Need more time? Here you are! How to optimize all 24 hours a day

The summer is over and the vacation now lives in the past. So welcome the season of full to-do lists, delayed tasks and so much more responsibilities at work, school and home. Do you have enough time to do everything you want to? Do you feel being busy all day without satisfying results? And why there are people able to fit so much more into the same time-space?

This 5-minute read will give some proven tips on how to manage your time and to feel content at the end of the day.


Rule Number 1: Prioritize Goals

Setting goals will help you determine how much time should be focused on a specific task. Setting unrealistic goals will lead to demotivation. Therefore, it’s crucial to set realistic and achievable goals. Set goals that are clear, particular and measurable. They should matter to you and also align with bigger overall goals in the long run. Moreover, remember to set deadlines too. This will help you to focus on the important tasks and not let you be overwhelmed by urgent everyday tasks.


Rule Number 2: Say No

Learn to say No and don’t take decisions on the rush. Choose wisely which task or meeting is really important and useful for you. When you say Yes to something you don’t like, you say No to yourself, to a better offer, to your time, to your dream achievement. So take conscious decisions and learn to control your impulses and actions.

Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Use the 80/20 rule to your advantage. The rule says that 20% of the causes gives 80% of the effects. So always spend your attention on the top 20% things which give the most profits.


Rule Number 3: Recharge

Start every morning taking time only for you – 5 to 10 min exercise, a cup of coffee, a walk with the dog. Try to be alone without distractions and you will feel that you have time. Sleep is also a very important part of our life. Our mind needs time to restart and to recover its full capacity. Different people need different sleep time so know what is your optimal one for physical or mental recovery. And remember to take regular breaks so your mind gets clear and it will reward you with more focus, efficiency, and productivity.


Rule Number 4: Be Smart

Don’t be afraid to use technologies, if you use them properly they really save time. You can write an email for 30 seconds instead make a phone call for 5 minutes. It saves you time and energy. Online bank accounting, online hotel booking, online shopping, car navigation… there are so many web applications for time-saving. But only if you are smart. Because there’s always a risk to get consumed by modern technology, to get addicted and distracted. So turn off your phone to stay focused when you need to, stop checking e-mail every 2 minutes and keep yourself away from drowning into the social media.


Rule Number 5: Manage Your Energy

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. So avoid draining your energy at the start. The most successful people are those who seem to be having an unlimited supply of energy the whole day. And in spite of a heavy work schedule, they yet manage to have a social and personal life also. Time management saves a small amount of time, but energy management gives you much bigger results. Here are some tips about how to spend quality time and have more emotional, motivational, physical and intellectual energy:

  • Monitor your high energy times, understand when you are more productive and use these hours to work.
  • Schedule time for the activities you love like football, reading, dancing, cinema. Your favorite activities energize you and make you feel refreshed and full of energy.
  • Reward yourself for every step. “Can I have your attention for 5 minutes only? – said the Motivation”. And it’s true, we need to keep up motivation regularly. When you are working on a big project it is easy to lose motivation. So break the big project down into mini-projects and celebrate achievements on every step.

Sometimes the problem is not that we don’t have time, but that we are wasting it for things that are not important and don’t give us anything – on pointless social channels, empty talks, and even too much thinking without the result. Here is an inspiring TED talk “How to multiply your time” by Rory Vaden with very useful advises how to create more time in the future.

It sounds like science fiction, but it really works, and it’s very simple. Just give yourself emotional permission to spend time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow. So follow the steps and enjoy a life with more space and freedom.

I Come from 3ds Max, How do I Survive SketchUp?

Good question, my friend. And it is one asked often, even not always verbally, but we see it in the eyes of many faced with the challenge of switching from 3ds Max to SketchUp. There are many reasons for this switch. However, let’s focus on today’s discussion. 

Here, we will talk about what you can do, as a 3ds Max user, to make SketchUp more suitable for your needs and the workflow you are used to. 

Many 3d artists and visualizers with previous experience in other software come to SketchUp skeptical and unwilling to adapt. Although a misguided assumption, there is a serious belief in the industry that SketchUp is not as powerful or as versatile as 3ds Max for architectural visualization. Although in some cases this is the truth, many projects and visualizations can be done with ease and sleight of hand in SketchUp, sometimes even faster than the original platform used. Don’t get me wrong, everybody has his own way of working and there is nothing wrong if the results are good quality ones. But in 3D, like in real life, sometimes we are faced with a new platform and we should do the best we can with what we have. 

I also come from 3ds Max. I get your point, I understand you. That’s why I’ll present a few ideas and workflow tips on how to use SketchUp to its best ability from the perspective of a native 3ds Max user. And let me put a disclaimer here – all software is good if it gets the job done. These are personal tips that I came across from years of mixed pipelines, various artists and different projects happening on diverse platforms.

First things first…

Forget about poly flow. Or at least the way you are used to it. In the website Quora John Bacus (, one of the people behind the design of SketchUp, he describes the software’s modeling as “a polygon mesh modeler, using a winged-edge data model”. So there is the concept for a polygon in SketchUp, but it is definitely not the one you are used to as a 3ds Max user. There are no vertices and there is no need to add a couple of edges to extrude something. It is okay to just extrude. Really. It is. 


Second. A sphere is not a base SketchUp model. In fact, it is in a way complex next level model that you need to work for. Don’t go looking for it. The closer you will get to a sphere with a few clicks is a cylinder. Get over it. There are ways to do a sphere, so life will not be sphereless. 

Now, it is time to dive into SketchUp and see what we are presented with.

No matter the scale you chose, there will always be a character greeting you in the viewport. That is a Trimble inside joke and it is always somebody who works in the company. It’s a funny joke, and I’m sure that the person is flattered but after some time this puppet can become more annoying than anything. Especially if you plan on rendering at some point and are using V-Ray for that, the colors of the puppet will be read as V-Ray Materials filling your Asset editor with more unneeded info. This is because Marc (SketchUp 2019) is a component and a component is quite a big deal in SketchUp. I’ll go over that in a moment, but for now, I suggest you save a preset where this component is just missing.

And now when you open your preset it will be nice and clean. Sorry, Marc and everybody who came before and after you, it is not personal. We appreciate your presence anyway!

Next comes next.

Components. And groups. And layers. And the Outliner. And how SketchUp manages geometry.

Groups and components are part of the founding fathers of SketchUp. Without using them, the chances are you’ll end up in deep dark forest far away or worst – will have a really hard time editing anything that you have modeled. Since most pieces of geometry become one just by touching in SketchUp, by adding groups you put some boundaries between them. In other words – group every piece of geometry that you consider a whole element. Then come components. Imagine them as… instances may be. They are geometry groups which are linked together and if you change one you change all of them. Although, they cal also store materials, be written on the hard drive and easily imported in any new scene you have. I recommend these videos for understanding a bit more:

Layers work pretty similarly to any software with layers, with the only set back being that if you want to move something to a layer you have to individually place it in it. The Outliner is quite an advantage for the newer versions of SketchUp as it resembles even Autodesk Maya’s Outliner. Or, said in 3ds Max terms – the Scene Explorer. This is basic geometry management in your new best friend. 

You have the basics. Now, fill up with patience and let’s explore a few major tips that will save your nervous system from any unnecessary damage.

Shortcuts. Besides the basics that Google’s 1st page will provide.

A major one that most SketchUp users miss and it is quite native to 3ds Max is zoom to selection. There is a right mouse click menu option, but since 3ds Max offers the “z” key for that, it is a great idea to add it to SketchUp as well. You can add a shortcut from Window / Preferences / Shortcuts, but in order to have the option to add a Zoom to selection one, be sure to have something in the scene clicked on. Otherwise, it will not show as a possible shortcut function.

Another useful one is the fact that if you extrude a face inside SketchUp (shortcut is P) it will NOT create an additional edge. If you want that edge (as we said in the beginning, it is not necessary for SketchUp) you just need to press Ctrl while extruding and you get your edge.

And hey, you’ve noticed – there is no gizmo. No pivot you might call it. The main issue with that is how hard it can be to move only in a specific axis. This is achieved by a shortcut as well. After selection the object (group, face, edge, etc – works for anything) and starting to move it (shortcut is M) just press the arrow on your keyboard. Up is for the blue axis, Left is green and Right is red. Then, you are moving only in that direction. 

