Archive for September, 2009

Previous Life with CAD

September 14th, 2009 No comments

Drawing History - Goulds Pumps AssemblyI didn’t start at Rotork as the “computer guy”.  I didn’t last an entire year before I assumed that role, yet some people find it hard to believe I have been anything but an IT centric person.

I found my old portfolio this week, documenting my path through, what used to be, the cutting edge of computer aided design.  It feels like some distant far off planet, where remnants of memories come back from.  While the portfolio may never open again, I figured I would share a glimpse into this parallel universe I used to live in.

It is amazing how much learned and applied knowledge we use over the course of the years.  For me, I went to school at Alfred, because the CAD program was the only relation I had with computers at the time.  It probably explains why I was good at it, and not that I had an engineering mentality.Drawing History - General Electric Fridge Door

After working at Goulds Pumps for a year, I got scare of settling and ran like the wind to Kentucky and worked for General Electric in Kentucky.  It wasn’t until I had a few exposures to sitting in front of a CAD terminal all day that I finally realized, I don’t like doing CAD all day every day.

My path through the beginnings of CAD were not in vein.  It did bring to surface my desire to learn more about the computers.  Back then, all of the CAD systems were based off of UNIX platform, which few people knew about in the actual workplace.  Being able to manipulate remote shells and take over X-windows processes on other machines became the entertainment value for the day, while rifling off a set of drawings only took a few minutes.

Certificate Tube FittingsHaving a mechanical background in CAD, I was lucky to be involved in the pneumatic and hydraulic side of things, giving me a strong foundation into engineering areas which were all around cool.  Of course I wanted to learn about pressure drops in different lines, to apply it to understanding why different brake lines are better on the race car, but I appreciate the education none the less.Certificate - Fluid Power

I had to go through the resume this summer, giving it modernized version and style to compete with the rest of the planet.  Sadly, the resume no longer reports this previous life I had, as it is no longer relevant to the world of Information Technology networking and system administration.

It does make me wonder where I would be if I had listened to my good friend Craig when he suggested going to RIT back in 1996 to enter this new curriculum called Information Technologies.  Sounds like a fad that would never last.

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Where’s the rest of the cameras Apple?

September 11th, 2009 No comments

buystrip_nano20090909This week we were given a complete redesign of the iPod Nano from Apple. The flash memory based device has moved to the foreground as THE solution for the gym bound or running community because of it’s small, lightweight footprint. Along with getting a pedometer and a built in FM tuner, the device is now touting a video camera, allowing it to record short video clips.  While I have been the opposite of the workout demographic for most of my life, I still gave Apple a silent nod of approval for finally bringing a camera to more of the platforms.  I was disappointed to find how much Apple missed the bar on bringing the camera functionality that I enjoy on the iPhone 3GS to the rest of the platforms.  Not only did they miss the bar slightly on the Nano, they didn’t even show up to the event with the iPod Touch.

No Still Images Nano?

The iPod Nano now has a VIDEO camera. That’s right, only a video camera.  While you can take motion video, you still can’t take still images.  This is a huge let down, as I currently take 5-10 images a day as part of my routine on the iPhone 3GS.  While I have tried to enter the video generation, I keep bouncing back to the fact that I am still a fan of photography.  I have made taking pictures part of my daily routine, and having a decent camera is essential.  I struggle to find video moments, until somebody’s kid shows up to remind me why we need more video.

I was listening to CNet’s Buzz Out Loud podcast this week, and they mentioned that Apple stated the lack of still camera functionality was because they needed a deeper chassis in order to fit the lens for a still camera.  If that is the case, we can’t expect to see any still images coming to the Nano for a few years when it is ready to redesign again.

iPod Touch comes with nothing?

iPod Touch BacksidePerhaps the more disappointing “lack of news” is that the latest version of the iPod Touch still doesn’t have a camera…at all.  The iPod Touch has always had a blank piece over the upper rear corner of the device, where on the matching big brother iPhone exists the camera.  That little blank piece does more to build up my expectation than all of the rumors on the planet, but apparently Apple didn’t catch their own tease.

While the iPod Touch had a $30 price cut for the low model, and anticipated storage expansion for the larger models, I think they are missing the large attraction to having the camera.  I admit to people daily that I love having an iPhone, with the phone being the lowest factor in that addiction I have created.

Perhaps the “numbing” of the iPod is Apple’s attempt to put the iPhone on a higher pedestal, but there is a huge opportunity being missed.  It wouldn’t take much to create the addiction level into the youth of today, not able to get phones, or people stuck in a corporate phone contract with another carrier.  Apple needs to stop creating large announcements around price drops, and get back to building announcements of features.

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