Saturday, January 9, 2010

Anticipate the difficult...

Seems that sounds ("dem fweaky soundz") are in the news this week. Google's Listen brings podcasts and other audio to your Android-powered device. Intel's Reader reads aloud text that you take a picture of. If you need an audience, try this page full of audience sounds. Experiment with this 2D audio mixer. Or just play drums online.

My vote for the worst use of technology goes to eCoinToss, a crappy graphical coin toss visualization used at this year's Liberty Bowl. The Innovative CFD blog asks why care about numerical methods. It's cold outside, so make your snow on the inside using flurrious. Acrobat clock. A summary of Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Like maths? Read Plus magazine or these free ebooks.

A blast of programming links: algorithms, sorting, skill sharpening puzzles, and ebooks. And a blast of web links: resources, online CSS tools, and a layout cookbook.

Immediately cease use of czar, tweet, and other words on 2010's banished word list. (They got my pet peeve, "staycation", last year.) The Danish OSFRI project is a consortium of 8 companies and 2 universities working toward development of open source CFD. LifeUpFront is a blog about using the SpaceClaim CAD software, written by a former CFD guy from CFDesign.

From the CAE newswire:
  • Delcam launched Solid Doctor for CAD data repair.
  • CFDesign released their winter update.
  • Autodesk released Algor Simulation CFD service pack 1.
  • Simerics released PumpLinx V2.5.
  • The Overset Symposium will be held 20-23 September 2010 at NASA Ames.
  • Ala Moradian won Tecplot's Best of Plot competition with a plasma torch.
  • STAR-CCM+ used to solve aero and thermal issues with Tesla S.
Is Foursquare right for your business? Think GPS-enabled, localized version of Twitter. Mashable reviews social media trends for 2009 and for 2010 (iPhone on another carrier, Blackberry declines). Is Goodlife Zen a gentle tailwind propelling you forward or just someone blowing hot air up your ass?

Bacon sighting: Bacon Pop (popcorn). Having trouble getting your way? Try these scientifically proven ways to be persuasive. JT Open is a community of users exchanging 3D CAD data using the JT technology. AVL-Fire, Sculptor, and modeFRONTIER were all used to optimize a car's external aerodynamics. The DFW Perl user group.

The Business Bulldog has a blog to help you give your business some bite. A new edition of the New Rules of Marketing & PR has been published. This Aviation Week article about a new bomber cites advances in CFD as enabling technology. Get a Chumby (not a euphemism) and add the internet to any room in your house. Have you lost an airplane? Maybe it's been found.

This is not news and falls into the "you get what you pay for category" but here are thoughts on poor customer service, the hidden cost of free software. OnStartups started an internet meme about startup advice in exactly 3 words. Research and Markets predicts a rapid recovery during the first half of 2010 for the engineering software market in China. For your daily marketing fix, read MarketingProfs' blog. managing the easy.
--Lao Tzu

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