First thoughts on OpenSCAD

SketchUp is what I have been terming the “Programmer’s Maya”.  But I just came across a modeling program that truly deserves that title – OpenSCAD. OpenSCAD is pretty much only useful for 3D prints – you would not want to use it for modeling a room, for example. It works well for objects that can…

Compare Web Hosts

Because GoDaddy does not use SSD and has restrictions on database access, I am looking at transferring from them.  Rather than only having review sites, I came across a useful utility that performs comparisons on three categories: Help & Support Speed & Reliability Price & Value It’s a ridiculous domain name, but seems to be…

BackupBuddy review and experience

The problem I have close to a dozen sites that I personally handle.  That includes feature requests, performance, and backups.  To perform backups, I pretty much set aside a decent chunk of time to manually export the WordPress databases, then I FTP down the corresponding files. This is not exactly the fastest process, but I’ve…

Firsthand experience in 3D printing

It’s been around for years.  I’ve seen others generate prints, but have never done it myself.  That is, until now. Tonight, I unpacked a new DaVinci Jr Wifi.  Here are my thoughts on it: Fairly large – approximately 17″ cubed. Filament spool sits on the inside of that cube – nothing on the outside of…

Thoughts on Model-View-ViewModel

So many methodologies on how to program.  Things were so simple 20-30 years ago.  Single file programs.  Then turning into multiple files, procedural.  Then OOP.  Then Winforms.  Then MFC.  Then .NET and all the C# goodness.  Then WPF.  And now MVVM. There’s pluses and minuses to advancement in technology.  On some occasions, I feel that…

Comparing renderers for SketchUp

SketchUp is proving to be interesting.  At some point, everyone wants to take their crude models and render them beautifully.  SketchUp does not really come with the ability to render more realistic-looking scenes.  For any functionality that SketchUp lacks, the norm is to search for a solution in the Extension Warehouse. Turns out that there…