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Earl Kubaskie
Anchorage, Alaska
CAD geek. Major league.
Interests: learning, cad, cooking, computers, science, people, programming, surf music, places - and let's see about adding blogging to the list!
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Look at Jeopardy for an example! Mid to late 60's, Single jeopardy 10 to 50 dollars and Double 20 to 100 dollars. Now it's 200 to 1,000 and 400 to 2,000 - a 20X increase. And I still watch every episode.
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Ooo, gotta call the GF's brothers in San Jose.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on TechShop in San Francisco at Between the Lines
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Voting is closed and tabulated, notifications are made and receipted, and the winner announced. Results are posted at: Congrats to our new BoD member and I hope for a chance to meet you next AU! And keep trying, Assis, and I will keep rooting for you. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
In some ways, AU2010 is already ancient history, even though some of us (like me) are still trying to wrap the whole thing up into a coherent post. Maybe I should settle for incoherent - or just blame work. The pile was deeper when I got back than the pile I "disappeared" the week before AU! Anyway... one aspect of AU isn't finished yet. The annual election for new/returning members of the AUGI Board of Directors starts each year during AU, and this time around, it ends on December 16th - so there's still time to get your vote in!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Cool spork. I have a thing called a spurtle, a sort of flat spoon intended for cooking oats, that I got from Graham Kerr. My Grandma taught me to cook, and part of the process was watching his show every day, back when I was 10 to 12. So it was really cool to meet him a few years ago and tell him the story, especially about how my insanely homophobic Grandma hated him because she thought he was gay, yet insisted I learn from him when it came to cooking. I met his wife, too, and she let me in on "the secret" lol! He's not... big surprise... I knew better way back then. But it made meeting them so much fun! You know, I never once saw Donny this AU. He must be getting pretty agile...
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If something can go wrong, it will happen to me. That's what I wrote in that last post just before I headed back downstairs for a late but tasty dinner... and ~5 hours later I was riding in the guest seat of an ambulance, headed for Valley Medical Center's emergency room. Food poisoning, the doc said. The human body is a pretty amazing thing. Creatures so tiny we can't see them are having a party inside you, noshing on whatever they find, and pooping out chemicals that don't belong inside us. Our bodies can detect this, and fire up mechanisms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
If something can go wrong, it will happen to me. AU registration took about 2 hrs to get straightened out. Badge didn't print, when they finaaly got one printed I wasn't listed for the things I do: Subscribe, Feedback Community, Customer Council, Testing, nada zip except AUGI. The kiosks would not accept my login - an absolute MUST when it comes time to do class surveys, because they enter you in a drawing for a free pass for next year! And of course, all the registration minions do their job correctly by assuming that we all lie about that stuff.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
I don't know why, but I'm having a heck of a time with gravity today. I keep dropping stuff. So I guess I'll not carry to much electronic stuff around all day. Like this little goodie! Last year I tried to do all my emails and posts at AU on my iPod. Ouch. But carting a laptop around all day is not a great answer, and I'm just not impressed with the iPad. So I picked up a new Netbook, the HP Mini. It runs a 1.65 GHz Atom 645, with 1G RAM and a 250drive. Nearly a full-size screen,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
That's right, from ESRI! We recently made the move from ArcMap 9.3.1 to 10, and darned if there isn't something in there a lot of us will like! Formerly available only with the high-priced arc seats, ArcInfo and ArcEdit, the Export to CAD function is now part of the ArcMAP package. Right-click a layer in your project's table of contents, or in ArcCatalog, and select Data, then Export to CAD, and up pops the Export to CAD tool. Note that the dialog allows you to continue selecting layers in your project, or even feature classes in geodatabases, even shapefiles (yuk)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Shaan Hurley has a new post about the AU2010 Blogger's Social in his Between The Lines blog. "The event is for bloggers who actively blog on Autodesk product and events not really for blogs about their unicorn training, bacon weaving, or wicked butter carving skills." Shaan, I happen to be very proud of my butter carving skills! j/k, I'm actually crap at it. My artistic skills just aren't that great. Yet, back in the day, I was a pretty good manual drafter, if the job was mapping, or transportation and utility design. I just wasn't much good at architectural stuff,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
... the folks with the blogs, anyway. Check any Autodesk-oriented blog within the past and next week, and you'll read about what works and doesn't work, at Autodesk University. There are definitely some good things to know, but I'll stand by my old standby - don't be shy! Across the table at lunch, ahead or behind you in the food line, the next seat in class or lab. Strangers. They don't have to be. You don't know them. You can. All it takes is to open up and say hi. It sounds cliche to say that everybody there is interested... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Autodesk University 2010 is getting close! I've been ready to pack & git for weeks, myself. So I guess it's time I started blogging it up. Maybe it will help fill in the 16 days 13 hours and 23 minutes until my fight leaves for Vegas? Back in August, it was triage phase 1, as the choices piled up while signing up for classes. My 7th AU and I still find more classes I want than I do class sessions in the day. Now, the emails are starting to take up the first hour of my day... who's going, let's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Yes, most of us will be crammed into 737s. I won't really be crammed, but I paid a lot of cash for extra inches. I'll try to make up for it in the "free" drinks.
