The thoughts of a CADD Manager.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Autocad Array - Preview Tip

Ever in the array command and you set everything up and then you go to preview and can't see the whole array? Well, don't press Cancel!



To solve that problem click modify and reselect your objects. Before right clicking, zoom out far enough to see the entire array.



Then press preview. Problem solved...so no more need to cancel and start over.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

It is getting better all the time...Free Wifi

It is like the "pebble in calm water" analogy. Free Wifi is spurting up in many airports, coffee shops and book stores. But it isn't for beatnik coffee lovin travelers any more.

Over a year ago, Portland's Willamette Week did an article on a group involved in what they call the Personal Telco Project. These group of people were going around the Portland downtown area setting up free wireless hot spots all over the place. How rebellious right? More like evolutionary.

Since I read that article in June of 2004, I have noticed a ton of other articles sprout up. Sports Bars, Stadiums, Homes...the list goes on and on.

Today I saw an article that Google offered San Francisco free wifi. As did many other companies.

I love seeing this and contribute all I can to these efforts and you should too.

BRING ON FREE WIFI FOR EVERYONE. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL WIFI EFFORT.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Cadvault no more...we have set up shop at theswamp.

Although I have known that www.cadvault.com has been down for some time, I must say that I really miss it. Randall Rath did some really great things for the CAD community. I hope that some time soon Randall provides another forum of some kind.

In the mean time, I was told that many of the users that were Cadvault members are now posting on www.theswamp.org. While it is no Cadvault, it does provide a wealth of information and intelligent members that are more than willing to help.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

ChiSox Clinch Title

MY Boys! The clinched the title tonight with a 4-2 win. Now lets hope that they can get some of that great 'Smart Ball' going again in the playoffs.

Way to go Chicago!

Official Chicago White Sox Website

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wired News: This Is No Two-Bit Music Player

Wired News has a pretty cool article of a guy that built a music player in a used cd case. While it doesn't play songs like Nirvana's Teen spirit, it is worth taking a look at.

Click here to read the article (with pics)...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Dell and Autocad 2006?

It is about time these software companies start realizing that Autocad is a good enough software to ship with there products. According to a post on Shaan Hurley's blog, Between the Lines, Dell is now shipping workstations with Autocad 2006 as an option.

sweet! This saves a ton of time on installation for cad managers.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Get to Read What You Want in Less Clicks with RSS

I am jumping on the band wagon. I have heard and seen a ton about these RSS feed Readers. "Just the info that you want", "All the new stuff right at your finger tips", and "No need to sift through each site trying to find what you need" are some of the things that have tempted me. So I did it. I got a free RSS feed Reader called "RSS Bandit" and tried it out. It came with a few default readers like comics, news, and entertainment. Then I tried to add some of the blogs that I read regularly to see if it was worth it. I was surprised how easy it was to add a site to this thing. Either right click or drag and drop...simple!

Now it is my main browser for news, getting new info from places like Autodesk Knowledge base, discussion groups, and blogs. I recommend this to anyone who has a set of websites that they search on a regular basis. Instead of clicking through your favorites and digging through all the muck to get new info, try the rss feed readers.

Cheers.

PS - Next post will be ADT oriented, I promise.

...It has been a while...

Well, I must admit, it has been a while since my last post. I have been wanting to post, but just haven't. So I am dedicating this post to procrastination. I get it real bad sometimes and I know that I am not the only one. After looking around on the web a while, it seems that just about everything causes procrastination. From being to overwelmed to being a perfectionist to poor time management. I don't know what it is, but I read somewhere the steps to poor time management being always having to make things perfect. I am a perfectionist most of the time. I have plenty of things that I started, but don't finish because they are not good enough. So I think my key to preventing procrastination is to just get it done. I know this this is a short post and it isn't perfect, but maybe it is because I just got it done.

Here are some links for preventing procrastination for all you other great people out there:

Academic Skills Center - Procrastination

Overcoming Procrastination by Steve Pavlina

Structured Procrastination <- For all you that think procrastination isn't all that bad. By the way, you don't have to click on this link right now...you can do it later.

Overcoming Procrastination Counseling Services, University at Buffalo