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Five Reasons to Use SolidWorks PDM in the Cloud

Tired of dealing with in-house PDM issues, unreliable VPN connections, and struggling with remote file access? Perhaps you're looking for a solution that addresses your company's specific needs. Look no further: SPK and Associates SolidWorks PDM in the Cloud presents...

How to Increase Uptime of Your Engineering Systems

Picture this: all your engineering applications run slow, or worse, continue to shut down. Yet, the IT team reports no alerts within the remote monitoring and management systems despite the problem.  What is the root cause and how do you fix it?  Remote Monitoring and...
WinDirStat and Windows File Management

WinDirStat and Windows File Management

This week we want to cover a utility that allows users to manage the buildup of files that eat up space on your storage device. We are speaking about WinDirStat, which is a tool that presents a graphical view of your entire storage drive (or from a folder level)....

Executives, Can you Afford to Stay on a Windows PC?

Executives, Can you Afford to Stay on a Windows PC?

As the CEO of a technology services company, my personal computing necessities are actually quite simple. I've got to have easy, reliable access to the Internet, the basic Microsoft suite of tools, and I need synchronized email with Gmail, my computer and my mobile...

How To Use ClearCase clearfsimport and Avoid Pitfalls

How To Use ClearCase clearfsimport and Avoid Pitfalls

This week we will change things up a bit and have a look at an IBM/Rational ClearCase utility used for importing files into ClearCase source control. The utility command, clearfsimport, can be used to import any sort of file from a variety of other source control...

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

One of the powerful features of a full enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system is being able to post process content uploaded to it. For example, adding a watermark, or changing a revision of a document automatically. The idea behind Solidworks Workgroup...

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

This seems to be the age of “Big Data”. Every sector seems to have a need for it -- from biotechs doing genome sequencing, to financial providers mining market data. For many, the ability to store massive amounts of structured or unstructured data is the key to...

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Have you ever sent out an email with a bunch of important questions and received a reply that began with "my answers are in blue".  Have you then found yourself combing through your large email searching for those answers only to discover that your email provider...

Configuring a Build Job Using Hudson

Configuring a Build Job Using Hudson

Last time we had a look at how to acquire and install Hudson, a continuous build and integration system beneficial to software engineering. This week we take a look at how to create and run a job using Hudson, and then look at the job output. Hudson can run a wide...

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: People

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: People

There are things in every system that if they fail will cause the entire system to be crippled. These single points of failure can be hardware based, software based or even people based. If a problem occurs in these sensitive areas then an entire business can grind to...