Inventor Dean Kamen gives a 5-minute talk about the extraordinary prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defence, to help the 1,600 "kids" who've come back from Iraq without an arm (and the two dozen who’ve lost both arms). Kamen's commitment to using technology to solve problems, and his respect for the human spirit, have never been more clear than in this deeply moving clip.(Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 05:41.)
In the latest post on NOVEDGE Franco Folini interviews Jimmy Bergmark of JTB World.
Like many I first “met” Jimmy via the Autodesk Discussion Groups, his website and blog. He’s a keen contributor and has a wealth of knowledge in CAD related programming and customisation. In 2005 it was a real pleasure to meet him in person which given I’m in New Zealand and he’s in Sweden was no simple task. We met in Orlando, about halfway, as both attended Autodesk University 2005.
NOVEDGE blog: An Interview with Jimmy Bergmark, AutoCAD Guru Jimmy Bergmark is the owner and principal of JTB World, a Swedish consulting company specializing in AutoCAD programming and customization. Jimmy is well known in the AutoCAD community because of his constant presence and highly qualified advice in several discussion forums and also because of his popular technical blog…
This has nothing to do with CAD but thought you might enjoy. The total Lunar Eclipse tonight was an amazing sight. These photos aren’t the greatest resolution but capture the colours. My little Canon iXus on a tripod needed 15 second + exposures to get anything during the darkest part. I missed having a DSLR tonight….
Just as it started. Not sure if the halo was part of the eclipse or from cloud that cleared at just the right time.
Going, with just a wisp of cloud.
Going, lovely purple & hint of red…
Gone! There was so little light at this stage nothing showed on the camera screen at all. The moon looked red, but not quite as red as the camera sensor captured it.
One of the best accessories for SnagIt is the “MindManager Output”. Sadly this was broken when I upgraded to MindManager 7. Yesterday I attended the Revit Tech Conference and today I was transcribing my hand notes, OK scrawl, to MindManager. As there were many application based tips I also had Revit running to grab relevant screen captures, annotate them, then add to my notes.
Missing the MindManager output, I visited the SnagIt site and found it’s been updated and now works fine with MindManager 7. If you are already using SnagIt & MindManager it’s free so go and grab it!
If not, both MindManager and SnagIt have free trial versions*. They make the best documentation authoring combination I’ve found.
Note: This capture shows MindManager 6 and SnagIt
SnagIt Accessories MindManager Output (Version is 1.0.2 is MindManager 7 compatible ) This output accessory places a MindManager output button on the Preview Window toolbar. Then, with one click, you can send captures to your MindManager document. *MindManager 6.0 and above only
I was a little mystified why I missed the Yahoo!Xtra Bubble announcements apart from the mail disruption notice seen in this earlier post. A visit to a relations place in the weekend had me setting up her Bubble and I saw this in the in-box:
Her XtraMail was set to mark all spam with [SPAM] rather than delete it. It appears Xtra’s old spam filter picked it’s Yahoo!Xtra Bubble announcement up as Spam. Probably quite true but perhaps it explains why many didn’t know about the impending changes.
Sure enough, a look at my MailWasher history showed the Yahoo!Xtra Bubble announcement was deleted, tagged as spam, on 18/07/2007…
The Revit Technology Conference is coming to Auckland on Monday (27/08). If any readers are attending say hello to the fellow in the Warehouse (blue store development) shirt!
Revit Technology Conference 2007 The Revit Technology Conference is an annual event designed to cater to the needs of the Revit-based CAD community. Founded and run by users of the software, RTC is the pre-eminent educational and networking event for users throughout the region.
This year the team is coming to you!
We are embarking on a series of one day seminars designed to entice, enrich, and enliven your worklife (FDA approval pending...)
