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RobiNZ
New Zealand
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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Cycle lane | Tick Green Light | Tick Forget MINI are made by BMW, thus don't have functioning indicators | Tick No harm done but could have been… Continue reading
Posted yesterday at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The news tonight of a solo sailors yacht turning up years after being abandoned reminded me of Chris Sayer. In 2002 he was forced to abandon his 6.5m racing yacht 480 kilometres west of Cape Reinga, NZ, after a collision... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Another year has flown by and it is nearly 2019. Time to look back at 2018 from a bloggy/social media (not just CAD blog) perspective: Best social media related event(s): The best event I attended last year I only got to thanks to social media. It was an honour to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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The end of this “Long Term Test” video shows the Ferrari FF (or similar GTC4Lusso which recently replaced it) is a viable replacement for my Bravo as shares all these attributes: Italian 4 seats which fit actual people Acceptable performance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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When is a project lifecycle system not a lifecycle system? Say you have a system which uses a single database and project management system, for multiple connected applications, spanning multiple phases of a project, from design to operation. Say one of those products, in fact the primary one the system... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I was walking Alfie in the Waitakere Ranges yesterday and an incident made me wonder. I often walk and cycle alone so always carry a phone, emergency contact numbers on a card, and my drivers license as ID. Rather grim... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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For a radio show to bill itself “The most interesting radio show on the planet”, see below, sounds like quite a boast. However, Weekend Variety Wireless (WVW), formerly, on Radio Live (8pm to Midnight Saturday & Sunday) lived up to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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While looking at Flightradar during the QANTAS eclipse I noticed another aircraft with a clever registration. I guess you need to be a CAD/GIS and Aviation geek to see why ZKDEM is so suitable for an aerial survey aircraft. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Cycling, waiting at the Takapuna lights, on a cloudless day… And it went dark for a split second. Looked up to see it was a QANTAS solar eclipse! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Want to plan a ride/drive and just need to know a rough distance for a few options; grab the pen, Map > measure distance, scribble, scribble, scribble, done. The “Pen Directions” option does the same, with turn instructions, between each end of an inked line but tends to be too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Before: After; awesome Summer Trim Groom (+ bonus bandana) by Asuka @ Carevets Glen Eden Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I seem to have developed a rather strange way of deciding on a travel itinerary. I cycled (nearly) to Mt Everest, which was amazing, but I never had the longing some have to visit it. I went because an unexpected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I decided to forego the “2 for $4 Mulitbuy” special in favour of the standard 2 for $3.50 pack… Same store, same aisle… Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Found this HBO documentary about Gianni Agnelli on Sky NZ while grazing the Soho schedule a couple of weeks ago. Recorded it, just got around to watching it, and so glad I did. While the Agnelli FIAT connection got my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Thanks to @AlecTang for the tip about this awesome site which maps aggregated Strava activity www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map This is my most recent 100 Auckland region rides. The purple are less travelled, to yellow most travelled. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The Surface Book standard SD memory card slot is a great feature. My SLR & Compact cameras both use them but my phone, bike, and car cameras use Micro-SD. It is easy enough to use an adaptor for them but it sticks out so bagging, travelling, with it in is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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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 (mid 1980s at UNITEC) Tutor’s work. Gifford Jackson taught us design drawing (a mixture of illustration,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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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 Nov 10, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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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 Nov 9, 2018 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 Nov 7, 2018 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 Nov 7, 2018 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. https://rcd.typepad.com/rcd/2018/07/making-my-perfect-pc-a-peak-beneath-the-microsoft-surface-at-autodesk-university-au2017.html
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2018 on Revit to (Surface) Go? at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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This post became news on Stuff (a national news site/paper) https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/108226505/unsafe-lane-change-puts-auckland-cyclists-life-at-risk
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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