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New Zealand
A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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
Shock, Formula 1 have rediscovered* Windows! There is now an official app, desktop and mobile, but wonder how it will compare with the brilliant third party PitlaneOne? Official Formula 1 app races onto Windows 10 PC and Mobile | Windows... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Lets say you had to explain how the Autodesk account, user, application, cloud app/services stack fits together to someone who hadn’t used any of it. A job for a map… Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Quite sobering watching the 2016 version of “Roots” having visited the US plantation location used for episode one. I saw Evergreen Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana in 2007 when I was in New Orleans as part of a tour. Still privately owned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I haven’t been a very active* listener to Jesse Case’s “Jessie Vs Cancer” podcast but have heard every episode and it has made a real impact. I first heard Jesse as a co-host on the “Probably Science” podcast but he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
An interesting development in the New Zealand Autodesk reseller space today with this announcement: CADPRO Systems Ltd acquires Salesoft CAD Solutions Ltd Effective Thursday 23rd June 2016, the amalgamation of these two businesses will create the largest New Zealand owned Autodesk reseller with over 20 staff based in Auckland and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I'm walking Alfie, in damp wintry West Auckland, and a buzz on my wrist* lets me know exactly where B is cycling in Japan. I remember, and it wasn't that long ago, when this was science fiction. Isn't technology wonderful.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The new formed Auckland Fusion 360 Meetup has announced its first meeting, see you there: Meet & Greet, Fusion 360 Introduction When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Where: CADPRO Systems Limited, 527b Rosebank Road, Level 1 Avondale, Auckland (map) The main intention of this meetup is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Last Sunday I saw a tweet from Jonathan giving this Saturdays winning Lotto numbers #SpoilerAlert Next Saturday’s Lotto numbers are: 3, 5, 16, 22, 37, 39, 43; bonus number: 7; Powerball number: 4— Jonathan Bell (@torpidkiwi) June 12, 2016 I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Ten minutes before the Canadian Grand Prix start I noticed Sebastian’s brilliant new PitlaneOne F1 app was showing an incorrect lap count on the live timing. The race hadn’t started but the counter showed Lap 2/70 (left). I grabbed a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I was a bit slow posting this one, see you tomorrow night! BIM costing demo with CostX - Sponsored by Exactal Pacific When: Wednesday, June 15, 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
The ‘new’ (not by the time I posted this) Fiat 500 TwinAir meets its older sibling. While the new one would be fine as an everyday car the old 500, or Bambina as it was known in NZ, is one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Took Alf for a 7.5km (return) walk along Muriwai beach this afternoon. Managed to avoid the rain, met a few dogs for him to play with and wore one out which was the goal! Tried out the slow motion video... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Seems the NZ Skeptics Conference “will be held somewhere in Queenstown on the first weekend of December, 2016”. Might take my mountain bike (or rent one there) to experience some more* of this! NEW ZEALAND. PROVEN HERE. from Yeti Cycles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A great, albeit long, discussion with Sam Harris on "The Joe Rogan Experience" episode entitled "#804 - Sam Harris Thursday, 02 June 2016 1:02 PM " The discussion on food ethics, at what point does killing to eat become acceptable,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
This was nice to see today. Some bank admin meant there never was an 002 Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Seriously, System requirements, click… sigh… A bug in the installer? The install completed successfully, hopefully the actual software is less buggy! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Or, how I went to buy sushi for lunch and ended up joining another CAD Meetup group! A chance meeting, at the sushi shop, with Fusion 360 guru Scott Moyse led me to his new Autodesk Fusion 360 Meetup for users of this Product Design/Simulation/CAM platform. Scott is launching the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Australia will never look the same (h/t @conradhackett)— Chris Bramwell (@ChrisBramwell) May 18, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog