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Archive for October, 2009

7 up

Posted by cadsmith on October 24, 2009


Upgrade was straightforward for win 7 home edition 32-bit on an XP dual-boot laptop. After backing up previous data files and defragging, used GParted from an ImgBurn’d DVD to split partition into pair. Downloaded three OS files from web, Win7-HP-Retail-en-us-x86.exe 69.8MB, setup2.box 137.6MB and setup1.box 2GB, then installation to the new clean logical drive took about half an hour. Wireless internet access was easily restored. Aero is supported by graphics card. The PC now boots to win7 by default or previous XP by selection. Win 7 documents can be edited from XP login, but reverse situation is prevented from seeing or editing other user’s contents. Workaround is to use a common area which does not require permissions, e.g. \temp. Word .doc files are not recognized on native win7, so saved as .rtf. Used a notes file and cell phone as dashboards for activity log, clips and comments; web editor is another alternative. Third party apps have to be reinstalled and checked for compatibility. The system displays a dialogue box once for each program to verify that it will be allowed disk access. IE8, Firefox and Chrome browsers imported bookmarks from respective exported html’s okay. Live writer was used for this blog. Evernote 3.5 added a new entry okay. Adobe Reader 9 installed and was able to look at a couple of PDF files. There are more apps to reinstall and verify. Stored MP3s play. An external USB disk is accessible; backup of 40.54GB took about 50 minutes.


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Progressive Regression

Posted by cadsmith on October 18, 2009


Assume for a minute that forecasts of a cloudy web are true. Enterprises enter a refactoring phase which complements phones replacing PCs amid meetups instead of meetings. More extreme cases result in, not just paperless office, but officeless professions, education and government. The schizophrenic screen that has spent half the time on work and the other on web2.0 then solidifies seamlessly. In the future tense, it is likely that there are applications where the cloud is useful at an acceptable threshold of trust.

Data volume being like a tornado that sweeps over engines of search, classification and computation, a data mining booster may help find direction again, and test data analysis may establish course correction. Tools have found their way onto PCs and networks in the QA, agile and open-source cases. Components can be customized to run off of portable media such as flash drive or CD, USB or P2P, browser plugins, and phone apps. The next exercise is to establish stable, sustainable and scalable eQuality. For example, a mashup of templates from TIS and cloud would vector versions of testability metrics, virtual toolsets, testing-as-a-service, cloud under test, and analysis on demand. Depending upon the cultural or commercial context, they may tend more to either social or automated implementations.

This potentially adds new mosaics to dashboards that are now limited to notes, feeds, reviews, wikis, communications, activities, spreadsheets, and media. Cumulative captains of industry can derive further case studies, cluster BOMs and business plans. Test teams may widen their range and discover unmet needs and niches as tech has a tendency to do. Exceptions to the cloud pivot toward continuing efforts at clearing constraints.

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Posted by cadsmith on October 11, 2009

In order to add depth to a discussion of visualization, verification and validation, take a snapshot of 3D CAD. Digitized renditions of places, appliances and actors result in a natural interface that exploits user capacities for mobility, navigation, and prediction. Identification, position and metadata are features of the framework. Models may vary in definition, accuracy and manageability, but tend to benefit from the web trends of linking, collaboration and interoperability. A brisk pace of improvements adds user designs to more situations over time such as conference, games and science. Time itself is a parameter in this context since it can be represented as an axis, cycle, or movie-like special effects. It can alternatively be transformed into other mappings such as durations, derivatives, or distributions. Slices of depictions can be juxtaposed for comparison, interaction or animation. (Okay, okay, okay, the triplets theme is becoming trying.)

Familiar applications include architecture and vehicle manufacturing. Design costs are lower since versions can be exercised and discarded without waste. Users are watching more video and doing more drawing on tablets or touchscreens. They do photography on webcams or phones which also have built-in GPS and compass. Symbolism is second nature via avatars in virtual worlds and augmented reality. Graphics run locally or on distributed platforms using flash. CAD adds a degree of control to a world where surveillance seems to witness chaotically runaway effects, and invites efforts to find ways to turn more information into knowledge. Models themselves form a datawarehouse which can be used as reference. This is useful when the scales approach infinity, e.g. nano or cognitive. As consumers expect more 3D video, CAD branding becomes generally applicable.

Also see resource links 3D CAD.

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    Onto Log

    Posted by cadsmith on October 4, 2009

    Business’ heaps of communications and records contain knowledge that is often needed but are lost and inaccessible. There is a class of database known as enterprise content management (ECM) created as a solution. These systems add features such as discovery of material relevant to a query, derivation of workflow models, and flexibility of administrative interfaces such as datawarehouse dashboards. They apply lessons learned from web2.0 collaboration and networking. software development such as opensource and SaaS, and hardware implementation for mobility, scalability and virtualization.

    Well-known players in this field include Microsoft Sharepoint, EMC Documentum, IBM Filenet P8, Oracle 10gR3, Autonomy Interwoven, Open Text Vignette, Alfresco and Nuxeo. Selecting the right type of system and vendor is crucial for successful implementations, so quality assurance approaches become relevant. Besides expense, differences include ability to convert hardcopy to digital storage, migration from legacy systems, and interoperability between vendors.

    The proposed Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard is an attempt to agree upon a uniform export protocol.

    Hopes are balanced by concerns about preservation, privacy, security and future-proofing as in transitions of other types of operational and archival community records such as medical, scientific, library, financial, utilities and government. Test content management is a subject of interest to this blog.

    For further details, see wiki and resource bookmarks.

    Image: Noah’s Ark

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