This also works when adding a loop on an already created piece of geometry, although that might be a bit more complex as there is no Swift Loop option. You need to select only the edges of the end face and move and copy them on the inside. This will create the extra loop in a way.


And speaking of moving and copying, nope, it is not Drag + Shift. It is Move + Ctrl. Of course, Ctrl + c; Ctrl + V work, and there is also the lovely option (which I hear AutoCAD users are familiar with) called Paste in Place. The best news here: works between different opened SketchUps as well.

And if you want to bevel an edge, just use Follow me…

Plugins, or in SketchUp terms – Extensions

After we have set our shortcuts, one of SketchUp’s major capabilities is the Extensions Warehouse. Imagine it as all plugins available for SketchUp situated in one place, available from the native interface. And even better – many of them are free. Thanks to those extensions SketchUp can really live to a great potential. Without extensions… well, I have tried it, and I would say I don’t recommend this approach. And again, many are free and work really well.

A few notable ones for dear old 3ds Max users:

Select’n’Isolate – – 3ds Max equivalent: Alt + Q, or Isolate selection

SUbD – – 3ds Max equivalent: Turbo Smooth Skimp – – Importing any universal 3d geometry like obj and fbx

There are many additional ones we can talk about and in the future, but let’s not get overwhelmed. I encourage you to go and browse yourself. And if you find some interesting, feel free to share in the comments! 

And… the cherry on top.

SketchUp has a library of many many models. It’s a part of the interface. Moreover, totally free.

The library is called 3D Warehouse and it is your new best best best friend. Have in mind that some 3ds Max users, even presented with wonderful sites like Evermotion and Turbo Squid still download models from the SketchUp Warehouse because it is convenient. So, enjoy. Here are the basics:

From then on, you should arm yourself with a lot of patience and most importantly – be positive and inspired to try new stuff. SketchUp is a very powerful software bringing 3D to many different people. It is great for beginners but can speed up and ease the workflow of seasoned professionals as well. It can be fun, very productive and especially easy for making corrections and managing different stages of a model. 

So, it is awesome. Have fun.

The Productivity Tips No One Told You About. How to do more with less

24 hours a day! That’s what we all have!
However, different people have different productivity level. The saddest thing is that the most effective coworkers often are “rewarded” with more and more task because… well, they can do it. Life isn’t fair. But is there anything other people can do to take their share of the duty. There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done. Let’s take a look at some tips for an easy-breezy working day.

One meeting a day

For most people, work meetings are simply a waste of time. Even the necessary ones break your flow and eat both of your time and productivity. Therefore, if you do run a meeting, keep it short and to the point. The ultra-successful people value their time because it is one of the few things money can’t buy. The meeting of the day is the most important thing for them so the whole attention is committed to the person on the other side. And this one meeting really matters. If you have a full schedule for weeks ahead it doesn’t mean you are a hard worker. It means you cannot properly manage your time at work.
There is an interesting story about a meeting between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. When one of the most successful investors of all time has shown his calendar to Gates, there was nothing on it.

“You know, I had every minute packed and I thought that was the only way you could do things,” says Gates.

„But Buffett taught me the importance of giving yourself time to think. To dream really big. You control your time. It’s not a proxy of your seriousness that you fill every minute in your schedule.”
So take a deep breath and clean your calendar. Start to prioritize your daily tasks and think about which meetings are really important, which tasks are most urgent, which problems you can solve by yourself. Then think again and choose the most valuable meeting from all that are waiting.

What you can do today?

  • prioritize your daily tasks
  • keep meetings short and to the point
  • schedule time in your calendar to think and dream big


Simply Simplify

Multitasking is never the right answer when you have a To-Do list because the human brain cannot fully focus. When people attempt to complete many tasks at one time, “or shift rapidly between them, errors go way up, and it takes far longer—often double the time or more—to get the job done than if they were done sequentially,” states David E. Meyer, Ph. D. from the University of Michigan. This is mainly because the brain is compelled to restart and refocus. With each switch, the brain makes no progress whatsoever. Therefore, multitasking people not only perform any task less well but lose time in the process.
So less is more. If you simplify your to-do list, your wardrobe, even your daily meals, you will have more time to focus on the important things. And accomplish one single task at a time. Set the timer for 20 minutes! Ever wondered why TED Talks are 18 minutes? This is how long you can concentrate on a task before losing focus. You will be more productive, successful and feel fulfilled.

