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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kiwiana

For your kiwi supplies shipped to your door in Australia.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cool tricks with the IPad

Amplify’d from www.news.com.au

iPad Magic

A Japanese salaryman makes magic with an iPad. Note: video is not in English.

News Digital Media1 June 2010

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Read more at www.news.com.au
 

Flash on IPhone

Amplify’d from techpp.com

Not being able to watch Hulu, BBC iPlayer and other Flash videos has been the major dealbreaker for many thinking to buy Apple’s iOS devices like iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. But then, the jailbreakers have found a work-around to play flash videos but only after completely sacrificing their Apple warranty.

Not anymore! Even those who don’t want to jailbreak their iDevice and keep their warranty intact can still watch Flash videos on their iOS device using a simple bookmarklet called iOSFlashVideo! This is touted as a free alternative to the Skyfire app, which costs $3 and not available in many countries as yet.

Officially, iOSFlashVideo supports these video streaming websites – Dailymotion, Flickr video, Megavideo, Vimeo. All you need to do is visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu from the mobile Safari browser and bookmark the link after removing specific characters from the URL.

How to Play Flash Videos on iPhone using iOSFlashVideo bookmarklet?

Before you get started, it’s advisable that you download

and install OPlayer or OPlayer Lite for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

1. Visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/ via the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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2. Hit the + or arrow button in center at the bottom, select Add Bookmark and tap Save.

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3. Open your bookmarks and tap Edit

4. Choose the new iOSFlashVideo bookmark

5. Delete everything before “javascript:” (basically it’s http://iosxflashvideo.fw.hu/#) and tap on Done.

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6. Navigate any supported site and press bookmarks button to choose the iOSFLASHvideo which we had saved earlier.

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You must now be able to play many of the popular flash videos. To confirm if everything is working as expected, you can visit http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/demo/ and look for thumbnails below blip.tv, Flickr, Dailymotion, Break, MegaVideo and Vimeo labels.

It would be interesting to see if at all any reaction from Apple. Not that they can do much here, but at-least some sort of a feedback from them or may be even Adobe, would be really interesting!

Read more at techpp.com
 

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Theft Aware

Link: http://www.theftaware.com/

There are some great features in this software and was testing it out last night and all worked as well as I expected.

One of the features I really like is the ability to enable the siren to scare the living daylights out of the person that took or stole your phone.
The call back feature is really good for being able to listen to what they are saying, you just send the command and your phone will ring you back, it's like magic.
There are sooo many features and customisations that it is hard to know where to start.

It has the ability to be able to retrieve sms messages off the phone and you can even specify how many you want to retrieve, along with that is the ability to get sms messages that have been sent from the phone.
Since I had already rooted my phone it was tightly integrated and the thief would not be able to uninstall the software without the pin number that you specify.
I tried out the positioning and was very accurate, I was walking around the backyard and it was following me. Was using another smart phone to track it and was very easy to use.
At a cost of less than $15, I think it has very good potential to people that are in the know with their phones.

People that are not to tech savy may struggle a bit with the installation and settings but still should be very manageable for everyone to install and setup.
I did the install as service and don’t know about the way of installing it, but I’m sure it is even easier than the rooted phone option..
All in all a very good product that I hope goes a long way and has lots of support.
Job well done.

Theft Aware

Try it out its awesome.

Friday, June 18, 2010

FW: LETS STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

 

LETS STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AUSTRALIA 


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
  

     The information below should be read by everyone, whether you agree to its contents, or not !!! 

           *** NOW, LET ME SEE IF I'VE GOT THIS RIGHT.... 

           IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOUR. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND 
           YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO A POLITICAL 
           PRISON TO ROT. 

           IF YOU CROSS THE AUSTRALIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET: 
           * A JOB, 
           * AN INTERPRETER, 
           * FREE LEGAL AID, 
           * A DRIVERS LICENCE, 
           * A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, 
           * WELFARE, 
           * CREDIT CARDS, 
           * FREE EDUCATION, 
           * FREE HEALTH CARE, 
           * DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR  LANGUAGE 
           * THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST     THAT YOU DO NOT GET ENOUGH RESPECT. 

           Sensationalism? Then think about just this one [not so] small aspect... 

           The Australian Federal Government provides the following financial assistance:- 

                 BENEFIT 
                AUSTRALIAN AGED PENSIONER 
                ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN AUSTRALIA 
                
                 Weekly allowance 
                $253.00 
                $472.50 
                
                 Weekly Spouse allowance 
                $56.00 
                $472.50 
                
                 Additional weekly hardship allowance 
                $0.00 
                $145.00 
                
                  
                 TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT 
                $16,068.00 
                $56,680.00 
                


           If I were a refugee, why would I look for work? And the current Government is saying that 'elderly Australia' is going to put the country $100 Bn into debt in the next few years?! 

