Allen J. Hall

Materials Science & Engineering, Productivity, and Life

Monthly Archives: July 2008

QCad- Build failed, OsX 10.4.7, Fink, QT3Mac and patched

A very quick one for today. I’ve recently attempted a compile of the open-source program QCad (Community Edition). Unfortunately, even with QT3Mac installed (via Fink) and a patch applied, QCAD is still not compiling under 10.4.7.

I was hoping to use it to edit and draw CAD files for the machine-shop. I may have to use the 10minute demos of the professional version to get the job done quickly. Sad, as I was really looking forward to a good open-sourced CAD software package. I use it infrequently, and definitely don’t need AutoCad.

Here’s the error I recently received. [Will edit this post with more info as I get it...]
main.cpp: In function `int main(int, char**)':
main.cpp:233: error: parse error before `(' token
make[1]: *** [obj/main.o] Error 1
make: *** [qcad] Error 2
Building qcad binary failed

Data Visualization Meets Music Video…

One of the things that makes a Scientist good at what he does (and sometimes gets him serious accolades) is effective communication and visualization of his data, results, and concepts. This is helpful for everyone from the business researcher to the teaching professor (to the graduate-student).

Color: Surface Potential, Height: Z-height (AFM)

(You’ll never guess where this discussion is going, so click on through to read more and be surprised…)
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Some thoughts on Productivity: my history and interests…

I find myself in the strange position of starting a new blog on a new site.  More professionally focused, less fluff if possible, to the point, more easily read; all these things come to mind when I think about what I’m wanting to do here.  Ultimately, it’s all about content and helping others with similar interests find possible solutions to what they are working through.  Having already discussed many items regarding productivity in the past, I’m finding I may be covering old ground anew.  But, I finally have a home here, and so I have to sweep away the cobwebs, polish the floor, find my furniture, and get things started.  This, an opportunity to start fresh, and tell you my thoughts on productivity approaches, and what has worked for me, and how I (like everyone) struggle with various aspects of pushing myself to success. (Read about the two books that have influenced my thoughts on productivity the most after the jump…)
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A Quick Introduction...

I'm a graduate student (PhD Candidate) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I've studied and researched in two fields of Materials Science and Engineering (Polymers and Semiconductors). My interests are as diverse as my musical tastes and I usually have my hand in some crazy project during my free time.

I'm available for consulting and have access to a world-renown materials research user-facility supported by the D.O.E. If you would like to know more, please contact me.

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