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AutoCAD for Mac!

AutoDesk’s famous software AutoCAD is now available for the Mac operating system.  AutoCAD is a drafting tool used by thousands of architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, and many other design disciplines.  It is a very powerful tool for designers, but has been limited to PC platforms.  These restrictions have often forced many designers to just deal exclusively with PC machines and not even try Macs.  Now, that is all changing!  The availability of the software on the Mac will now give designers the ability to have more flexibility with software and computer choice.

AutoCAD for Mac uses the same principles and function of the PC version.  Many of the tools and commands are the same, but there are some changes to the user interface.  However, just watching a few tutorials and experimenting around for a few minutes was enough to get me familiar with the layout.  In no time at all, I was working with AutoCAD for Mac and exploring the new features.  Also, this program fully supports all .DWG files and is compatible with the PC version. This is a plus for those working in a collaborative environment where there could be some worry about file transfers and workflow.

One of the many pluses of the Mac version is that it is supported by all Mac platforms.  This means you can access, view and make some minor edits with your iPad, iPhone, and even your iPod!  You can now take AutoCAD ANYWHERE!  The graphics seem to run faster, and the interface is a bit more smooth and intuitive on the Mac version.  However, since this is only the first release of the software for Mac, not all functions, tools, and other compatible programs are available.  Software developers hope to add these functions over time to create the same professional suite of products found on the PC version.  Just watch some of the cool videos on the AutoDesk website and check out or download the software for yourself…

Right now, AutoDesk is offering free 30 day trials for AutoCad for Mac.  The software is also available to students for free.  So if you are looking for a reason to switch to Mac and try something new now is the time to do it!

 

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Apparently, Google Doesn’t Rule the World!

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While surfing tech news everywhere today, I came across an article that told me that Yahoo! Mail still is “king” of email, adding 6 digits worth of new accounts monthly, thus, killing Google’s Gmail by about 70K new users per month.

If you would have told me this fact over dinner I would have called you a liar. After spending many a day on the UW Campus it seemed quite clear that Gmail ruled the electronic message delivery system.

Goes to show you that I don’t know everything after all.

The following is from Cnet News:

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Windows 7 could make PCs fun. . .

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[ Originally published by Wired Magazine | by Brian X Chen | “First Look: Windows 7 Shapes Up as Microsoft’s Best OS Yet” ]

Good news, everyone! If you’ve been stuck in a time loop using Windows XP, which is nearing eight years old, or Windows Vista, which is just annoying, you can finally break free: Windows 7 is almost here. Microsoft delivers a slickly designed, vastly improved OS that will warp you to the world of today. This upgrade is big, and it’s hugely recommended for Microsoft users.

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Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. . .

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[ Originally published by the Washington Post, as “Facebook Cornering Market on E-Friends: Fight to Own Social Media Heats Up.”  | by Chadwick Matlin ]

Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.

Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous. To understand why, we must understand FriendFeed, a start-up that is ubiquitous among techies and unknown to everybody else. It’s a sleek application that acts as a clearinghouse for all of your social-media activities. Post something to Flickr? That will show up on your FriendFeed page. Digg something? FriendFeed will know. Post to Twitter from your phone? FriendFeed will syndicate your tweets. Once you initially tell it where to look, it will collect everything and tell it to the world.

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Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

Originally posted by Noah Shachtman on Wired.com | Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

Marine Using Twitter

The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

“These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries,” reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday. “The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnel… at an elevated risk of compromise.”

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Revolutionary “Racetrack” Memory in the Works

IBM's new Racetrack Memory

IBM's new Racetrack Memory

Soon your computer and electronic gadgets could be smaller, faster, cheaper, more relliable and even greener thanks to a new form of computer memory technology called racetrack.

Racetrack memory is currently under development at IBM and will be a vast improvement over today’s leading computer memory technology – hard disk and flash – which each have serious limitations.

Racktrack is showing to be more reliable than hard disks, making consistent computer crashes, well, a distant memory.  And it’s cheaper than flash – perhaps 100 times less expensive.

You can read more about Racetrack Memory and how it will revolutionize computing by following this link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Racetrack+speeds+memory/1488396/story.html

Once racetrack becomes an industry standard, STS will be able to show you how to install it!  Until then, STS offers PC Hardware and Installation classes that teach students how to install computer components.  Sign up today at www.wisc.edu/sts

Tom Davich

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No More Shock Treatment for Internet Addicts

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The Huffington Post reports that a Chinese hospital has stopped using electric shock therapy to cure Internet addiction.  Supposedly, it doesn’t work.  Wow.  Those results are, well, shocking.

| Originally posted at HuffingtonPost.com as “China Shock Therapy On Internet Addicts To Be Ended.” |

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Health Ministry has ordered a hospital to stop using electric shock therapy to cure youths of Internet addiction, saying there was no scientific evidence it worked.

Linyi Mental Health Hospital in eastern Shandong province used the treatment as part of a four-month program that has so far treated nearly 3,000 youths, the China Youth Daily newspaper has reported, citing the psychiatrist who runs it, Yang Yongxin.

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