What you can do today?

  • stop multitasking
  • stay focus on one task for 15 minutes
  • set you free from unnecessary stuff

Eat The Frog And Beat The Clock

As Mark Twain once said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
The first thing you should do at work is to get your to-do list and finish the most unpleasant task of the day. Always. Once you get started, you’ll quickly find your flow and get that task out of the way. Whether it is the phone call with a grumpy customer or the meeting with the boss, the boring accounting report or the unpleasant talk with a colleague. This is the task you should check out first. Either the problem will be solved or you’ll see that the situation is not as horrible as you thought. And when that one task is done, the rest of the day will be an easier ride and you will get both momentum and a sense of accomplishment at the beginning of your day.
For many people, the art of delay is the reason for a high level of stress and low productivity. And instead of finishing with the job right away they check the inbox again and again, or make unnecessary phone calls or even watch something on the net, delaying the task that should be done. But the brain remembers uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks. And a lot of resources and energy is lost by procrastinating. So stop wasting your time, focus on a particular task and eat the frog.

What you can do today?

  • do the dirty job first
  • complete that task and forget it
  • stop delaying


Kaizen, One-minute Principle

In Japanese culture, there exists the practice of Kaizen, which includes the idea of the ’one-minute principle’ for self-improvement. The word means Kai (change) and Zen (wisdom). At the heart of this method is the idea that a person should practice doing something for a single minute, every day at the same time. Clearly, it shouldn’t be any trouble for absolutely anyone to carry out a given task for such a small amount of time. We used to find excuses not to do something and carrying it out for half an hour or an hour a day, but it’s much easier to do for just 60 seconds. Kaizen is a philosophy that can lead to success in personal life and in business also. When our time is limited to 1 minute the tasks don’t seem so hard, on the contrary – they bring joy and satisfaction. And with small steps, we improve ourselves and achieve greater results.
If one minute seems not enough, you may follow the 2–Minute Rule from David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done. If you see a task or action that you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately. It works for big goals as well as small goals because of the passivity of life. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. This rule isn’t about the results you achieve, but rather about the process of actually doing the work. The focus is on taking action and letting things flow from there.

What you can do today?

  • start first, then continue
  • practice, practice, practice
  • schedule that one minute

Get a Rest to Do Your Best

Susan Butcher is an American sled-dog racer and trainer who dominated her sport for more than a decade, winning the challenging 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska 4 times. In 1986 Butcher came in first with a record-breaking time of 11 days 15 hours 6 minutes.
Until then the competitors were racing twelve-hour without rest, and slept all night. Or the opposite – racing through the night and resting all day. But Susan changed the strategy. She knew the dogs’ physiology so well and trained them like real athletics: four to six hours of racing and the rest with the same duration.

Many great athletes use this method of training – intense workout followed by the same time-off.

This is the optimum model for the human body to achieve the top of physical potential. Our brain works the same. It needs breaks.
K. Anders Ericsson, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University writes in his book “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” that dramatic improvements are achievable if we apply the principles of deliberate practice. And one of these principles is to take time to recover. Because the full attention, with maximum mental and/or physical effort, can only be sustained for a short period of time. Laboratory studies of extended practice have discovered the GOLDEN RATIO

1 hour per day, 3-5 days a week

and real-life studies have seen reduced benefits when practice sessions exceed two hours. This level of intensity and concentration makes recovery time important.

What you can do today?

  • rotate working and resting cycles
  • take that lunch break
  • split smart workout and recovery time


Do Nothing to Do Something

People often mistake laziness with doing nothing at all. But that’s not true. Actually, lazy people listen to music, read magazines, watch TV, browse the net, shop online… they do so many things to get distracted from the thing they should do. So laziness is in fact useless action. How to get rid of it? Generally, stop doing anything at all. Just sit or stand in the room (don’t lie down to prevent from falling asleep) in the next few minutes you will feel that you can get to work, everything gets clear in your head – what needs to be done right now. And you will start to do it. If you feel lazy again, stop doing anything. Soon you will return to a healthy state of mind.
This method can be applied to any business. Don’t try to convince yourself that you need to work. Forget about controlling your thoughts. On the contrary, let them flow freely in any direction. This will last about 7 minutes and it goes away, often giving you very useful insight.

