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A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and (a rather unexciting) life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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I was browsing the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) site, saw a poster for a Boeing related exhibition while cycling today, and stumbled upon an exhibition of one of my Product Design Diploma (early 1980s at UNITEC) Tutor’s work. Gifford Jackson taught us design drawing (a mixture of illustration,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent along the Western Front. The First World War had effectively ended. In addition to permanent memorials these Fields of Remembrance in Auckland,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I got a chance to try the latest Enscape3D 2.4 update Web Standalone sharing feature this evening and was very impressed. It offers a no plug-in model interaction very similar to the full desktop Enscape application or the previous .exe packages. The big advantage is “no install” as although the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Oh, right. Sounds like your use case is similar to mine. It is a low spec machine but I have been surprised how much you can do. Pen response is very similar to the Book2, sketching ok unless you are using complex brushes. I now only use BIM 360 or DWF for design markup so cant really help re PDF, but have had no problem viewing them. Also use the Windows Edge markup. It was funny last night, took it to a Dynamo User Group and the Go was up & running Revit + Dynamo before the power mobile workstation next to me (both machines powered on at same time). For a small script it was fine but the screen is a bit small for visual programming! Windows Hello makes it a great notebook, open the cover, logged on almost instantly (again as good as the Book 2). Only thing I do, as don't use it a lot, is shutdown rather than sleep it when in my bag. I found it consumes about 5-10% battery a day sleeping, none if properly off
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Revit to (Surface) Go? at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Congratulations to all involved in organising/presenting the inaugural DUG-NZ meeting last night. A great turnout was treated to a mix of presentation (Amedeo Papi, who also created the awesome Dynamo Fern logo) and a workshop session (Monica Greco), hosted by Jasper Wong at sponsor WARREN AND MAHONEY’s office. It was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Oh wow, didn't realise Jeff had moved on until saw this
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I didn't buy it for this, and really would not recommend it for a serious Revit project. I have a Surface Book 2 15 (which is fine with Revit). I got the Go for travel/recreation where the Book is too big, or valuable, to carry and it is great for that. Put Revit on for a laugh really, a Pro 6 i7 or Book 2 would be better for real work if you don't want to go to a proper mobile workstation. I wrote about why I got a Surface Book 2 (and a bit about using it with Revit) in this earlier post.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2018 on Revit to (Surface) Go? at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I wondered what change in ownership (earlier this year from Yahoo to SmugMug) might mean for Flickr and today noticed they are rejigging their free/pro user levels. Free users will soon be limited 1,000 photos, a few less than the 25,000 I have added there since 2005… I had Pro... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I nearly didn't go this way today, just to avoid crossing this SH16 roundabout, but traffic was light. Thankfully I saw a black car cutting across to do an illegal left turn (from the right/straight lane) in my "Take a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Install the Microsoft Font Maker Windows 10 application from the Store. Then just write, with Windows Ink, these characters & symbols: Then these sample sentences: Adjust, if needed, a few simple sliders to fine tune: Save your writing as a True Type Font to use in any Windows application. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Seeing a green Fiat 132 in this Telegraph article reminded me of the first Fiat I drove. Although a slightly earlier model (and GL not GLS) our ‘family car’ was similarly rare, but not exotic, car in New Zealand. Although... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The first PC I owned had “a massive170mb hard drive” which was about the size of a large novel. Tonight I accidentally dropped 64GB memory (micro SD) in the car and heard a ‘clink’ as it fell and bounced somewhere.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
You think he'd* be more impressed, Revit 2019 running on a Surface Go! * Surface Pen and (small) dog for scale Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I have seen reports of Magpies defending their nests from cyclists but had never encountered it, until yesterday! It comes from the tree on the left, on Oruarangi Rd, Ihumatao (near the Stonefields, Auckland Airport) Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Love this mix of gravel and tarmac descent. Made for the CX bike, with good disk brakes! Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
An attempt to video one of my favourite Waitakere Ranges descents was somewhat curtailed by catching up to a Fun Cargo. Thanks to @FallenRedNinja‘s tweet, seen earlier in the week, I had an earworm for the rest of the ride!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Why would someone pull out of a petrol station directly in front of another car? Well after sundown and it had no lights on at all. Flashing headlights didn’t alert them, the world needs an agreed warning signal for “turn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Thanks Jack!
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Cyclists often moan about drivers, drivers about cyclists but in my experience the vast majority of road users respect each other. In this 101km road ride (apart from the Hwy16 path) around West, South East & CBD Auckland the only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
This is an email I attempted to send to a trucking company tonight. However all the contact us or info email addresses on their website failed so the video below isn't private. Subject: Just a reminder Hi, Just a reminder... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I spied something big in the rear view mirror and decided the road was not the place to be. It might, OK does, make you look stupid but the “Bicycle Peddler of Greeley Colorado Take A Look Mirror” clipped to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A “The Conversation” tweet about weight loss caught my eye yesterday. I know, thanks to an old blog post, in November 2006 I weighed 68 kg. I also know, thanks to another old blog post, I also weighed ~68 kg... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
For years I have seen Corrections NZ Prisoner transfer vans on the motorway heading North in the morning commuter traffic. They are distinctive and all have a prominent identification in the form of the letters CAN followed by a number.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Congratulations. ln addition to sharing your own adventures you've inspired many others (including me) to follow your lead. Happy Blog'iversary
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