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Issue #1,015 Book written by Roger Burrows; reviewed by Ralph Grabowski We are saturated in CAD, and so the close link between geometry and design is obvious to us. You can't have one without the other. Computer-aided designing is based... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,014 That article filled in some gaps for me regarding the awkward relationship between Dassault and Solidworks. My company got out of Solidworks 18 months ago when we had to replace Workgroup PDM and realized that the Solidworks brand... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Better than guessing at which WiFi channels are free is to use a WiFi utility on your smartphone, which will tell you which ones are less crowded. I say "less crowded" because there are in apartments and other locations so many WiFi signals that they tend to crowd each other.
While using OpenWRT is a valid solution, it is too technically advanced for most people with WiFi in their home. Note also that the point of my exercise was to get rid of WifI units down to a single, powerful one -- and not have a mesh of them!
Issue #1,013 Opinion by Ralph Grabowski A year ago at Solidworks World 2018, Dassault Systemes promised Solidworks users that it endorsed two pillars: Solidworks and 3dExperience. The two-pillars announcement was important, because two million Solidworks users had been rejecting Dassault's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
ethernet-over-110ac-wiring adapters work poorly -- slow, with too many dropped connections. I've tried two different brands of them. They, in effect, extend the ethernet wiring, not the WiFi range. At the other end, you still need to add a WiFi box, so the problem still is not solved. A commercial grade WiFi indeed does transmit more power than a home-use one, just as a commercial-grade GPS is more accurate than consumer models.
Byte, June, 1985 A friend was moving and was throwing out stuff, when he came across his collection of Byte magazines from the early- to mid-1980s. Back then, Byte was the premier computer magazine, nerdy, and thick with ads --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
The MX devolves As a professional technical writer who often puts into 12-to-14-hour days writing and typesetting, I rely on an excellent keyboard (currently loving AZIO's MGK 1-K backlit, aluminum-bodied brown-switch that is such a joy to use that it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,012 by Ralph Grabowski Having spent 20 years working on SDKs [software development kits] for desktop software, the Open Design Alliance last year began adding a Web browser-based SDK to its offerings. (The ODA develops software that lets CAD... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,011 by Ralph Grabowski Trimble (USA) has a certain similarity with Hexagon (Sweden). Both began in the measurement business, Trimble in surveying and Hexagon in post-manufacturing measurements. Both are bigger in revenues than almost any CAD vendor, with Trimble... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Users arise For 19 years, I appreciated my titanium Citizen Eco-drive with its perpetual calendar (see figure 1). Titanium, because I don't want the weight. Eco-drive, because it never needs a battery (a solar panel on the face recharges a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,010 by Ralph Grabowski Last month's Australasia BricsCAD Conference (ABC) 2019 was the first conference after Hexagon announced its acquisition Bricsys, and so attendees were interested to know what the future of their software would be inside the $4.4... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
The Man Who Would Be A Monopoly "I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators," says the man who can't be bothered to show up when governments and regulators have been asking him about his company's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Live from Brisbane, Australia Alright, here we are, waiting for the conference to start. A bit of background while we are waiting. This the first Bricsys event officially promoted by BricsCAD, and so is the inaugural one. The agenda is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,009 Commentary by Ralph Grabowski on Eugene Wei Social media was first known as Web 2.0. Whereas the original Web connected us directly to corporations (recall the “No intermediaries!” rallying cry of 2000), the second generation would directly connect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Today's mice from Logitech last a long time on a battery. I recommend against the ones with rechargeable batteries: They do not run as long as chargeable ones They need to be plugged in, so you are back to have a corded mouse You have to hunt down replacement rechargeable batteries, which cost a lot more than regular batterers bought in buld.
Our IMEI is your SSN When governments rolled out social security numbers in the 1960s, privacy activists warned it would allow bureaucrats to learn everything about us. (SSN in USA, SIN in Canada.) End-times enthusiasts warned that this was the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,008 by Ralph Grabowski Marketing can make some things more important than they really are, and so it is good to get the view from the ground. There is, for instance, a vast difference between what is presented from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Creo Simulation Live Last year, ANSYS released Discovery Live, a real-time FEA analysis program. Last fall, PTC announced it would incorporate the software in their Creo CAD program. In February, it was released as an add-on to Creo, called Creo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
The Insurance Policy Last summer, Graitec Group released AdvanceCAD, an AutoCAD workalike. although I did not hear about it until another editor learned about it during Autodesk University. Here is an announcement from June: Like other large software companies that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,007 by Ralph Grabowski For just over two years, Varjo ("shadow" in Finnish) worked on the world's highest-resolution headset for virtual reality. Last week, they released it: Originally named 'Bionic Display', it now has the more utilitarian VR-1 name... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
100 calories an hour After Apple taught manufacturers in China how to design and build smart watches, the market over there became flooded with sub-$100 models. During Black Friday weekend, Umidigi offered their new smartwatch for US$30, instead of US$50... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Mormon Transhumanism While reviewing Charles Simon's book 'Will Computers Revolt' in the December issue of upFront.eZine, I conducted research on the topic of The Singularity. This is that moment when computer are smarter than us, and so it could make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,006 Opinion by Ralph Grabowski It seems Autodesk cannot decide if it wants to be a compact software company or a huge one. Last year, it laid off 23% of its employees; on the other hand, its roster of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Guest editorial by Alexander Yampolsky It is strange, there is much talk about digitalization, but nothing about how does it end? How do big data, virtual reality, generative design finish? As a rule, they result in the decision that a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at WorldCAD Access