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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.
Recent Activity
Bentley Systems, makers of MicroStation and every imaginable software for the infrastructure industry, finally came through with an IPO. The Bentleys had been flirting with an IPO for ages, offering it and withdrawing it, then settling into a quasi-public company... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Himalayas pop into view, as welcome but unintended consequence of the Coronavirus. (Picture courtesy of CNN) Mt Everest grows by a quarter inch a year due to the unrelenting push of the India land mass into the Eurasian plate. That... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Now in the 2nd week. We have put ourselves in a self-imposed quarantine. No symptoms. Overabundance of caution, I guess. A trip to the grocery store (allowed under the law), nevertheless. We gear up like a raid. Masks. Check. Sanitzer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Today we brave a trip to the Safeway. It was not crowded. Maybe 50 shoppers all told. All appeared nervous. Should they be there? Were they too close? Was it okay to be within the 6 ft social distance if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Has it been a week? Losing track like a prisoner would. Governor Newsom scolds us for taking to the parks and the beaches. “Grow up,” he says. Apparently we aren’t the only ones on the beaches. England has just issued... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Today, we wake up to the the news that Kevin Durant, who just last year, was playing for the Warriors, tested positive for the COVID-19. Could it be that basketball players are all touching the same surface, the basketball. Or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Not a Lockdown - Day 4 It’s like a parade of pedestrians out there. Plus their dogs. Their kids. And they all seem happy to see us. They must be the people overjoyed to be at home, not doing a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Getting isolated from everyone then depending on the news for all the COVID-19 information is a real bummer. NPR is reporting on Africa’s impending panic. When the health care workers leave, there will be panic, says a doctor in Nairobi.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
The neighbors seem to be friendlier, almost desperate for attention. One calls out from across the street and complains about what she can teach her kids, now that all the schools are closed. She was a preschool teacher, so we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Where is everyone? Grant Avenue, downtown Novato, almost abandoned the first day of a 7-county "shelter in place" order meant to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Today is a day like no other. I write this from a deserted office.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The CAD Insider
SXSW 2020 is cancelled. South by Southwest is the biggest show we (as TenLinks or as have ever attended. In 2018, 160K attended. Officially, it has been delayed "delayed" past it's March date until who knows when, another victim... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Basketball loses one of its stars. Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, died in a helicopter crash over the weekend. With him was his daughter and 7 others. No one survived. It is a tragedy. Kobe was in a Sikorsky S-76B, known... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Did Onshape miss the opportunity to become the next GrabCAD? You can be forgiven for not knowing about GrabCAD. The once wildly popular model sharing site (over 5 million users at its height) was sold to Stratasys, a 3D printing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
We should have known. Lynn Allen at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, less than a year after leaving Autodesk. Lynn Allen, long-reigning Queen of CAD, in her role as Technical Evangelist for Autodesk where she tirelessly supported AutoCAD user groups, was fawned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Prakash Kota isn’t shy about making his perspective on digital transformation known—from contributing to CIO magazine, hosting CIO conferences and everything in between. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Last Thursday, at the end of the trading day, came the announcement of Autodesk's FY2019 Q4 earnings. Late in the day is when you announce things you don't want people to notice. Or during a distraction. If President Trump would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The CAD Insider
It's reputed to be the best meat in the world. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is the most famous ham of Spain. It’s the hind leg of a little black Spanish pig that eats nothing but acorns, giving it's meat the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at The CAD Insider
After 21 years, SOLIDWORKS World, the second biggest CAD conference is renamed Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The CAD Insider
He was the rug that tied the room together, would say the Great Lebowski. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Industry veteran, university professor and genuine GD user doesn’t always like what he sees. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Las Vegas: A great place to party, but seediness a bad image for companies Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Nov 12,, the largest online publication for engineers, is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey Rowe. Jeff, a CAD, CAM and CAE industry veteran will lead Design Software and Simulation sections. “We are delighted to have Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at The CAD Insider
ASSESS 2018 attended by many from a fast-growing generative design industry. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Update: They were wrong. Amazon will have 2 East Coast HQs, but not in Atlanta. Sorry. The billion dollar decision as to where Amazon will build its "2nd headquarters' has been the subject of much speculation and consternation. But if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at The CAD Insider
(Image courtesy of Bricsys.) At Bricsys’ annual reseller event, which recently concluded in London and was attended by a few hundred, the expectation was to learn about the recent enhancements of BricsCAD. But, the biggest news came from a Hexagon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The CAD Insider