I got myself a refurbished Dell T7610 beast with Win 7 Pro, loaded Solidworks and HSMWorks onto it and yanked the internet umbilicus.
No more upgrades no more shit that stops working when Microcrap does an "update", no viruses, no spy ware, no data mining, no cloud computing and NO MORE MAINTENANCE.
Keith is laughing at me; he prefers to be current on everything and doesn't mind spending time and money to do so...I'm a Luddite old fart that hates when shit just stops working and I have to fuck around with it to fix it, especially when I'm in a hurry (which is always).
I hate it even worse when I have no frickin' idea how to fix it (which is almost always)
I don't give a crap about upgrades and having the most current version; I picked a nice stable combination I know runs smoothly and I froze the little bastard in time forevermore.
I had to upgrade my Solidworks license to a network license for an extra two grand so I could get a Home Use License to put on the CAD CAM box (which DOES live at home where I prefer to do my design work).
The Dell box cost me $1300.00 USD.
HSMWorks allows you to run a home copy on your single seat (I have a perpetual license) so I can program at home and dump the results into Dropbox with a thumb drive .
So this is the plan:
I keep the Solidworks license current and download a current version onto my utility box that's still on the net whenever a new version comes out.
I do that so I can still work fluently with customer files.
When I'm ready to program I make a STEP file and bring that into the CADCAM box, then turn it back into a dumb Sworks file of the version I'm running on the CADCAM box (SW2015)
I walk away from upgrading and maintaining my HSMWorks license after the end of 2018.
I clone the hard drive now that I have it up and running nicely so I have a fallback position if my hard drive ever takes a dump.
I do all my file management on the utility box that's been cloned too, so I can go back to a decently clean version whenever the utility box starts to bloat and have a backup SW/HSM combo there too if that drive shits the bed.
My CADCAM box stays pristine.
I transfer virus scanned files to and from the CADCAM box using a thumb drive...no network, no server; technologically right back in the stone age where I LIKE it!!
We'll see how it goes for me...I of course, expect all my computer related problems to just magically GO AWAY now.
Will I be laughing or will Keith be laughing...I'd love to hear all opinions and don't be shy about snarky criticisms...I can take it!
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This is an hilarious post! Good luck with that! I feel where you're coming from but I don't think it's going to work. Too many things can still go wrong. Besides that ... what are you going to bitch about now?!