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Well, it has certainly been a month for wierdness from AutoCAD! I wish I had been thinking right, and copped screenshots of the error messages, but here goes. I started out my day firing up a dwg in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010, part of the same project that glitched out so bad a couple weeks ago. Beep! The message says that the drawing is corrupted and can't be loaded, but that I should try Recover... We've seen that before, really, and it happens. No big deal. So I tried another drawing from the same project - and got it again.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
The time is here for the annual Autodesk University YouTube video contest! Entries are in, and they're ready for viewing and VOTING at Ever since the fabulous job Robin Capper did on his winning video a few years back, the contest has been one of my favorite AU leadup events. There have been some really good vids, and some have been really - well - you know. But each and every one has been put together by a "nerd like us", pouring his/her heart into the effort to amuse the rest of us, or entertain us, or maybe just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Today has been one of those days. Nothing seems to work right. AcroPlot doesn't seem to know what "Extents" means. And the guy at another office who loaded up a set of plan and profile sheets says that there are no pipes in there. Meanwhile, the engineer says they ARE there - and points to his screen to prove it. Then he gets up, grabs his coat, and heads for the airport, outta town for a few days. I sat down to try a few things, and the first thing I see is that Toolspace is not on. Neither is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
The latest 2011 SBP downloads are live on the Subscription Center website. Log in and check it out! And I'll start right in with a big razzberry for our friends at Autodesk. Now that I can see the readme files, a crushing disappointment... The "recommended" installation of Civil 3D (the one I run, 64-bit on Win 7 x64) can't run it. The FDO provider for ArcGIS is no-go for 64-bit. Kinda skipped over that the other day, eh? I'd expect it has to do with the fact that there is no 64-bit ArcGIS - the installation also requires that you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Wednesday is going to be a fun day for Autodesk's subscription customers - theres a new Subscription Bonus Pack coming out! Autodesk held a few online show-n-tell parties Monday, and I was invited to the Civil 3D horn-tootin. This time around there's something for everyone, and the more vertical your AutoCAD, the more new toys coming your way. You've all heard about AutoCAD WS, right? It's been spoken of as if it is AutoCAD on your ithingie (pod, pad, phone) but what it really is is a connection to a web-swerved drawing editor. A website that edits and views CAD... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Today's post on the AU2010 blog gives us a download link for this years class list in spreadsheet form. Yay! This file is a great planning tool for the registration process. Sorting by date & time gets you to the important stuff - finding that several classes you really want are all in the same time slot. Triage time! If you can have all these decisions made before registration opens, you stand a better chance of being in and out before the system implodes. Maybe it won't choke. It worked OK last year. But 2008? 2007? How about when some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
... at Each class does show the time slot, but I'd sure like to see it in a spreadsheet so I can do some sorts & have my list ready to go come registration-time next Tuesday morning. Attendees will also be getting 4 Virtual AU seats again this year. We're on subscription, so my co-workers get vAU free, but last year I gave all 4 to friends that were out of work at the time. No better time to snag some training, and get your network running! 12 and a half more weeks until Thanksgiving Day and my flight... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Sometimes you spot something out of the corner of your eye as you're navigating a site and suddenly there's that lightbulb-above-the-head thing again! Today's singed hair is brought to us by Scott McEachron, in this recent post on the AU Blog. Civil 3D objects, when they see a "Byblock" property in their style, will use the corresponding property of the object itself. That's why Byblock is used all over the place when C3D needs to create a "Standard" style for you. It gives you a quickie method for say, changing your contour lines to dashed by clicking the surface and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Last week, when I updated our Autodesk license server for AutoCAD 2011 products, I had my first experience with a virtual server. I've messed around with Virtual PC before. I have it set up in case I need an app that just flat won't run in 64-bit Windows 7, but so far I haven't really needed it - so I was a bit curious about the concept of virtualizing a server. Mostly I wondered, "Why do it?" Isn't it faster just to run it as an app on your server? I was partway through the update. The new version of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
Hi Shaan, All told I have around 3 dozen CAD blogs that I hit regularly besides here. Between them I can count on learning something new every day. You already know the best Civil 3D blogger (IMO) - Dana Probert - and that opinion goes clear back to her Civil 3D Rocks blog. Any Civil wannabe should still read her old posts today, dig up her posts, and then move on to BIM on the Rocks. Chris Fugitt's Civil 3D Reminders is another favorite, particularly helpful in releasing your inner coder. Donnie Gladfelter's The CAD Geek Blog and Robin Capper's RobiNZ CAD Blog are daily clicks, along with your "arch-enemy", Steve Johnson at Blog Nauseum. Hmmm. I can just see Steve in a Monarch costume... Civil 3D for Beginners (Louisa Holland),Map 3D and Murphs Law (Murph), CAD Panacea (R.K. McSwain)... I even drop in at Lynn Allen's blog on occasion.
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One of my systems told me that SP3 "was not intended for this version of Civil 3D 2010". Odd, because the download page says that it is for ALL versions of Civil 3D 2010. Not a bad thing, really, as I wasn't aware that this particular system had no service packs installed! So I did the SP2 install, and after that SP3 went on just fine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog
... came up for me today when I was trying to update our license server, step one in rolling out the 2011 versions of AutoCAD for my office. Don't you just love it when you can't even get out of the gate? And don't you just love it when the error message is wrong? As it turns out, this message is pretty common. It is Microsoft's clear-as-mud way of telling you that you have an operating system mismatch - you're trying to install a 64-bit Windoze app on a 'puter that is running a 32-bit version of the OS. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at EKlectiCAD Blog