I'm retired so I spend money only when necessary, but I just upgraded to v5.  It took a few months, but I concluded that it was a necessity.  In 1968 I was at GE programming an IBM 7090 in Fortran to design the antenna for the Pioneer spacecraft to Jupiter.  The computer was the size of my current house and had a whopping 32 Kb of core memory.  WOW!   That was a really big machine back then - it would be another two years before HP would come out with the first 4 function calculator WITH A SQUARE ROOT FUNCTION!!! - for about $1000.  What would that be in today's devalued dollar?

My current computer is a Dell XPS 8500 with 4 Gb of memory running Win 7 Pro.  I designed stuff to go to Jupiter with a 32 Kb (and that was an octal, not hexidecimal) machine and could not imagine that my current computer could not handle a model station for my railroad.  Hoping Rhino 5 and another 16 Gb of RAM will do the job.

One thing I noticed with the demo program is that v5 is a whole lot faster than v4.  A join that would take 3 to 4 minutes in v4 is done in 4 - 5 seconds in v5.  That alone makes it worth the upgrade...

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Comment by Earl T. Hackett, Jr. on May 1, 2015 at 12:37pm

That's Quartet, a cutter rigged Roberts Offshore 38 that I built.  She has an Airex cored hull and a segmented balsa cored deck with hardpoints for all the fittings.  I built her for blue water sailing, but I could never get my wife comfortable with being out of sight of land.  So much for retirement in the Med or South Pacific.  We sailed her for 25 years on the Chesapeake, but having seen all there is on the bay, we sold her to a guy in Maine a few years ago.


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