           Please forward to all your contacts so that we can lobby not just for an increase in the aged pension and to put the welfare of Australian pensioners first, but the welfare of refugees further down the list - well after our Defence men and women, our farmers and the average Aussie battler. After all, the average pensioner alone has paid taxes and contributed to the growth of this country for the last 40 to 60 years; a Defence member voluntarily endures hardship, prepared to give up their life to preserve the way of yours; and the farmer/battler who are the backbones of this Country and Culture - never reaches for a handout but always willing to lend a hand... 

           When these people rarely, if ever, speak out they are shunned, ridiculed and dismissed by the Government and barely makes a headline in the news. When refugees/immigrants speak out about repression and insensitivity to their culture in Australia, it gets widespread media coverage and quick resolution by Government bodies. 


           *** I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION - HAVE A GOOD DAY (AT WORK)




Saturday, April 03, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

No rain for 3 to 4 months and then 30 mls in an hour. Lovely! Bit shaky on the way home yesterday but also a buzz to be riding in a storm.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rain. About bloody time. I'm singing in the rain, just. ............
Rain. About bloody time. I'm singing in the rain, just. ............

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stay away from east coast beaches in nz and Australia. Earthquake may have caused tsunami to hit.
Warning: Stay away from beaches
Sunday 8:41AM

AUTHORITIES warn Aussies not to be tempted to go sightseeing as tsunami heads our way.

The alert follows a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake which hit off the coast of Chile in the middle of the night toppling buildings, cutting power and killing at least 150 people.

The Marquesas islands, northeast of Polynesia, were hit between 7:00 and 8:00 am by a series of two-metre waves which damaged some boats but no one was hurt, officials said. A four-metre wave hit Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, officials said.

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's my birthday. Gonna party like it's my birthday. Lol.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bike crash on connelly last night. Bit of excitement. Note, know where roundabouts are and how to go around them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Why do people think that marking thier body is cool or some how benificial?
Friday. Yes. Couldn't come soon enough. Jim beam is going to taste good tonight.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Google buzz. Is it going to be the next big trend. Buzz.google.com

Monday, February 08, 2010

We had 78 days without rain but wasn't quite enough to get the all time record. Don't get that in NZ.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Going to be sore tomorrow. Had an off on the off road bike and now have a big bruise on my thigh.
0.2mm of rain. Looks like the end of the rain free days.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Might actually rain. That will be diferent. Had no rain for over 60 days.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Gabi Jack SWW2010: Wednesday General Session

The Wednesday general session is always the most exciting one of all three. New functionality added and future enhancements are announced during this session;  sometimes, new products are announced, as well.

To continue with the tradition, I’m also sharing with you a series of pictures that I took during the session.  It was really lots of fun, because, as you may already imagine, SolidWorks folks like to deliver their message with lots of humour.

So, the Top Ten Enhancement list for this year was as follows:

#10 Simplify Video Card Requirements

#9 Exploded views for weldments

#8 Option to dangle children instead of deleting them  (this one created a lot of laughter among members of the press for some reason that I still don’t understand)

#7 Graphical Map of References

#6 Allow more types of assembly features

#5 Better utilize all processor cores

#4 On the fly equations in dialog boxes

#3 File compatibility between versions

#2 Increase stability ( I have a Déjà vu feeling with this one)

#1 SolidWorks should cleanly uninstall itself

Mark Shreider talked to us about Model Mania, the modelling contest hosted at SolidWorks World every year. In this contest, users (also resellers compete) are given a part to model, modify and/or  run a simulation study on, and must achieve a satisfactory result in the shortest amount of time possible. The faster the better.  He actually showed us a couple of the challenges presented to those that took the test and guided us through the solution. Really neat! Check out the pictures that I’m including, where you can also see for yourself who won first, second and third price in the competition.

