It’s Been a While

Posted on June 20th, 2013. Posted In Personal

I’ve been horrible about writing of late. I could give you a bunch of different reasons, but the main one is I’ve just been focusing on life.

I lost my job back in March, and have been searching for work since then. It’s surprising how busy one becomes when unemployed. Every morning I think about what I need to do that day and then, WHAM!, the day is over and I’ve accomplished nothing on my list. Now, too, I have to get past the cabin fever that is setting in. While I could imagine living the life of the idle rich, living the life of the “I-don’t-want-to-be-idle-my-savings-are-dwindling” isn’t any fun.

I did write a review of Siemen’s 3DSync recently, that will be appearing in Develop3D in the not too distant future. Because of the article, or at least that’s my assumption, I’ve been invited to attend SolidEdge University next week. I’m going, but have absolutely no idea what to expect. The one upside is that I already have a title for my post about it. (If anyone from Cincinnati reads this, what is there to do in Cincinnati?)

I’ve also been approached about some other writing gigs as well as possibly doing some training videos. The articles will appear here, after they’ve been printed, so you’ll end up seeing posts that aren’t SolidWorks related. I do hope you find them interesting, though. I guess things are looking up a little.

If you know of anyone looking for help in the Seattle area, send them my way, would ya? I really want to get back to work full-time. You can point them to my LinkedIn Profile, or just have them email me.

SolidWorks 2013 – My take on it

Posted on September 23rd, 2012. Posted In Software Review,SolidWorks Community

Let’s get this out of the way right now, is this release going to blow your socks off? No, I don’t believe it will. There are, however, aspects of it that will definitely ruffle your skirt/kilt/bathrobe (*ahem*, Mr. Mings). Some of the stuff was just “eh”, but that’s to be expected as well. If everything was awe-inducing, the bar would be set way too high for future releases and SolidWorks Corp would burn through programmers and Product Managers far too quickly. Plus, things like stable releases shouldn’t be awe-inspiring, they should just be.

I spent a good portion of a day at SolidWorks, along with some of my fellow bloggers, being shown a bunch of what was new in SolidWorks 2013. It was, for all intents and purposes, a rollout. We’re just able to be more boisterous with the presenters. When I got back to Seattle, I got 2013 loaded up onto my laptop and started messing around with it. (Yes, I know, I was late to the party.) I’ve been digging into it and am impressed with how quickly it loads up on my tired Dell M4300. While it never crossed my mind to do an actual test, I’d say it’s a good 10-15 seconds quicker than 2012. I haven’t really noticed anything different graphically or speed-wise, aside from the initial loading. Again, bear in mind that I’m using a beat up 4-year old laptop. 32-gigs, at that.

That all being said, you’re going to have to wait until my thoughts are published by Devlop3d. I have to say that I was quite flattered when Al asked me if I’d be interested in collaborating with him on a SolidWorks 2013 review. I’m guessing it was because we’d been at the bar drinking for a couple of hours, but that’s his problem. I, on the other hand, get to enjoy my 30 seconds of fame as a “writer” for Develop3d. Yay, me!

Al Dean – Develop3D’s Master Scribe

Posted on March 26th, 2011. Posted In Interview

 It wasn’t until I joined Twitter in July of ’08 that I first became aware of Alistar Dean. How this was even possible is beyond me. Al is one of those people who, upon meeting him for the first time, you know you will never forget. If asked to describe him, I would say he’s an uneven mix of father, scholar, punk and geek. I say uneven as I believe the mixture changes depending on environment. Perhaps ‘chameleon’ would be a more apt description? No matter, it is the sum of these parts that makes up the incredible Human being that is Al Dean.

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SWW 2010 – Before Day 1

Posted on January 31st, 2010. Posted In SolidWorks Community

After an uneventful flight on my current favorite airline, Virgin America, I arrived in Anaheim to the welcoming committee that was Alex Ruiz. He’d run into Mr. Christy Jordan (nee Ricky Jordan) and Rich Hall, so the twosome became a foursome and off we went to the hotel. (Tangent here – more swag just came my way courtesy of Al Dean and Develop3D. I love swag) After a quick shower, it was time for an informal tweet-up in the lobby of the Hilton. After a bit of discussion, a group of us were off to Chubby’s for dinner. You can see said group over at Deelip’s blog.

As seems to be the norm, a large contingent of SolidWorks World attendees, employees, bloggers, VARs were congregated around the bar. With this being my fifth SWW, it was a time to reacquaint myself with friends from years past. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when I was approached by three gentlemen. They wanted to know if I was Jeff Mirisola. Though the temptation to say ‘no’ was there, I admitted that I was. Turns out, they were from AMV and wanted to thank me for my review of SteelWorks. Phew! You’re welcome, guys, it’s a great product!

The night ended quietly, unlike last year. I’m quite happy that I don’t feel compelled to apologize to anyone I may have spoken to. Today is a mellow day. Tonight, well, that may be a different story.

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