Last week several hundred thousand subscribers, including me, got an email from the ISP Xtra which said:
From: Xtra Sent: Wednesday, 15 August 2007 16:36 To: Xtra Customers Subject: Service Announcement: Xtra Webmail will be unavailable for 24 hours Dear Customer We are making a significant upgrade to email this weekend, and as a result webmail will be unavailable for up to 24 hours over the weekend. However you can still send and receive emails using email software like Outlook. To find out how to set up Outlook please visit www.xtra.co.nz/help . For more information over the weekend about the changes and the status of the upgrade please visit www.xtra.co.nz/updates Kind Regards The Team @ Telecom Xtra
Based on my experiences this week it should have said:
Dear Customer We are changing our email service from Xtra New Zealand to Yahoo! Australia servers in this weekend and as a result;
Webmail will be unavailable more than 24 hours over the weekend, forever unless you agree to new terms and conditions. You will be required to agree to Yahoo!, not just Xtra, Terms & Conditions to continue using Webmail even though this service was heavily promoted as a benefit of your Xtra contract.
Email access using software like Outlook will also have random disruption that will last a week or so and will never retrieve some messages at all.
Yahoo! SpamGuard will replace the XtraMail Spam Filter
It will not offer the current Xtra “Tag spam but don’t delete” option.
It will also false tag approximately five times more valid mail as spam.
It will be defaulted to “on” and you will have no indication it’s diverting spam, including “valid spam” messages, to a folder you can not access without using webmail (which requires agreeing to Yahoo! terms).
If you have an existing Yahoo! account;
The Xtra Webmail URL and Yahoo!Xtra Bubble link on the Yahoo!Xtra home page will take you to a Yahoo! Sign-in that has nothing to do with Xtra, Xtramail, or Yahoo!Xtra Bubble
There will be no indication on this page of how to access Xtra webmail or sign up for Yahoo!Xtra Bubble. In fact you will be required to use Google to find the http://www.yourbubble.co.nz/ page where you can sign-in to access webmail.
We will not be updating Xtra FAQ accessed from the Xtra home page.
I had a huge reduction of email volume since the “mail upgrade” and wondered what had happened. It wasn’t until tonight that I found this missing mail. It required accepting the Yahoo! terms and logging into Yahoo!Xtra Bubble webmail. Over six hundred messages were being held in a “Bulk” spam folder and were not seen by Outlook or other software using pop3 access.
I had used XtraMail’s spam feature to tag, but not delete, spam messages as it had a fairly constant 2% error. If I’d used the “delete spam” option I’d never have seen those messages. MailWasher allows me to preview and accept this valid “spam” before deleting the real spam and retrieving my messages.
The weekend upgrade meant Yahoo! SpamGuard Plus took over spam filtering. It had moved 653 messages to the “bulk” spam folder, of which 68 were valid. I had missed messages from friends, readers, event ticketing, sports newsletters and service updates from TypePad who host my blog. Xtra’s 2% spam error had leapt to over 10%. What’s annoying is I’d never have known those messages existed at all without logging into Yahoo!Xtra Bubble Webmail.
Doing that required quite a detailed sign-up and care to avoid install of Yahoo! Toolbar and Messenger, neither of which I want. Once in I had to disable SpamGuard and manually move the messages, 12 at a time, to the webmail in-box folder. Even this was hindered by the default “new Yahoo! mail UI as found I had to go back to the older mail UI for the message moves to stick. Once that was done MailWasher could see & process these messages. It’s filter mechanisms correctly identified most of my valid mail, allowed me to pick the others I did want and then got rid of all the real spam.
Note the big dip in volume when the bubble arrived...
If you’ve sent me a message that got stuck in the Bubble sorry for the delay in responding. I’ll catch up with them over the weekend. Then I’ll figure out how to bill Xtra for the time I’ve spent sorting out their troublesome Bubble.
Franco has a great interview with CAD Management guru Robert Green. If you are heading to AU 2007 be sure to check out Robert’s CAD Management sessions. I did them in 2005/6 and found them really valuable.
After AutoSketch, AutoCAD LT was the second CAD package I owned. Although it’s regarded as “the little brother” you can do some pretty cool work with it.
It’s not supposed to do 3D but was fine for the geometry of this dome. It looks like a repetitive geodesic structure but the designer wanted horizontal circular members at fixed heights so every level was different. Using LT to array the nodes then dimension member lengths/angles was easier than calculating them!
This is the first AutoCAD LT blog I’ve seen. It’s great the little brother has got a blog.