Richard Doyle showed up dancing to the rhythm of Britney Spears to present the members of the SWUGN Committee for 2010/2011 and  announce the winners of the SWUGN awards. Check out the pictures. Oh, how I wished I had my video camera with me right at that instant! Richard really had rhythm. :-)

The new functionality for SolidWorks 2011 was introduced through a bit of comedy, as usual.  This time there weren’t sumo wrestlers or pink scooters, but Jeremy Regnerus and Ian Hogg were contestants in a Super CAD Smack down. Each of them took turns demonstrating the new functionality available for 2011. And each time they were successful at it, it was almost as if they were delivering a punch to their adversary. Really funny!  I tried to take as many pictures as possible to illustrate this new functionality, but not all my pictures turned out great, so, in short, some of the new functionality in SW 2011 will include:

  • Revolve up to surface
  • A Defeature feature that will allow you to choose what features to keep and which ones to remove when sharing a document. The idea is to help you protect confidential information about your model and still be able to share it. Check the pictures for this one.
  • Fully customizable Real View
  • Full integration of Photo View 360 into SolidWorks
  • Improvements to performance and memory usage
  • Planar simulation, that allows the user to run a simulation study on a slice of the model and then translate the results to the solid model.
  • Feature lock, will allow the user to keep part of the feature tree from rebuilding when it’s not really necessary.
  • Dimensions can be evenly spaced in new views or even in pre-existing views, as  a way to repair them.
  • Dual Dimensions Hole tables
  • Weld tables available in drawings
  • Chamfers used in assemblies to prepare for weldments
  • Enhancements to the piping portion of the software
  • Lightweight weldments
  • Walk through. This is like a virtual tour of your model. Really neat.

At the end of the session, a new product was announced that will be available pretty soon: Product Data Sharing. In a nutshell, it’s like PLM, only it promises to be simpler and better, since all the data will be located on the cloud, taking advantage of Enovia technology.  With Product Data Sharing, SolidWorks users would be able to collaborate with each other and work together in real time, regardless of where in the world they are, what hardware they own or what platform they are working on.  It offers a secure workspace, automatic revision numbering, the ability to add comments and interact with each other, and it would be available through SolidWorks or a web client.

Truth is many companies have already migrated to the cloud and it seems like the logical way to go, but Dassault Systems will still give the customers the last word and ample time to decide what they want to do. This is a process and, although this product  will become available soon and the goal is to offer more and more services in the cloud in the not so distant  future,  it doesn’t mean that users will be forced to change or else. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures. I have tons more to say, so make sure to come back.

 

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Gabi Jack SWW2010: Wednesday General Session

The Wednesday general session is always the most exciting one of all three. New functionality added and future enhancements are announced during this session;  sometimes, new products are announced, as well.

To continue with the tradition, I’m also sharing with you a series of pictures that I took during the session.  It was really lots of fun, because, as you may already imagine, SolidWorks folks like to deliver their message with lots of humour.

So, the Top Ten Enhancement list for this year was as follows:

#10 Simplify Video Card Requirements

#9 Exploded views for weldments

#8 Option to dangle children instead of deleting them  (this one created a lot of laughter among members of the press for some reason that I still don’t understand)

#7 Graphical Map of References

#6 Allow more types of assembly features

#5 Better utilize all processor cores

#4 On the fly equations in dialog boxes

#3 File compatibility between versions

#2 Increase stability ( I have a Déjà vu feeling with this one)

#1 SolidWorks should cleanly uninstall itself

Mark Shreider talked to us about Model Mania, the modeling contest hosted at SolidWorks World every year. In this contest, users (also resellers compete) are given a part to model, modify and/or  run a simulation study on, and must achieve a satisfactory result in the shortest amount of time possible. The faster the better.  He actually showed us a couple of the challenges presented to those that took the test and guided us through the solution. Really neat! Check out the pictures that I’m including, where you can also see for yourself who won first, second and third price in the competition.

Richard Doyle showed up dancing to the rhythm of Britney Spears to present the members of the SWUGN Committee for 2010/2011 and  announce the winners of the SWUGN awards. Check out the pictures. Oh, how I wished I had my video camera with me right at that instant! Richard really had rhythm. :-)

The new functionality for SolidWorks 2011 was introduced through a bit of comedy, as usual.  This time there weren’t sumo wrestlers or pink scooters, but Jeremy Regnerus and Ian Hogg were contestants in a Super CAD Smack down. Each of them took turns demonstrating the new functionality available for 2011. And each time they were successful at it, it was almost as if they were delivering a punch to their adversary. Really funny!  I tried to take as many pictures as possible to illustrate this new functionality, but not all my pictures turned out great, so, in short, some of the new functionality in SW 2011 will include:

  • Revolve up to surface
  • A Defeature feature that will allow you to choose what features to keep and which ones to remove when sharing a document. The idea is to help you protect confidential information about your model and still be able to share it. Check the pictures for this one.
  • Fully customizable Real View
  • Full integration of Photo View 360 into SolidWorks
  • Improvements to performance and memory usage
  • Planar simulation, that allows the user to run a simulation study on a slice of the model and then translate the results to the solid model.
  • Feature lock, will allow the user to keep part of the feature tree from rebuilding when it’s not really necessary.
  • Dimensions can be evenly spaced in new views or even in pre-existing views, as  a way to repair them.
  • Dual Dimensions Hole tables
  • Weld tables available in drawings
  • Chamfers used in assemblies to prepare for weldments
  • Enhancements to the piping portion of the software
  • Lightweight weldments
  • Walk through. This is like a virtual tour of your model. Really neat.

