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KC Test Ring

Exercising my abilities and equipment trying to produce cast silver jewelry using CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, and investment silver casting. The ring is my test piece and the photo is a CAD rendering. I hope the finished ring looks as good. 
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Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

Running Blognasium with SSL may seem a bit overkill. There seems to be nothing here that needs that kind of security. That's a fair assumption. Blognasium is installed on AWS servers in the cloud. It has its very own (simulated) server and in effect runs all it own support programs like Apache and shares it with no other website. So, Blognasium alo...
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Responsive Websites

The various size devices now in use for browsing the internet present a challenge for web-site design. Site owners want to have their presentation look good however the observer views it. This requires designs that are flexible and can change the display between standard computer screen, small screen tablet, and cell phone screens. The websites I h...
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A Sense of Art

I think about art. I do that. Both thinking and doing. Art is everywhere and in everything. Art is not a single discipline. I can't write a simple definition. For thousands of human years, others have tried. The meaning is in the eye of the beholder in a certain time and place. Art is a circumstance and an emotion. Art is an expression. I am not an...
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CoolPix

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I re-discovered one of my cameras. I received a Nikon CoolPix S4300 at some kind of gift exchange at Schneider (my old workplace). I think it was some sort of conference meeting incentive raffle. I don't think it was a holiday gift exchange. In any case I received the Nikon. It is one of those very subcompact ones about the size of a deck of cards....
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Snap Decision

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I rescued Blognasium from oblivion. At least for a little while. It's one great feature is unlimited storage space in the Amazon cloud. Perfect for saving a large volume of hi-resolution photographs. The display of those photographs here can be nicely presented. They can be placed in simple galleries, in a type of bulk presentation. They can be use...
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3D Printer Blog Posts Moved

I have a website dedicated to 3D printing. Located here: http://rd3dpds.com . I created a new blog inside that website so I moved all the blog entries pertaining to 3D printing to that location. Same blog software and format as this blog. It's a better location than here in Blognasium. I'll leave the CAD and drawing posts here...
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Double Duty

This is the same blog software I use for the blog in RD's workshop . I's a purchased program but I am permitted to install as many times as I desire. This is the newest version. I have been using it (earlier versions) for at least five years, maybe longer. Very good blog software and works within the Joomla CMS structure. In this location It is open for anyone to register and start their own blog. Probably not going to happen anytime soon. I realize Bognasium is rather obscure. Doesn't bother me, but I would like to eventually see other users get involved. I bought it for the RD Workshop and this is a free secondary use of the software. The same goes for the discussion area. I am evaluating that for use with my eCommerce sites. It is a good system to communicate with my customers. I use one-on-one...
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Security

One of the big issues faced on the Internet is security. There are many variations of privacy invasion. Most actions are invisible and the only evidence is after it happens. So the defense has to be pro-active. Passwords are the first line of defense. The hacker assumes the identity of the victim using stolen (acquired) or guessed passwords. Then has full access, the same as the victim. Unless the hacker is at the computer or has installed software on your computer to monitor your keystrokes, he would have to be monitoring somewhere in the middle of the communications route. Since a path may use dozens of computer links, the hacker can be the owner of any one of them. This is called “The man in the middle” hacking. The defense for that is to use encryption to encode all transmissions. This is what HTTPS does. Here at Blognasium, we have...
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Drawing in Three Dimensions

My creative interest is with three-dimensional art, turned into three-dimensional tangible items. This includes my lost wax silver casting (jewelry) using CNC for wax carving, decorative dimensional wood carving using a CNC overhead router, and three-dimensional printing (another CNC process) using the fused filament process. These require the use of a computer to develop the three-dimensional image. The image is then used to produce the computer code that drives the CNC machines. Initial hand sketches establish the general idea but the most effort goes into the detailed drawings made on the computer. The art for CNC is all digital. I have several programs I use to create the drawings. Rhinoceros / RhinoCAM is a powerful drawing, drafting and CNC tool I have used for many years. My second strong resource is Vectric Aspire . Recently I have been experimenting with Autodesk FUSION 360 . Fusion 360 is free for non-commercial...
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