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Looking at software design with Visual Paradigm

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Visual Paradigm is a program which can very well change the way you approach software design. Its key goal is to provide an environment which gives you full access to the most commonly used standards in design modelling while also making sure that despite the complexity with some of those models you’ll always have the right tools at your fingertips.

Now, I need to get one thing out of the way: I am probably biased. I’ve been using Visual Paradigm for over 8 years now and I still seriously like this software.

But then again, I’ve also been using some design models, like UML, for a long time as well and I also continue to appreciate what those have to offer. So… Time to do a review on a software product which has seriously changed the way I approach software developing.

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April 22, 2017 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber, Visual Paradigm | , , , , | Comments Off on Looking at software design with Visual Paradigm

Drupal: where people fail to understand the basics of freedom & tolerance.

Drupal is an open source content management system which allows you to build websites. There’s also a community involved around it which is said to be open to everyone; you’re more than welcome to participate and help out to make Drupal even better than it was before.

… unless you happen to be into certain sexual desires and private fantasies which might not be publically understood or accepted, in this case specifically referring to SM and/or BDSM.

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March 30, 2017 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Drupal: where people fail to understand the basics of freedom & tolerance.

5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

Open Source Software (“OSS”) has drastically changed the way we work within the world of IT, or ICT as is the ‘modern’ phrase. And don’t get my article in the wrong way: OSS is a very important phenomenon and one which opens up possibilities which would otherwise have been fully out of reach. Take this blog: WordPress is basically an open source product, I’m convinced that the website itself is hosted using Apache; an open source webserver, the product is written in PHP which is an open source scripting language and I wrote most of this post offline using Open Live Writer. An, you guessed it, open source Windows application (based on Microsoft’s now abandoned Live Writer).

But unfortunately, as with all good things, there are plenty of people who claim that Open Source is totally flawless and something we desperately need all the time. Yet that is not always the case. So here are 5 cases where OSS went wrong…

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November 30, 2016 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

5 reasons why I favor Daz3D software

When it comes to “computer art”, so basically the audio & video capabilities of a regular personal computer, then things sure have come a long way. Personally I think that things have gone further on the audio field than video, but even so the video capabilities of modern PC’s are amazing, especially in comparison to those around the 80’s and 90’s.

I consider myself a semi-professional when it comes to digital audio and a hobbyist within the field of 3D modeling and rendering. The first time I came into contact with 3D was during the early days of POV-Ray (ray tracer) which sounded amazing to me; the ability to create a virtual 3D world which the computer could fully calculate and set up to make things look as realistic as possible. As mentioned earlier I think that when it comes to realism then digital audio has come much closer than video (just think about the acceptance of CD’s and MP3 players) but even so… There are also some impressive developments on the 3D field.

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August 9, 2016 Posted by | TechBlabber | , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 reasons why I favor Daz3D software

5 programs with an under appreciated interface

CLI vs. GUI

In the early days of the computer everything was done using a command line, also known as a Command Line Interface (CLI). The concept is simple: you type a command followed by carriage return (“enter”) and the computer ‘does’ something in response.

As development progressed computers became more capable of handling graphics and that eventually resulted in the ability to do most of our work on a computer in a graphical environment, also known as the Graphical User Interface (GUI). And just like the CLI the concept is simple, it usually evolves around pointing and clicking with a mouse. And, if you’re writing an article like this, with plenty of typing as well.

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June 13, 2016 Posted by | TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 programs with an under appreciated interface

TechBlabber is here…

Welcome!

This is my TechBlabber blog where I plan to spout comments on technical issues; stuff which interests me and where I’d like to comment on. That’s what you’ll be able to find here.

At the moment there’s not much to see but that will change over time. I hope you guys will enjoy.

June 15, 2012 Posted by | TechBlabber | , , | Comments Off on TechBlabber is here…