At the end of the session, a new product was announced that will be available pretty soon: Product Data Sharing. In a nutshell, it’s like PLM, only it promises to be simpler and better, since all the data will be located on the cloud, taking advantage of Enovia technology.  With Product Data Sharing, SolidWorks users would be able to collaborate with each other and work together in real time, regardless of where in the world they are, what hardware they own or what platform they are working on.  It offers a secure workspace, automatic revision numbering, the ability to add comments and interact with each other, and it would be available through SolidWorks or a web client.

Truth is many companies have already migrated to the cloud and it seems like the logical way to go, but Dassault Systems will still give the customers the last word and ample time to decide what they want to do. This is a process and, although this product  will become available soon and the goal is to offer more and more services in the cloud in the not so distant  future,  it doesn’t mean that users will be forced to change or else. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures. I have tons more to say, so make sure to come back.

 

One day to go till the weekend. The weeks are flying by. I'm not that old and the weeks seem to go so fast. Ohh well.

From Gabi Jack's Blog

Hi everyone! First of all, let me apologize for not putting this post up yesterday, but  truth is these kind of events, as useful and educational as they are, have the nasty habit of leaving you completely exhausted.  There’s just so much going on and no time to stop!  If you checked my Picasa, you may have noticed the pictures were already there, just no post. Sorry!

Now that SolidWorks World is over, I can finally find some time to at least try to catch up and share with you some of what I saw and learned during the last few days.  So… Here goes a bit about Tuesday’s general session and the special event that took place in the evening. 

If you’ve ever been to SolidWorks World, you probably know that they like to add a bit of humour to the general sessions and this one was no exception to the rule.  For this session, certification experts Mike Pucket and Avelino Rochino invited Jeff Ray, DS SolidWorks CEO, to play a friendly game of something they called Certification Hole in One. Basically, as you can see in the pictures I took, Jeff Ray had to answer a few questions based on the different certification tests currently available in order to win a price for a lucky SolidWorks user that had been previously chosen from those in attendance. The price, by the way, was one of those cool R/C cars we had all been playing with the night before, during the CSWP event. Oh, but Jeff Ray also had to putt in order to win, and he had to do it wearing a funky looking hat.  In a more serious note, Mike and Avelino also announced new certification test that is already available: the CSWE. This test is intended for the real SolidWorks Expert.

James Cameron, famous film director and movie producer, was also present during yesterday’s general session. He spent some time talking to John Hisrchtick, co-founder of SolidWorks, and explaining to us how the movie Avatar was made, and all the technology and equipment behind the animation. I took a few pictures of the special suits and head gear that the actors had to wear while filming the movie. The idea behind having them wear all that equipment was to accurately capture their movements, gestures and facial expressions and, translate all that information to the animation model, in order to make the final result as realistic as possible.

Filming the movie of Avatar must have been challenging! Basically, the actors had to pretend they were seeing and interacting with a world that wasn’t even there. They had a few props, but not much else besides their imagination. Yet, the movie was a great success. You’ll notice in one of the pictures there’s a special little camera that James Cameron used during the filming of the movie. That camera is truly unique. It allowed him to watch the performance of the actors pretty much as they would look like once animated. With the aid of the camera, bringing the fantasy to live right there, while filming, became possible and this facilitated the filming process tremendously.  Check out the pictures and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

But James Cameron is not only a film maker o famous producer; he’s also an inventor and an engineer, who has used software such as SolidWorks to design equipment for movies and for his own expeditions. This equipment I’m talking about is the kind of stuff that can’t go wrong, because his life may depend on it. It’s a good thing he’s using SolidWorks! :-)About this he left us with some inspiring words that I quote here: “Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.”

Anyway, check out the pictures.  I also included in this album some pictures I took during last night’s special event. As you can see, there were some very cool vehicles on display, courtesy of Factory Five Racing, including the electric hot rod I had told you about before.  Of course, there was food, drinks, a band and tons of people having a great time. Stick around, there’s more to come!

Blogging straight from email is easy as pie. LOL.

The furnace we did at work.
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