This is RobiNZ's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following RobiNZ's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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!
Recent Activity
Here's another great Surface 15 Blog post https://char.gd/blog/2018/the-surface-book-2-is-everything-the-macbook-pro-should-be-and-then-some
1 reply
Image
It was more by chance, than planning, that I ended up in Jeff Stewart’s session at Autodesk University 2017 (AU2017) last November. I was talking to some Microsoft representatives in the exhibit hall and they mentioned it was on the following day. Somehow, I had overlooked it while setting up... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
As mentioned in the previous Aviation Overload post I rented a car to enable me to visit The Museum of Flight after the Boeing Factory tour. I had heard it was good, billed as “the largest independent, non-profit air and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Update 29/06/2018: Those replacement headphones are still going strong
1 reply
Image
I saw a tweet comparing U.S.A. / U.K. road toll statistics: I'd say you wouldn't want to drive on US roads on holiday this summer. The UK has a population of 65m; the US is six times bigger at 325m.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Image
I still use CorelDRAW for graphics, old habits die hard and I like it, but could not get my veteran 2012 version to run on my Surface Book (Windows 10 1803). It installed ok, started and displayed the splash screen for a while, then vanished. Since it was pretty old,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
After a night at Ahi Kaa Motel, a lovely breakfast at the “Flagship Café” it was time for a quick look around Gisborne then home via Taupo. Having been to the US Space port (Cape Kennedy) I think Rocket Labs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Image
Awoke to a nice day in Coromandel and after a cheapskate breakfast (Up & Go, coffee and an apple) headed for Driving Creek Railway for the 10:15 departure. This was short drive from the Anchor Inn Motel (nice) where I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Just got a letter from the Scientologists! Suspect an admin error as was to my address, but not using my name, asking if the book I purchased had helped. it was hand written, in hand addressed envelope. I haven't purchased a book but it was odd to hear from them 18 months after this.
1 reply
Image
Fascinating look at the CERN, European Organisation for Nuclear Research, LHC facility captured by laser scanners: Inside CERN - lidarnews.com “The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is situated 100 meters below ground at CERN and is considered the biggest single machine on the planet. It is also the location of one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
I haven’t modelled with, or thought much about, LEGO for decades—the photo below is my collection in the mid-1970s, my first building models—but recently created a logon for the LEGO IDEAS site. The motivation was to support an awesome Kākāpō bird project. The real Kākāpō is endangered, once considered extinct,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
First cycle ride up Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill since the road was closed to cars. So nice and packed with humans and dogs enjoying the walk without traffic. Much more peaceful on the summit without the constant carpark shuffle, and for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Compliance is one reason it is difficult (and expensive) to build a house in New Zealand these days. And it probably didn’t leak… “1976 Building Permit, 3pages, $217” ..well that got harder pic.twitter.com/HEhFECaYYJ— Ra Dejardine (@radejardine) June 15, 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
See you there: Dynamo in Revit - Increasing efficiency and automation When: Wednesday‎, ‎June‎ ‎20‎, ‎2018, ‎5‎:‎30‎ ‎PM to ‎8‎:‎30‎ ‎PM Where: Jasmax, Parnell, Auckland Registration (free) required and details at Meetup.com Please join us from 5.30pm: • 6:00pm : Welcome and Introduction • 6:05pm : Presentation: Jasmax will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
When you just want to put something in the middle of two other things/points without the hassle of dimensioning and EQ constraining, arraying or whatever… A “Mid between 2 points” snap override would be handy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
AutoCAD appeared (in use at ZF Transmissions) about 01:20:00 into the marathon Microsoft Build Day One keynote. It was a segment about ‘empowering first line workers”: I.e. the ones who do actual work… It was interesting but what got my attention were the toolbars. I Love the ribbon! Microsoft Build... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
Wrap up report of BiLT BiLT ANZ 2018 Finale | BLAUGI Conference attendance & travel sponsored by Autodesk User Group International Part One Here Part Two Here Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Half time, day two, report from BiLT BiLT ANZ 2018 tees off - BLAUGI blog Conference attendance & travel sponsored by Autodesk User Group International Part One Here Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
I am honoured Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) asked me to cover the BiLT Design Conference (former Revit Technology Conference) in Brisbane. The first post is on their blog: BiLT ANZ, the biggest ever! | BLAUGI Also look for #BILTANZ tags on my social media Conference attendance & travel sponsored... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
Curiosity about changes to a historic building, an interest in a ‘religion’ (cult?) and the “Oh No, Ross & Carrie” podcast led me to a rather strange place. I attended the opening of the Auckland Scientology Real Org on January... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Oh wow, until I read "I don't read fiction. It's not real, so I consider it a waste of time." I thought that was just me... I don't read much fiction, much prefer non-fiction, and can't stand fantasy. That becomes tiresome at times living in the land of "The Lord of the Rings." Being forced to read The Hobbit at school (and finding it tiresome at best) probably contributed to that! If you want them to read about the perils of system design and human control/command systems, I recommend "Command and Control" by Eric Schlosser. It covers history and frailty of nuclear command systems and strategy. I wish it were fiction, but unfortunately, it is not!
1 reply
Happy blog'iversary!
1 reply
Image
Phil Read offers advice to Americans travelling ‘down under’ for BiLT ANZ 2018 Tips for Avoiding International Incidents During BILTanz BILTanz is only two weeks away. If you’re planning to attend from North America, it’s very important to take a moment and understand the critical differences between the A and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
BIM AK time again, see you there! Only two weeks to go until the May 2018 BIM AK Event! Make sure you are registered! This months event will be focused on BIM during the design stage, with some excellent infrastructure project case studies - showing that BIM isn't just for... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Image
Today does not pass without remembering those who have served, one in particular. My Mum never knew her Grandfather who died on the battlefield in the last few weeks of World War One (which ended 11th November – 1918). Although... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog