Great, so now I have this whole new site with a fresh layout and an more efficient way of adding stuff. Why not make use of it. There’s often too many small things that I wouldn’t want to highlight or write as a single short blog post (what, me being short?! when has that ever happened?) so here I was thinking (yes, it happens, on occasion!) why not combine those small bits into a more regular update post. I can’t predict what these (hopefully) regular updates will contain but you’ll just have to wait and see. In this post; development bits, home office bits, photography bits, and some world news that’ll make you either laugh or shake your head.
My colleague Bruce just asked me why there weren’t any pictures from my home office versions prior to what I call “version 5”. Good question. Probably because the pictures aren’t too great and I don’t actually have all that many. I can’t even find a single decent (or indecent!) image from back in the earlier days of the office. But I did find a few older ones that predate the “version 5” so I’ve given them a nice little page of their own. Don’t ask me what the specs were on the systems that were there at the time since most of these date back to, I believe, between 1999 and 2001. So yeah, these are a decade old and most of them were shot with an Olympus E-10, one of the first digital SLR’s on the market back then. For those who pay attention, yes, there were still a fewAmiga’s around at the time but even in the 1999 period I didn’t use them. A friend once said I only used those Amiga’s to keep dust of my desks and in a way he was right about that. My use of Amiga’s died off sometime around 1991-1992.
I know. I understand. Don’t worry, though! You really did reach the correct web-site. If you’re a new visitor to the site, fine, ignore all of this. If you’re a regular or recurring visitor, then yes, you will notice there’s something a little different. I decided that since hand coding my website style and design in 2006 it was time for an overhaul (wouldn’t you agree if you see all those old websites that look like they still live in the mid 90’s?). Not just the style but the functionality too. I would like to say it was a huge effort but I found it to be a rather smooth and easy experience and I’ve always said, I’m not a web-guy or web-designer of any kind. But I suspect that having done “rocket science stuff” for so long makes everything feel like it’s a lesser complexity
A mutual client (which remains nameless) of Astucemedia and more recently of yours truly asked me what my involvement with them was. None, of course. After a few seconds of confusion and further communication it was pointed out to me that my office was prominently displayed on their website. What a great move, using my office on your site, this client now has doubts about the professionalism of Atucemedia and I most certainly agree with the client on that. How’s that for being stupid… unless it wasn’t mere stupidity?
The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of all these models is Clevo, a company with a long history in creating some of the most powerful and amazing laptops you’ll ever see. They come with a somewhat high pricetag (almost 4200 Euros / US$5900 for the above configuration) and considerable weight and bulk but you certainly get a laptop that can compete with many a desktop and workstation. Especially considering that these laptop use the Intel i7 desktop processors and will support up to 3 harddisks (or SSD’s) and up to 12GB of RAM!
SAN RAFAEL, California, Jan 5, 2010 – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Dynamite VSP and Dynamite SIM visualization software products and related assets. The products were purchased from 3AM Solutions, a UK-based privately owned technology company that develops visualization software for civil infrastructure. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Oscar nominated artist Ruairi Robinson has posted the full version of his live action short film, “The Silent City” for all to see. Ruairi wrote, directed, edited, and storyboarded the entire film and has done 95% of the visual effects (which, as usual, are stunning). The film stars Don Wycherley (from Batchelors Walk), Cillian Murphy (28 Days, Later, Sunshine, Batman Begins, Breakfast on Pluto), and Garvan McGrath. Besides the high definition video, make sure you check out some of the visual effects wizardry performed by Ruairi by checking out the before and after shots. And while you’re at it, check out the humorous FAQ that is featured on his website. A little word of warning… graphic detail not suitable for children and strong language will be found anywhere in the vicinity of anything remotely related to Ruairi. But that’s the way we know and like Ruairi and we hope he never changes that edge.
Since the initial publication by mantiCORE Labs several companies such as Softimage and Autodesk and have recognized the relevance of .NET and have, at the end of 2006 both released products that offer some integration with .NET….it ‘only’ took them 4 years. This article has been written with three different categories of readers in mind; Developers (including script writers and plugin programmers) of DCC software products and add-on applications, managers involved in the business and the technology of software development and users of DCC software. Kick back for a long but hopefully interesting read of what the future might bring, yet also about what the future should bring.
This is an article I had written several years ago. Seeing as there are still many links to the article and it still receives many visitors I have decided to save it in this new location on my personal site. This article is written by Stefan Andersson and yours truly and is aimed at users of Autodesk/Discreet’s 3ds max who are transitioning to Softimage XSI and covers the fundamentals. When time allows there will be follow-up articles published which will take a closer and more in-depth look at the various aspects of Softimage XSI such as the Net View, Synoptic Editor, Scripting, and lots more. You can find Softimage tutorials by Stefan Andersson on the excellent website of Ed Harris.