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RobiNZ
New Zealand
A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and (a rather unexciting) life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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With reality capture becoming an important part of CAD/BIM any advance of this technology should be of interest. Imagine a technology sensing physical geometry, human biometrics, even touch device input and speech remotely. Then imagine it doesn’t require any new hardware installation to generate this information, just to capture it…... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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The Fiat Bravo HGT was great fun on my recent East Cape road trip but there’s another Italian three door hatch which would be even better. In fact a V12 4WD Ferrari GTC4 Lusso would be just about perfect! In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Time for another RUGAKL meeting, already! Note that this months meeting is hosted by, and at, BECA: Sam McAlister from Autodesk with Formit 360, Infraworks 360, Live and Stingray When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:30 PM Where: Beca Offices, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland (Enter through the main doors at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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If you are trying to assist someone troubleshoot any software or hardware problem knowing the machine configuration can be a big help. If you have AutoCAD installed there is an easy way to get it in a format that is easy to share. Start AutoCAD then from Command: GRAPHICSCONFIG click... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Was early for a morning dental appointment, as Te Atatu Rd was nowhere near as congested as I anticipated. Had time for a 20 minute stroll along the waterfront path. Lovely views, followed by a ‘just a pick & polish... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Thanks to my unplanned White Island adventure I arrived in Opotiki late afternoon. After sorting out my accommodation, with Glenis at Ranui Motel, I assembled Rapid Rob for some exploration. I had already decided to stay an extra day, to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
At least the evening news (Newshub tonight) hinted not all think ‘Mother Teresa of Calcutta’ is deserving of sainthood (itself a totally bonkers and bizarre concept). I think Christopher Hitchens expressed it better than anyone: Hells Angel and “The fanatic,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I had hoped to have a look around the Hicks Bay Motel grounds before I left but the weather was still lousy. It is on a point overlooking the bay, has a bush walk down to a small beach, apparently!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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After a wet night I was quite glad I'd got the cycling done and dusted. Had a self catered breakfast (an Up n Go and a JED'S coffee bag) then hit the road heading for Hicks Bay. For the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Some unusually late meetings are OK. Sent from Outlook Mail for Windows 10 phone Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Whilst you can get a decent café coffee just about anywhere in NZ these days the ‘free’ stuff they put in motel rooms is hardly encouraging.Grabbed a packet of JED’S coffee bags at the supermarket in Whakatane. Great real coffee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I rode (most of) the Motu Rd and the Pakihi Trail today. Awesome riding, fairly flat to start with a climb into the hills before a long descent back to Opotiki. You can ride the dunes trail to the start... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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At one stage I had considered jetting off to a tropical island this week. It was a turbine engine, albeit in a helicopter, and geothermal, rather than tropical, heat but White Island was an amazing place to visit. I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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L'Epicerie breakfast, berry crepe a lovely start to the day and unexpected find in Whakatane. I justified the cream option as had just finished 4.5km walk. On reflection, probably not far enough but it was delicious. I also grabbed a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Way back in 2009 I drove the 5 cylinder Ferrari to Wellington to see the "Formula One ™ – The Great Design Race" exhibit. I have a week off and decided to give it some exercise and explore one part... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Time for another RUGAKL meeting, already! Virtual Reality for BIM, and Fire Acad, Prosteel, Revit & Navisworks workflows When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 5:30 PM Where: Jasmax, 2 Marston Street, Parnell, Auckland (From the top of the stairs, turn right at reception, meeting space past the café area) Please join... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Wow, would have expected Microsoft, if anyone, to do this! “Corel grows its portfolio with the addition of the industry's leading mind mapping and information visualization software OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 9, 2016) Corel today announced that it has acquired the Mindjet® MindManager® business from Spigit, expanding its product portfolio... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Great article, will mention and share the link with the Revit User Group Auckland at the next meeting
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2016 on The Many Faces of ‘LOD’ at BIM ThinkSpace
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Registrations have opened for the August BIM AK event. Always a good event, I recommend attending for both the speakers and networking! Registrations are now open for the August BIM AK Event When: Thursday 25th August, 5.30-8.00pm Where: GHD, Level 3, GHD Centre - 27 Napier Street Freemans Bay, Auckland,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I first used a Microsoft split ergo keyboard after the OEM mechanical one I had used for years died late on a Sunday afternoon. I was working and the choice in one of the few shops open were cheap and nasty or the Microsoft split. I like using it but have been locked into the style for desktop computing, find a conventional keyboard 'wrong'. What is odd is that doesn't seem to apply to laptops, can only put it down to the different key pitch.
After walking the dog in the Waitakere Ranges I got back to the car and noticed an email had arrived in my blog inbox: Hi Robin You dropped your wee black bag on Exhibition Drive so we brought it home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
From the outside, thankfully far away, this is how it looks to me.. P.J. O’Rourke: I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton, the Devil We Know - The Daily Beast Let me tell you why Hillary is a great presidential candidate—by comparison. Don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
While it is true "if you have a perpetual license and continue to pay maintenance, nothing changes" if you have some perpetual and want more everything changes. I can see the benefit of subscription for some circumstances, perpetual with maintenance for others. Some companies would rather have capex than opex, or a mix. Autodesk have removed that choice, that is a change. In terms of "Software as a service" perpetual with maintenance is identical to Subscription (other than the cost based on current pricing) until all applications are fully cloud based.
Neat story about a little Fiat in a big country. Fiat Panda in the Northern Territory – Wheels Magazine We check out the Northern Territory’s new unrestricted-speed highway for ourselves. Not in a Ferrari, but a baby Fiat… Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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On 9/07 Alfie and I completed a 5.82 km walk with my Microsoft Band. The evening gloom, and a crescent moon with Jupiter keeping it company, made for an interesting atmosphere. Check out my full session! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog