February 20, 2012 by Darren
Tell Us Your Story!
This simple napkin sketch, which has been making the rounds on Facebook, is originally credited to Star Trek actor George Takei’s feed, although it is unclear if he came up with the idea or posted it from elsewhere.
It doesn’t matter: The idea still resonates.
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like people at the top of their industries just naturally gravitated there based on talent and smarts. Of course, any engineer, architect, or CAD manager who’s ever helped usher a product from the idea stage to reality knows better.
If you’re a Star Trek fan, you know that George Takei, a.k.a. Mr. Sulu, overcame all sorts of challenges battling ethnic stereotypes off screen — and on screen, there were tons of dicey moments with aliens.
Tell us about your experience living inside those squiggly lines. What’s been your biggest CAD challenge that you’ve overcome — whether it’s been with DraftSight or not?
…And any lessons you can share with the rest of us?
October 7, 2011 by Darren
Engineering, In Case You Missed It...
Technology has created a generation gap in terms of how we gamble.
People who have grown up with texting and Smartphones prefer video slot machines, while gamblers over age 40 tend not to trust them.
“Older generations see the spinning mechanical reels and feel much more comfortable,” says John Dawson, an engineer for Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), a leading manufacturer of Class II machines for Native American casinos. “When they can’t see something really physically spin, they feel like they are being duped by technology.”
“With touch screens becoming more and more mainstream on phones, we’re seeing young people gravitate more to the video screens,” he says.
In the gaming industry, slot machines are now more commonly referred to as electronic gaming machines (EGM). Spinning the reels is controlled with a button and the traditional side lever is usually only present for nostalgic reasons. Read More