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Not anything we hear on Earth, Jim When financial analysts speak, they speak in their own code to each other. Here are fragments overheard in this week's financial analysts call with PTC: We triangulate around the pipeline and all the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WorldCAD Access
No need I've turned off the automatic updating of apps on all my Android devices, because my life is better that way. These days the bulk of "What's New" lists are "bugs and performance enhancements." If the software is running... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
You don't need another CAD program to start a new drawing; Autodesk withdrew that function from the free version of AutoCAD 360 to force you to purchase the paid version. The workaround is to use a free CAD system like DraftSight to make the starter drawing. AutoCAD 360 is the first step towards a full version of AutoCAD on the Web, available only on subscription. From statements made by Autodesk execs, it appears this project is at least two years behind schedule -- thankfully!
Not ransomware, either Last week a pair of folders appeared on my desktop computer, the workhorse that makes most of my income. The new folders had random letters, as shown below: A3fOg and X1W2J2. When I erased them, they reappeared... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
The publisher went into bankruptcy protection, and so stopped publishing all its CAD titles, including my 'Using AutoCAD' series. The last one they published was "Using AutoCAD 2011."
Issue #923 Editorial opinion by Dave Ault I attended the user group meeting from Autodesk during IMTS[International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016]. They paid the way for around 30 users who were selected in ways that I don't know. It was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
T.I. My son had a spare ticket so I agreed to go with him to the rap concert. He told me to think of it as a "cultural experience." Talk about a narrow demographic; my son figures I was the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Moar Profits! I was in the Galino Island bookstore last year when I noticed upfront a display for a new book getting a lot of publicity from the mainstream media. I forget the title, but it was a book that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
A reader writes: I have always enjoyed your hardware experience blog posts, and so I have been waiting to read your conclusions and experiences with your HP Spectre X360 -- especially in view of your Yoga failure. - J.L. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #922 Re: What's New in Solid Edge ST9 EFD stands for "Engineering Fluid Dynamics" and Mentor's FloEFD exists since the end of the 90s with integrations also in Catia V5, PTC Creo/ProEngineer, and Siemens NX. Back then, it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
by Bill Fane A reader was wondering, "Is there a sysvar (or any other way) for AutoLISP to determine if a vertical such as Civil 3D is running?" An initial response was, "No sysvar or regular Lisp routine does this.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Q&A with Alexander Spivakov This year C3D Labs celebrates the 20th anniversary of its C3D geometric kernel. Twenty years ago the founders of ASCON Group made the decision to begin writing a new mechanical CAD system, today known as KOMPAS-3D.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
UMI Super My current cell phone is an LG-made Google Nexus 4, that's over 4 years old. It is showing its age. Increasingly, the screen stays black when I turn it on; the only recourse is holding down the Power... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Minolta XE-7 film camera I wrote in an earlier blog about me re-acquiring the only 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) camera I ever bought -- the Minolta XE-7, in fall of 1976. (I had sold it to acquire a zoom... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
HP TouchPad Running WebOS HP is a big company that tries lots of things and is really successful in a few, like sales of printers and ink cartridges and computers. One of its failures was an attempt to counter the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #991 by Ralph Grabowski CAD Exchanger is not a new company among CAD translators, but only recently have they begun to make themselves noticed. I interviewed founder and ceo Roman Lygin and technical marketing engineer Ramil Gasanov. - -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
It's the future, don't you know Autodesk ceo Carl Bass responds to a question from a financial analyst during this week's quarterly conference call. Comments are edited for brevity and clarity. - - - Financial Analyst: You have some very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Jasper National Park Driving on the Trans Canada Highway through Jasper National Park in December, with the Rocky Mountain range in the background Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #920 by Ralph Grabowski Siemens has changed its Solid Edge development process so that it can accept input from end-users. Each year they have round tables at Solid Edge University at which users can tell executives what functions they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Posted Dec 4, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
For a graphics board, there is the problem of the cable connection to the monitor part of the all-in-one computer, as well as there being enough room to fit a a graphics board, which can be quite large. For my use of this computer (casual CAD, video editing) the built-in graphics are sufficient, I find.
There is an empty PCI slot, and so a board could be plugged in there
Schooled in art I took this photo while we were being given a tour of an art school in downtown Vancouver, courtesy of AMD. This is the room in which nudes are sketched in charcoal . Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Trump the Love Following the results of the recent US federal election, the mainstream media was filled with outrage from the elite whose candidate failed to earn sufficient electoral votes. PacketSled ceo Matt Harrigan, for example, threatened to assassinate the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at WorldCAD Access