Monthly Archives: February 2009

A $100 Computer Server?

This is an interesting development for information technology… A $100 server that could do to servers what netbooks did to notebooks. With the Marvell SheevaPlug, you get a hardware/software server that is about the size of a power adapter. Believe

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The End of the Relational Database?

Most Product Data Management systems are built on top of the ubiquitous relational databases… An article on ReadWriteWeb discusses the future of relational databases versus the emerging key value stores (e.g., SimpleDB, CouchDB, etc.). The conclusion suggests that relational databases and

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Update to Y14.5 GD&T Standard

I know that the posting title looks a little oblique, but the ANSI standard for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (Y14.5) will have a 2009 revision next month.  For those of you not aware, GD&T is central to engineering design.  The new

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CAD Software Operation

We get the opportunity to work with just about all of the latest CAD software: CATIA, NX, Pro/E, SolidWorks…  each has its own idiosyncracies and most of them take days if not weeks to learn before you become productive.  The

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Computer-Aided Process Planning

Not everyone is familiar with the acronym, CAPP, but the notion of Computer-Aided Process Planning has been around for over twenty years. The focus has been to reduce the labor hours required to create manufacturing planning. There have been numerous

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