and from the curmudgeon, I would point out that "all the profits" is way
you have not said which part of the market is losing profits.
and you neglect to compare large v.s. small companies and the associated
economies of scale.
therefore, the diversity of comments you observe should have been expected.
from a group which under compensates for a it's superiority complex(s),
jointly and severally.
( me too - on a good day )
I know that there were many of you that have been posting to this newsgroup
for years, so I expected to get some lopsided feedback, simply because some
of you are the "high end" users who have been using CAD for many years, both
2D and 3D. Some of you, I really respect and know you are much better than I
am when using CAD. This note is mainly for those who have tunnel vision and
don't understand most countries in this world are dirt poor. There is a lot
of difference between $1 and $5, much less $800 and $3000.
Cliff, you throw the word "stupid" or "stupidly" around with little regard.
We all started out as novices, including you, and made our share of mistakes
and budget over runs during our learning process. However, you are the first
person that I have seen who uses an "Ecthsketch" to do his 3D work. This
must make a big impression on the folks at General Dynamics and GM. Is the
cat shown on your Pentium "Ecthsketch" a part of the power train you
proposed for the "Oscar Austin"? You must have needed quite a few of them to
make the "Oscar Austin" heel to port around the "Doubling Point Light? How
many horsepower, or should I say "catpower", did you assure them that each
one of these power units would produce? Would these units run "in line" on a
rolling stationary track, chasing a mouse, while the track turns a
transmission that turns a prop? Or did you proposal to harness the power
units up in tandem and then tie them together in line, thus doubling of the
horse power from the track to the transmission? Did you give them all the
sectional views required, using your "Ecthsketch"? Anyway, it's a nice
I admit I like the incredible strides and cost decreases that have been made
in computer hardware. The $150,000 per seat you quoted was quite steep,
although I saw an "Ecthsketch" bring in a couple of hundred dollars on the
"Antiques Road Show" on television not too long ago. The drop in cost for
all the hardware nowadays is really quite refreshing. Changing from a
Pentium I to a Pentium IV was really pleasant. Adding an extra 1 gigabyte of
Ram for $75, or changing from a 15"CRT monitor to a 21" LCD unit and things
we take for granted now. Not to mention cable or DSL internet service needed
to move the monster 3D files you generate around the country.
I still have to admit that I don't like the costs of program upgrades that
give me very few improvements in utility, except a change in the software
companies drawing formats and interfaces that time and money to buy and then
have to train all the staff, novices as well as the seasoned user, how to
use the new crap.
It's a grand new world we live in Cliff! How did they ever build the Golden
Gate Bridge, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings or the Taj Mahal
without CAD and your 3D model(s)? Maybe that's why GM is rolling in the
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