I had a long chat with Jon Pickup last night re sharing with Evernote, now I use this smart program all the time to pickup notes and articles for this blog, and I shar it with my iPad to review and collect my thoughts, but Jon has suddenly caught on to the idea of sharing notes using the very excellent share option in Evernote to share a note files not just internaly to my own devices, but to another person,
Currently I am collecting notes for an article I am preparing re permafrost and construction, I have at last count got 8 notes and Jon could see all of these without a problem, why get so excited about this, well the only other way I can share like this is with Dropbox, but I have to print and do all sorts of things, Evernote, collects all the above plus more, adds tags, url the works, from a plugin button on safari, so I want to stay with evernote. Now Jon and I can share note files with ease. The benefit to any practice is huge, just think of the time that can be saved by just linking team members on a project to a set of evernote files with a collection of notes on design, detailing and materials.
I rather like some of them, in particular the timber beam calculater.but it shows the interest being shonwn by developers to produce good looking apps, a lot well under £3. I don’t use android, so if anyone wants to let me know if they have downloaded any of these please, please drop me a line.
I’m putting this down to about 1/2 hour of general CPD looking to keep up with technology, and perhaps improve my mobile platform, although currently the iPad is more than a match.
Whats this you say, well I’m back from my trip to the very north of Norway, lots to tell and lots to show, I will dribble some choice shots onto the flickr site and as I get time I’ll tell of some construction I saw. the basic question is, how do you design for temperatures that get so low, and also the permafrost, that layer of frozen ground that remain just under the surface. I did a lot of work on this subject whilst I was tech manager in Dow, so more of this later.
Plus the midnight sun, I kid you not, I stayed up and was sun bathing at about 2 am at a latitude of aprox 71:10:20 the sun just dones not set in the summer. OK I had by that stage several glasses of wine, but what the heck, I did not have to drive anywhere the next day !
I am a news hound,I like to read all I can about the world, so I have several news feeds bringing in loads of up to date articles, I quite like Zite, and I rely heavily on Google reader, and flipboard is also a cool app. but this article on Mashable has a list of excellent sites and programs that just might help your news gathering and reading list for your CPD.
You will know of my involvement with Apple, from my new Macbook Pro to my iPad to my iPhone, so when I get to see a new site set up that offers good and interesting comments on the way the iPad is used, then I’m there testing it out and listening to some very cool Video’s. So head over to Appminute.com to see Sam Levin and his videos. Again, is this CPD, well yes, I rely on my iPad to read and use my CPD research, check the regs and mail, plus so much more.
Whilst I was researching the oval Sewer blog, I came across the Engineering Toolbox, web site, its a useful link full of great report and information links. Look on the left hand side and follow the links.
I use Google translate quite often, its translation, so I’m told is fairly accurate, I can see that when I translate other languages into English. On the main webpage via my macbook pro there is a neat little listen button that speaks the actual words, but on the iPad its missing, but the translate is excellent, try it, I will be in Norway soon, and plan to use it if I can, a sort of fiekd test, live in front of a shop keeper ! I only wish it would save it, but hey I can’t have everything.
It’s not Architecture, and its not construction, but its interesting how you can make such perfect patterns with only the body for a compas, I tried this and even with my imperfect body, I managed some resemblance of a pattern.
I used to use Spreadsheets a lot, I ran a small sales team for a few years and collected sales data like crazy, but these days I tend to use the spreadsheets within Vectorworks, but sometimes its easier to use Google Doc‘s, so I have a few nice little tables I use for say pipe inverts and the like, I want separate from Vectorworks,
So I tend to look at Google Docs and their spreadsheet as a a simple version of the Microsoft version, although I remember using the very first spreadsheet on my first Apple,, I can’t remember the guys who first programed a spreadsheet, but what a gift to humanity. Still I digress, what this post is about is Pivot tables, because if you have a large list of info, pivot table are very useful, and Google do’s now has Pivot table, this is just another nail in the Microsoft coffin. The video below says it all realy, and passing a link to the file is soooooooo much easier than passing the file about and having to update every one !.
Want an rather unique site for ideas and article that stimulate the mind, try Brain Pickings, it has articles that are not on the normal path, they are certainly different, but best of all, they have a weekly mail list sent out on a Friday, and I rather look forward to it, for the unusual article and stories. Try it out for your self, it offers a more unusual link on your CPD list.