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My guess is that the memory modules are not properly seated. Sometimes, it can look like the memory module is properly inserted, but is not -- even being out by 1mm at one end makes the difference. Remove the memory modules you added, then add them in one at a time. Here are some tips for what to look for: 1. Insert one. 2. Listen for the clicks as it snaps into place. 3. Look at the metal tab at each end, and ensure that it is fully seated. 4. Look along the bottom edge of the memory module to check that it is parallel to the slot. Try booting again, with the case of the computer open, in case you still need to adjust things.
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$99 proved too expensive Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX81, the second generation of the earliest affordable home computer -- and a distance cousin of our smartphones. The computer I never bought (image credit oldcomputer.info) Inventor Clive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #1,085 | The Business of CAD | 1 March 2021 by Ralph Grabowski Never mind the big budgets of companies behind Inventor, NX, or Solidworks. Operating under the radar are a lot of small MCAD systems that are doing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Logitech used to include an extender with their nanoreceivers; it is two inches long. As for using a USB cable as the extender, a short one will do, such as six inches. Even long ones work fine, if you need to run the cable behind a desk or something.
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Issue # 1,084 | The Business of CAD | 22 February 2021 Our readers had much to say about Autodesk’s statement that “a file is a dead thing working.” Here is what you wrote. - - - About ten years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Paid vs. free Apple and Facebook are in battle with each other. As Techmeme editorialized a Wall Street Journal headline this morning: Sources shed light on the increasingly personal battle between Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, who in private reportedly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #1083 | The Business of CAD | 15 February 2021 Commentary by Ralph Grabowski Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost is adamant. “I think there is something we need to acknowledge right now: that a file is a dead thing working,”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Issue #1082 | The Business of CAD | 8 February 2021 I listened in as John MacKrell, chairman of CIMdata PLM, talked about the ‘M’ in MBx, short for model-based anything. Here are the notes I took, and so of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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There's profits to be made from them there million(s) CAD vendors often give free licenses to educational institutions in an attempt to hook young people on the software early. I've never felt that this is a valid tactic, for when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #1,081 | The Business of CAD | 1 February 2021 interview by Ralph Grabowski ARES Commander began as a replacement to AutoCAD, and then found its greatest impact as OEM software (licensed and branded by other firms) by firms... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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They're occupying Wall Street all over again When I first became self-employed, I read widely to understand what I was doing. The most reassuring book I read was Alvin Tofler's PowerShift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
It is speech that people disagree with that needs protection. All other speech is already free.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2021 on The Reverse Network Effect at WorldCAD Access
I think that Google will keep the less-secure option. Keep in mind that data-mining is the only thing Google is interested in. If a product or service returns user data to Google, then it holds on to it. Desktop software like Picasa had to be killed because we could use it under the radar. By offering the less-secure option, Google gains access to many more email accounts, whose data it can harvest.
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Oh noes! Amateur traders on sites like RobinHood and Reddit are driving up the value of GameStop, best known as a retail computer game seller. As I write this, $GME is up nearly 10x in one week. And as TechCrunch... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue # 1080 | The Business of CAD | 25 January 2021 by Ralph Grabowski IFC file opened in ARES Commander 2022 beta For its new ARES Commander 2022 software, Graebert GmbH held/will hold two events: a 30-minute overview took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Pen plotters were horrible and slow, but the technology with the best price-performance of the time. Electrostatic plotters were faster and more reliable, but horrifically expensive.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2021 on Worst hardware design ever at WorldCAD Access
DualCAD is an abandoned software project.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2021 on Who Needs MicroStation? at WorldCAD Access
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Oopsie hardware design While I was technical editor of CADalyst (1985-1991), I reviewed an awful lot of hardware -- graphics boards, monitors, display-list software, pen and electrostatic plotters, dot-matrix plotters, laser printers, hardware and software plot cachers, hardware and software... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #1078 | The Business of CAD | 18 January 2021 by Ralph Grabowski Even as interest in virtual reality continues to not enthuse consumers, companies invested in the technology continue to release updates. I get the feeling that sales... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Issue #1,078 | Happy New Year! | January 11, 2021 From the Editor This week marks the 30th anniversary of me leaving my post as senior editor at CADalyst magazine (the very first publication for CAD users) to strike out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Millions of lost users In my previous post, Why Google (Cannot) Fall, I wrote about the Network Effect, which tends to insulate giant social media companies from decline. When more people use a network service, like Facebook, then even more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
The beeping means the computer cannot access memory. The memory cards must be exactly snapped into place. Sometimes this takes two or three tries, I have found.
A reader writes, Here is an article that claims the reign of Big Tech is coming to a close because the huge amounts of data, that currently require huge server farms to process, will soon be replaced by inexpensive and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Guest editorial by Alexander Yampolsky Several generations of builders over the decades failed to construct buildings whose commissioning would result in an industrial revolution. In such cases, errors were looked for in the design; below is an overview of what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at WorldCAD Access
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Install a cache I had been using a tiny Gigabyte computer to power my entertainment room. All it needs to do is run a Web browser, through which we watch Acorn, Britbox, YouTube, and the others. In recent years it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at WorldCAD Access