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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
Issue #1,005 by Ralph Grabowski Once a quarter, corporations owned by shareholders must report their financial results and report on anything that might effect their share price significantly. The corporations hold conference calls with financial analysts, who want to learn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Four WiFi points for a 1/5 of an acre of land and to handle a house with central heating consisting of large galvanized steel ducts that like to block the signal. Hence I am very pleased with the power of the commercial-grade Wifi.
Issue #1,004 This issue sponsored by Innovate Your Products Faster with ANSYS Discovery Advanced physics modeling and simulation – no engineering PhD required. ANSYS Discovery speeds product design and prototyping, in an environment built for product designers and engineers. All... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
No choice: the ADSL line arrives in the basement, at one corner of the two-story house.
Issue # 1,003 by Ralph Grabowski Six years ago, two former CEOs of Solidworks launched a new stealth software company. They landed $9 million in initial funding on the strength of their experience with the MCAD market; the funding grew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
So much cheaper My mother-in-law's laptop was getting so slow that even she was complaining about it. It's a Toshiba I got for her from Staples many years ago; it still runs Vista. As I thought about how to replace... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,002 by Ralph Grabowsk Generative design is very hot these days, but it doesn't help that there are two definitions of it. One generates dozens or hundreds of design variations and candidates, usually in the field of architecture; the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,001 This issue sponsored by Discover the A-B-Cs of BricsCAD at the inaugural Australasia BricsCAD Conference 19 March 2019 in Brisbane, Australia Book your tickets at Readers Respond Will Computers Revolt? Best thing I've read in years! I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Ink and paper I was on the most crucial of deadlines: getting pictures printed for an upcoming wedding reception. They have to be perfect. The bride-to-be stipulated 4x6" prints, white border, while the groom-to-be noted that Staples does a better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Slaves to anarchy In the beginning... The Internet was designed for anarchy. It bypassed countries. Corporations were ignorant of it. Anyone with a modem could visit a telescope in Italy without buying an airplane ticket or look at dirty pictures... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Growth, growth, growth Taking in CIMdata PLMNews' Webinar "The State of the PLM Economy" this morning with Stan Przybylinski. Stan reminding us that PLM is different for different industries. Companies that make automobiles don't care about the problems toothpaste makers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
D.R. replies: I think the main idea behind this kind of attack is the use of AutoCAD PROJECTS. You don't send a DWG (which cannot be infected this way), but you send a complete project (by USB, CD or mail). The project consists of multiple DWGs (xrefs), maybe some support files (shapes/fonts) and a hidden acad.lsp/fas. As AutoCAD automatically runs an acad.lsp from within the project folder (which I think it does), using the project infects the system.
Social engineering What with all the news about China looking to snare Western technology (and Westerners snaring Chinese), we are now learning more about efforts to steal intellectual property from design firms. A reader writes, I guess you already have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at WorldCAD Access