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Managing PTC Integrity Licensing (Windchill RV&S)

When licensing your Windchill Requirements Validation & Source (RV&S) server, there are a few options for purchase or implementation.  Many readers may recognize Windchill RV&S as the latest version of PTC Integrity -- or, if you have worked in software...

How to Maximize Engineering Design Automation for CAD/PDM

In recent years, interest in engineering design automation across multiple industries skyrocketed, especially due to the high return on investment (ROI). Relieving your engineers from tedious, error-prone tasks and directing them toward automation presents a fantastic...
Five Techniques to Resist Hiring Temptation

Five Techniques to Resist Hiring Temptation

Here we go again; the economy is recovering and competition is heating up for your crucial technical staff. As you interview candidates there will be temptation to hire someone who may not seem “quite right”. In normal times you wouldn't hire such a person...but darn...

9 Ways To Repurpose an Underperforming Laptop

9 Ways To Repurpose an Underperforming Laptop

In a recent post, I discussed how to resolve 3 common (yet significant) issues with a broken laptop. Chances are, even if the issue is fixed, your computer may not run as well as it used to. But all hope is not lost. Say for instance you have an old 1.2ghz Celeron...

How to Resolve 3 Common Laptop Issues

How to Resolve 3 Common Laptop Issues

For many of us, having old hardware laying around means clutter for the desk or maybe an investment that you're not quite ready to dispose of. Maybe you have a laptop that a child stepped on or was damaged when you "accidentally" dropped it. Whatever the reason, old...

How does the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid Taste?

How does the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid Taste?

I’m just going to come out and say it: I drank the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid. My coworkers mock me, and I accept this. But darn it, I want to believe! (and it tastes a lot better than what I was drinking before.) And it's certainly better than if I wandered over to the...

Netlist Flows between Mentor Graphics and Cadence Applications

Netlist Flows between Mentor Graphics and Cadence Applications

Looking for a way to jump between applications? Here’s the first of many workflows I use for going between applications. I’ll continue this series with DxDesigner -> Allegro PCB Editor next week. DxDesigner -> PADS Layout Open your project. In this case, I’m...

5 Tools You Can Use to Eliminate Malware From Your Machine

5 Tools You Can Use to Eliminate Malware From Your Machine

One of the more common requests I receive from users is that their computer is running slowly, or even worse, they're getting a popup saying that their machine is infected with a virus and Extreme AntiVirus 2013 can remove that virus for the low low cost of $39.95!...

How PLM Enables Innovation Without Risking Compliance

How PLM Enables Innovation Without Risking Compliance

As technology has advanced, it's become more complex -- and with complexity comes the issue of tracking and monitoring the different processes and their corresponding data. In non-critical applications, the extent of this reporting is often minimal. However, in...

10 Pitfalls That Can Impact VMWare Performance

10 Pitfalls That Can Impact VMWare Performance

Ensuring servers provide consistent performance is a primary goal for all infrastructure management services . A large portion of our servers are in a virtualized environment, and the additional complexity involved there can present some challenging performance...