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Roopinder Tara
Novato, California (near San Francisco)
CAD, CAM and CAE editor
Interests: Trail running so superior to marathons! I swim but it's more like thrashing. Most of my daydreams are of my time on a road bike.
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Autodesk University is back in Las Vegas after somewhat of a misadventure in New Orleans. There were rumors of attendees being assaulted. It may be that Autodesk and its customers prefer the seedy and the snaz of Las Vegas over... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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It doesn’t take TV personality to enthrall an audience – but it helps. This may be what’s working for Rob Painter, CEO of Trimble. I squint and see Anderson Cooper. But there’s more to Painter and it all adds up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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Israel blames Palestinians for a rocket misfire in Gaza City that fell onto hospital grounds. The grounds of the al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City erupted in flames at 6:59 pm local time (11:59 am on the US East Coast), Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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The worst 9/11 ever may not be America’s claim anymore. On September 11, 2023—only a few days ago—two dams collapsed in Libya and washed much of the coastal city of Derna into the Mediterranean. The death toll is over 13,000.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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We live in a world gone mad with sensors that now gush data, flooding all human ability to manage it or make sense of it. Most of that data runs off, ending up in vast “data lakes,” a nice name... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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In the HBO hit series, Succession, the CEO of a company that WayStar RoyCo was going to acquire, turns the tables, jump over everyone who thought they were next in line to succeed Logan Roy and secures the CEO post... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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A ride to SFO is a chance to conduct very unscientific surveys. From a elevated position on the Marin Airporter, I can see how many drivers are using a smartphone, for example. (On a recent trip, half of drivers observed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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You would not have thought of a commercial passenger aircraft as a weapon of mass destruction before 9/11. But a Boeing ER (extended range) aircraft can carry as much as 24,140 gallon or jet fuel. That's as much energy as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2023 at The CAD Insider
The word “forma” is in wide use. That's kind of a problem if you are Autodesk and you are doing a big launch of Forma, it’s do-all, end-all for AECO (AEC + operations). "Forma" is already a restaurant, a church,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2023 at The CAD Insider
To all those I have told to shoot me if you see me in a Tesla: drop your weapons. I surrender. We are now owners of not one, but two Tesla products. The first was a battery for our solar... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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Generative design, the overhyped and ultimately disappointing technology, one that was to have computers design perfect part, may have finally been discovered by the popular media – but only because it is being grouped under the public’s latest shiny object:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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An overhaul of the user interface is necessary after some time but poses a dilemma for every software company. Just as a home could use a fresh coat of paint to avoid a tired, dated look, so could software apps.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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Siemens is busy congratulating themselves on Twitter for being the leader in PLM, citing a Data Quadrant by Software Reviews that placed them far and away better than their competition in terms of “product features and satisfaction” and “vendor experience... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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(Image generated with DALL-E 2 using the title of this blog entry as the prompt. Quote is mine) The word of the conference was to have been “imagine” but all the chat was about ChatBot. The AI chat sensation derailed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2023 at The CAD Insider
The anticipation for Google’s Feb 8 event was high. Alphabet, Google’s parent company was to deliver its answer to ChatGPT, the precocious chatbot that has AI-addled world in a tizzy with its ability to answer college-level essay questions, program code,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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Should OpenAI adopt the face of Cliff Clavin, the mailman from Cheers, for its ChatGPT? Cliff always had an explanation for everything, but it was not always right. Here is a picture from YouTube video of Cliff on Jeopardy! on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2023 at The CAD Insider
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(Image from Wikipedia) It may be hard to see thousand-year trends in a daily newspaper, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. The WSJ is reporting on the US Bureau of Reclamation cutting back the use of the water from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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“Digital transformation” may be the latest industry buzzword. The Big Four CAD vendors (Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Siemens) and other software vendors insist every manufacturer needs to undergo a digital transformation, and in doing so, will gain a competitive advantage... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Stephen Hooper, Vice President & General Manager, Design & Manufacturing Cloud Solutions at Autodesk, is about to reveal what is coming up in generative design. He is at a Q&A session at Accelerate 2022 conference. He is not making an... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Only 3% of employees want to work from home 100% of the time, says Kim Dabbs, Global VP, ESG + Social Innovation at Steelcase, citing her company’s survey at Autodesk’s Accelerate 2022 conference currently taking place in New Orleans. Can... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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The “Nobel Prize for architecture,” the Pritzker goes to the unlikeliest place on Earth, landlocked Burkina Faso and its native son, Diébédo Francis Kéré. Burkina who, you might ask. You are not alone. Burkina Faso has this entry in the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Here at the Siemens Media and Analyst event (#MAC22) it is clear how much all we CAD insiders have missed live events. Seated for lunch, here some snatches of conversation. “I was heading for to the 2 million mile club,”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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I spoke to István Csanády, CEO and founder of Shapr3D in Budapest about an exciting product release tomorrow. At the end, I had to ask how he, the company, and Hungary are dealing with the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Jacket from the 2013 Boston Marathon. Its the colors of the Ukraine’s flag. What happened to me in 2021? Did I get old in just one year? Was it malaise brought on by the pandemic? Was it the death of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Chai is Indian for tea. Every time you order a chai tea at your Starbucks, we laugh. Chai tea is redundant. You are ordering "tea tea". We ought to know. We (Indians) invented tea. You can Google it. The Chai... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at The CAD Insider