Finally – AutoCAD 2011 for the Mac


It is Official Autodesk has come out with a version of AutoCAD for the Mac. After so many years (since 1982 that they released a Mac Version of AutoCAD). I believe this has been one of the most requested applications in many industries to be ported to Mac’s. Now they would get a much greater response if they released a version for Linux (they had released a Unix Version many years ago, which was a very robust application considering that it ran at 64 Bit from what I’ve read.) All the Linux fanatics would go crazy over it (including my self).

Here is their Video Release.

Here is Autoesk’s Official Page for AutoCAD for the Mac.

New interesting DataBase | SQLite


I’ve been searching for a database that is compact, robust and distributable without any issues. Some of my first choices were MS Access and  MySQL but the problem is that I had to install their core application and then create connections to them from the program I’m developing. So I search a little deeper and came across SQLite. It is a small, compact yet with “almost” all the feature a full SQL database would have. All in under 400kb. But above all it is FREE. As I did my search in Google, found that many (and I mean many) companies use it in one way or an other. From Google to probably the cellphone that you might be using right now.

The database in its self has been in existence since 2000. Their latest release is 3.5.8. There are many GUI interfaces out there to manage SQLite and you can find them in their website as well.

below is what you would see when you start SQLite with test.db.

C:\sqlite>sqlite3 test.db SQLite version 3.5.8 Enter “.help” for instructions sqlite>

From here you start creating you tables and inserting data in to them.

create table test1 (id integer primary key, data text);
insert into test1 (data) values ('this is test one');

To retrieve the information in a readable manner you can include the following commands at the prompt.

.header on
.mode col

This will actually show the data in a more readable way. Now to retrieve the data you can do the following:

sqlite> select * from test1;

id          data
----------  ----------------
1           this is test one

As you can see it is a very interesting application. As I keep testing it I’ll post more information.

Windows uses 20% of your bandwidth Here’s how to Get it back


This is an extract from an other website very good information to speed up bandwidth on your PC.

Windows uses 20% of your bandwidth Here’s how to Get it back

A nice little tweak for XP. Microsoft reserve 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes (suspect for updates and interrogating your machine etc..)

Here’s how to get it back:

Click Start–>Run–>type “gpedit.msc” without the ”

This opens the group policy editor. Then go to:

Local Computer Policy–>Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Network–>QOS Packet Scheduler–>Limit Reservable Bandwidth

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab :

“By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.”

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO.
This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.

tested on XP Pro, and 2000
other o/s not tested.

Powertoys XP


Well, for those that like to tweak around your Windows Operation System here  is a link you probably would like to have handy.

This are as its name explain Powertoys. The developers at Microsoft Were so board that they decided to create small applications to create more functionality to the OS. You would expect for that to be built in to the OS, but Nooo, they had to make people fish for it. Oh Well, enjoy.

Until next blog.


New interesting Application


I have come across some amazing applications that I think everybody would like to use. First, let me post a question. How many times have you had to use someone elses computer to do something like check  your email, write a document, log into your IM and find that usually no one has the applications You use.  Well, here is the answer. Keep in mind that with using memory sticks, thumbdrives and other miniature and portable storage devices available, comes  the portable applications. Basically these are applications that do not need to be installed in order for them run. In turn you can have all the applications in a thumbdrive and take it with you where ever you go, just take the Memory stick.  This makes portability a wonderfull thing.

Here is the Website

AbiWord The lightweight AbiWord word processor
FileZilla The excellent FTP client
Firefox The popular Firefox web browser
Gaim The multi-protocol instant messenger
NVU Edit web pages with NVU The full-featured office suite
Sunbird The handy Sunbird calendar
Thunderbird The popular Thunderbird email client