I’m sure the earliest anchors did not have such a refinement.

Stone anchor

This is just such an anchor (a Public Domain image from Wikimedia), found in the ruins of the ancient city of Byblos in Lebanon. Something similar is still sold, usually under the name mushroom anchor, made out of cast iron or cast lead, and often coated with plastic.

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Jack London and sailing

I recently ran across a magazine article written by Jack London about the joy of sailing. It was originally published in the August 1, 1912 issue of Country Life in America magazine, with the title The Joy of Small-Boat Sailing.

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The origin of sailing

Why would anyone sail? We really have no way of knowing how the very first sailing vessels developed, but here is one way it could have happened. Read the rest of this entry »