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My SolidWorks World Sessions - Day 1, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

January 19, 2010 8:55 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Now that I've looked at the schedule closer, there's a hard break starting at 3:45pm. That's where you'll find the food and drinks, and hundreds of people. There are some great sessions starting at 4:30pm, so break away from the goodies a little early and get a good seat. Tips and Tricks:...

Tax Credits Might Be Your Ticket to Savings

January 19, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Most of us love saving money from anywhere we can pinch it. You can do it the hard way, by writing up a budget and finding all the fun, little things you spend money on that you don't really need. For me, I'm thinking about that double dip at the Sunday movi

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Our Dog Discovered Our Ducts Have Cats

January 18, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Our Australian Shepherd, Matilda, is not the fiercest of protectors. In fact, she's a total coward. She flees in horror from strangers and is terrorized by the vacuum cleaner; even a pair of shoes left in an unaccustomed place can strike fear in her heart. B

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Problems with CO2 Cap-and-Trade

January 18, 2010 4:38 am | by by Prof. Ken Johnson Ret. | Comments

It is often said the Democrat Party likes to tax "anything that moves". The present Congress is preparing to add to that ". . . or releases carbon dioxide"...

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My SolidWorks World Sessions - Day 1, 2:45pm to 3:45pm

January 18, 2010 3:54 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

There's a decent chance that fruits, cookies, and sodas will be lining the hallways as everyone makes their way to the next set of technical sessions. I'll grab some on my way to see one of these sessions. SolidWorks and LEGOs - Tangible Methods That Really Stack UpAdam Scheible, Portland...

My SolidWorks World Sessions - Day 1, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

January 17, 2010 7:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Chooosing a session to attend after lunch doesn't get any easier. There are some really good choices and some really good presenters. I've decided not to take any specific track, but rather to pick a good cross section of sessions to attend. Here are the sessions I'm looking at in this...

My SolidWorks World Sessions - Day 1, 10:30am to 12:00pm

January 15, 2010 10:58 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Choosing sessions at SolidWorks World is never easy. Do I pick a "track" and stick with it? Maybe I should sit in on sessions covering functionality I don't normally use. I guess I could attend sessions based on the presenter's credentials and/or reputation. I just don't know.... I've...

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...

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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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