What you can do today?

  • avoid doing useless actions
  • stop the distractions
  • allow yourself a few empty minutes before every task


Here are some very popular tips for better productivity. We all know them but how many of them we actually do? Let’s check:

  1. Take care of your body – sleep and exercise regularly, drink water and eat healthy food
  2. Stay focused on the task without distraction at least for 15 minutes
  3. Delegate tasks and stop being such a control freak, other people will manage to do it too
  4. Know your limits and say NO to the tasks you don’t want to and no need to do
  5. Stay calm. Our brain gets exhausting not from mental work but from emotions too
  6. Don’t meet or talk to people that waste your time
  7. Use productivity tools to reduce the amount of time you spend in front of a computer
  8. List your results of the day and reward yourself
  9. Select your top priorities. You cannot be perfect in more than 3 areas of life – choose wisely and be happy


Even though if you still can’t stay motivated to do your tasks on time and properly, don’t blame yourself. Maybe the area you work in is not you purpose. Maybe you are in the wrong place and you are just wasting time and energy. If your job doesn’t bring you joy and your heart is heavy every morning on the way to the office try to understand what is the one that inspires you. Remember we spend one-third of our time working, so go for it! Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Twain and Maria Curry definitely wouldn’t be the most successful sales managers in engine oils for Central Europe, right? 😉

No hyper-threading VS hyper-threading. Testing Intel’s Hyper-threading technology when it comes to CPU Rendering with V-Ray Next

Where the Journey Starts

Hey guys, we’ve disabled our hyper-threading!
Although enabling it sounds like more fun, we decided to test how much of a difference it actually makes when it comes to rendering in V-Ray Next. Some people might be quite familiar with Intel’s hyper-threading technology which first launched back in 2002, and on first glance looks like your Intel CPU will do double the work. Or not double? Maybe some of you find this question quite familiar. How much of a speed boost does hyperthreading give when it comes to rendering? That is what we are here to find out when it comes to the world of CPU ray tracing.

The short description of hyperthreading is simple – it is a technology allowing one physical core of your CPU to act as two logical cores and therefore do more work simultaneously.

Imagine you are waiting in line in the supermarket. Only one cash registry is opened, it’s slow, everybody has to wait for the person before them to finish shopping. Ping-ping, they open another cash registry. Now half of the line can go to the other cash registry and maybe it will be twice faster for you. Or maybe not, depends on how many families shopping for the month are there in front of you. So, imagine hyperthreading like that.

The main question we are here to answer is… What is the speed difference when rendering with V-Ray Next on the same CPU with and without hyperthreading.


Setting Up the Picture

Let’s introduce you to our set up. We have the same machines (produced by the super trendy and friendly Bulgarian PC manufacturer Persy Ltd). With the same hardware. We’ve disabled hyperthreading (yes, from the BIOS) on one of them. We’ve installed the same software on both. We use the same scene files. The climate in the room is the same, the machines are just a couple of meters away from each other. Sorry, it’s not in a vacuum.

Now, let’s bring in the competitors:
The Hardware in short:
Intel Core i7-8700 @3.20 GHz, 6 Core, 12 Threads
32GB RAM – DDR4 2400
256GB SSD + 1TB of HDD
Nvidia RTX 2070 – 8GB GDDR6 – because we can 😉



The software:
Windows Pro 10 x64
V-Ray Standalone for x64 core version 4.20.00 from 14.06.2019
V-Ray Next Benchmark, hotfix 3 from 22.05.2019

The scenes used here are just examples of different rendering situations. The render time will always depend on the scene you are rendering.

The first item on our cash registry is the latest official Chaosgroup V-Ray Benchmark. It is a software designed and created to… well, benchmark. So it should be the fairest of them all:






As you can see, we were not lying about disabling our hyperthreading. One of the machines is running on 6 cores, while the other on – on visibly twelve. They are all engaged and all trying to do the work.



