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You will be harmonious I've told my kinds, if you don't like where you're working or who you are working for, quit. (In my job, I get to fire clients who are too annoying.) And so we read that "Organizer... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WorldCAD Access
F.AUDIO FA1 I've looked for years for a huge capacity music player, one that could hold my entire music collection, which is about 122GB. I got a 64GB iTouch (which one of my daughters took over), and then a 120GB... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,020 Graphisoft CEO Huw Roberts and vice president of marketing Ákos Pfemeter spent 1.5 hours answering questions from five CAD journalists that had been invited to the company's annual Key Customer Conference, this year in Las Vegas. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,019 by Ralph Grabowski Data can save the world" was this year’s theme for Hexagon's 9th annual user conference. Introduced by pounding music offering doomsday lyrics amongst thick, artificial fog and seemingly hundreds of multi-colored spotlights, Hexagon ceo Ola... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Free, as in not-free I find Apple and its products painful to use, but their closed system has a better handle on security, potentially. If there is a problem of data leakage, it is at the Apple side, such as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
I have updated computers that are not critical to my business to Windows 10, so get the "free" operating system. But computers critical to my business stay on Windows 7, for the simple reason that some of the softeare I use to make me efficient at my work do not work on Windows 10 (or even on Windows 8). It makes no sense to "update" when the result is a downgrade..
Issue #1,018 by Ralph Grabowski The Graphisoft Story is a remarkable one, begun by a man who in 1984 had an Apple ][ computer smuggled through the Iron Curtain into Hungary. Gábor Bojár had conceived of the idea of using... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Typepad HTML Email You are confusing license ownership with software ownership, which surprises me, given that you claim to "work in the channel." It is true that the software company owns the copyright on the software, sand o that is why it offers licenses that govern its use. Here is the difference: A permanent licenses allows the customer to use the software permanently: pay once, use forever (like a book or a car or a dining room table). A subscription limits the time during which the software can be used: fail to pay, don't get to use. This Autodesk policy (as well as other CAD vendors, such as PTC) is particularly nasty: should the licensee come into difficult times and not afford to pay the huge annual fee, he is no longer allowed to work in his field -- at least, not work with software from Autodesk. This is like a landlord kicking out tenants who that month cannot afford to pay the rent after 30 days (Autodesk policy is the same: your're out after 30 days).. Fortunately, alternatives exist.
Typepad HTML Email As you work in the channel, you will be biased in favor of Autodesk policies. You are comparing perm+maint with subs, instead of subs with perm only, as many of Autodesk's competitors offer. Autodesk no longer offers a permanent license, so they are out of the running.
Zenfone 6 recycles its name I have the three-year-old Zenfone 3 Zoom with its 2.3x optical zoom and amazing 5000mAHr battery that lasts 2-3 days, but I am thinking of a 10x zoom phone next. I already have the old... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,017 by Ralph Grabowski, with Brian Webb Where there is construction, there is scaffolding. Figure 1: Scaffolding at a building site (All images sourced from Avontus) Scaffolding is one of the most complicated parts of construction. (See figure 1.)... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Hosted by CIMdata president Peter Bilello CIMdata last week hosted a Webinar on results from its annual global PLM [product lifecyle management] Status & Trends research, and here is my transcript of the Q&A. To listen to the entire Webinar,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Hidden From You I had been using iTunes for many years, as it is the only good way in Canada to purchase music. There were other services, but some of them have gone under. doesn't let us download tracks... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,016 by Ralph Grabowski At last week's DEX Expo Abbotsford 2019 exhibition, the keynote panel's topic was training. "Oh, no!" I thought. Boring! And I'm sitting right up front. It'll be hard to slip out of this one. The... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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 May 12, 2019 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