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Which Sessions Should I Attend?

January 15, 2010 9:54 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Ahhh..Monday morning at SolidWorks World. You're looking over the agenda and trying to decide which technical session to attend. But wait...there are twenty of them to choose from between 10:30am and 12:00pm. 2-0. TWENTY. And that's just the morning sessions. Count up the rest of the day...

To RFP or Not to RFP: that is the Question

January 15, 2010 4:22 am | by Jason Vaughn, UPS Supply Chain Solutions Vice President of High Tech Distribution/Logistics Operations | Comments

Wall Street demands synergies. The Board wants answers and your customers don’t want to feel a thing. This is the life of a supply chain professional during a merger. After the merger is finalized a supply chain professional is left with two of everything; two manufacturing structures; two sets distribution channels; two sets of every transportation lane on the planet and even two post sales service structures.

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Femtocells and Backhaul Issues

January 15, 2010 3:33 am | by Rupert Baines | Comments

One of the questions that often gets asked around femtocells is “What about the backhaul issues?” Indeed, some people have suggested that DSL will need to be upgraded to some carrier-grade Ethernet or xPON service to solve this issue.

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What Are Your Reasons for Saving Energy?

January 14, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Elizabeth discussed how saving energy could be contagious. There are various reasons people are energy consci

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Chimneys: Warm and Cozy or Easy Exit for Your Heat?

January 12, 2010 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Both of my childhood homes featured fireplaces. If you've had one, you know how terrific they can be—great places to bask on cold winter nights, an easy opportunity to toast marshmallows, picturesque, undeniably a pleasure in the house that has one.

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Creating a Chemical Computer that Mimics Neurons

January 12, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

A promising push toward a novel, biologically-inspired "chemical computer" has begun as part of an international collaboration. The "wet computer" incorporates several recently discovered properties of chemical systems that can be hijacked to engineer computing power.

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How Saving Energy Might Be Contagious

January 11, 2010 11:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I was wondering the other day if saving energy might be, you know, contagious. And yes, that's an awfully dorky thing to think. But I found myself wondering that because I really was being a bit of a dork. You see, before I started working at the Nat

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A Little Over 10,000

January 11, 2010 6:55 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

A few years ago (2006 actually) we started looking total attendance at user group meetings as a yardstick to gauge interest. I'm not sure the numbers mean that much, other than to look at the overall trends. As I was compiling the data from 2009, I realized that we had passed the 10,000...

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What Steps Do You Take to Maintain Your Furnace?

January 7, 2010 11:29 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Chris told you about his plans to maintain his furnace to keep it running efficiently. Pr

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Hook'em Horns

January 7, 2010 11:23 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

I have a lot of friends in Alabama, but not today.   Go Longhorns!!

Secure USB Flaw Exposed

January 7, 2010 10:08 am | by Kelly Jackson Higgins, DarkReading | Comments

A newly discovered flaw in USB vendor Sandisk's secure USB technology leaves the devices vulnerable to attack and has led to the recall and patching of several secure USB drive products.

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Simple Maintenance Saves Costly Furnace Repair/Replacement

January 6, 2010 6:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

For the past few weeks, my forced-air gas furnace has been on the fritz. I blame this on the fact that I haven't been as diligent as

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SWUGN Year in Review - December 2009

January 5, 2010 8:54 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Top StoryAfter more than fours years of leading CTSUG by himself, Bill Casnovsky finally gets two volunteers to help with the group. Steve Calvert and Rex Jackson assume Vice-President in charge of stuff positions and immediately set about updating the group's decade old logo. Other good...

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SWUGN Year in Review - November 2009

January 4, 2010 12:05 pm | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Top Story46 SolidWorks User Groups take advantage of new SolidWorks forums "group" functionality by requesting their own social groups. The Southern Minnesota SolidWorks User Group REALLY takes advantage and signs up 29 members almost immediately. The group wins a contest and will have...

LED Lighting: Just the Facts, Please!

January 4, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

My June 16, 2009 blog gave tips on purchasing high-quality LED lights. Now there's another arsenal in the toolbox to help c

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