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3D Systems to acquire Cimatron for $97 million

November 25th 2014

3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of CAM software developer Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) in a deal valued at approximately $97 million. 3D Systems has been on an aggressive acquisition path for the past few years, in an effort to create a full-service 3D printing software and hardware business. Read more on the acquisition on GraphicSpeak.

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From sharing to virtualizing in just under 60 years

Techwatch November 12th 2014

A technology whose time has come, has been with us for a long time  With its introduction in the 1960s and emergence as the prominent model of computing in the 1970s, time-sharing represented a major technological shift in the history of computing—many users being able to share one computer. The sharing was done on a time-sharing basis called a slice. Later developments modified that approach to load bearing and priority interrupts, but the basic concept of sharing a single resource was unchanged. (The concept was first described publicly in early 1957 by Bob Bemer (CHK) as part of an …

Five years: yet another long strange trip …

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Systems thinking and the individual

Companies and users are not on the same page Recently, I wrote an article in CGW about Adobe’s march to subscription and a long time Adobe customer sent a simple terse comment: ain’t ever going to subscribe, ever, she said. She, like so many people, hates the idea of …Click here to read this blog entry

Seeing more

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It’s never business as usual in the film industry

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Tempests in tea pots, real time

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