Behind the numbers

The score is here, 7 095 vs. 9 168. Yes, the test was done a couple of times just to be sure. The results were 7 095 vs. 9 102; 7 086 vs. 9 168; 7 086 vs. 9159. Very similar indeed.

But what do these numbers mean? The long version you can find on Chaosgroup’s official docs page but the short one is “internal statistics of the calculations per minute” displayed in samples… Which, let’s be honest, are not a real value… but according to Chaosgroup is a linear value, allowing us to compare results.

Since the original configuration of the CPUs we are testing was WITH hyperthreading and turning it off was the modification, let’s take the second score as 100%. So, the result from the V-Ray Benchmark is:
The CPU without hyperthreading worked at around 77% of its original capacity. Or in other words, the HT provides 29% more performance compared to no HT

But this is just one test based on one software. And it is testing software. Let’s compare a few real scenes. All of them were exported before and rendered for this test in V-Ray Standalone so there is no slowing down because of the original 3D platform and exporting geometry.








The render time here is:
No hyper-threading: 0h 16m 41.0s VS. Hyper-threading: 0h 14m 1.2s
Doing the math for you: 1 001 seconds VS. 841.2 seconds resulting in 84% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed or in 19% increase with HT.




The render time here is:
No hyper-threading: 3h 13m 8.8s VS. Hyper-threading: 2h 34m 9.8s
Doing the math for you: 11 588.8 seconds VS. 9 249.8 seconds resulting in 80% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed or in a 25% increase with HT.

These scenes have something in common. They are simple test scenes with V-Ray materials and without any dynamic geometry. Which led to an interesting question. What will happen if we use dynamic geometry (geometry that is not fully visible in the scene but is loaded in render time)?




No hyper-threading: 1h 43m 33.0s VS. Hyper-threading: 1h 26m 51.6s
Doing the math for you: 6 213 seconds VS. 5 211.6 seconds resulting in 84% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed. or in a 19% increase with HT.


Test Time Again

Let’s test the same trees as above, but this time the original tree is exported as proxies and then instanced in the scene in the same way that the original geometry was.




No hyper-threading: 3h 13m 4.1s VS. Hyper-threading: 2h 34m 1.4s
Doing the math for you: 11 584.1 seconds VS. 9 241.4 seconds resulting in 80% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed or in a 25% increase with HT

As you can see, the results not only are almost the same with and without proxies (answering another question) but are the same time difference when comparing between with and without hyperthreading.

The sample scenes showed some numbers… but who in a real pipeline renders sample scenes? May be on Fridays just for fun, but on regular days we render real scenes.




No hyper-threading: 0h 38m 24.3s VS. Hyper-threading: 0h 30m 49.7s
Doing the math for you: 2 304.3 seconds VS. 1 849.7 seconds resulting in 80% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed in a 25% increase with HT.




No hyper-threading: 0h 19m 38.0s VS. Hyper-threading: 0h 15m 59.3s
Doing the math for you: 1 178 seconds VS. 959.3 seconds resulting in 81% of the original (with hyper-threading) speed in a 23% increase with HT.

Okay, so they’ve opened the new check out counter and you can see the results. When it comes to numbers, let’s not repeat the obvious. Let’s try to answer why, keeping in line with our shopping metaphor.
Imagine the cash registry is opened just for the small stuff. It’s one of those “a couple of items or less and none of the items should be a lawnmower” type of a cash registry. The big stuff, your new boat and washer, and dryer still need to be checked by the original processor. So you are still counting on those magical physical processors which we began with and they are still doing the heavy lifting. But the logical cores, the ones provided by hyperthreading are great helpers.

And as it is in life, so it is in rendering – you do you. Pick the hardware you like and is best suited for your individual needs. And have fun.


Some Notes Instead of Goodbye

  1. ALL percentage values are based on the 3 symbols after the decimal point.
  2. We are artists and not mathematicians, so please do make your own checks or double-check our calculation if you want to be extremely precise. We highly encourage you to make your tests and share your results in a comment below.
  3. Spoiler alert – next on the blog list: Cloud vs Workstation 🙂 Stay tuned.