National Packaging Design Day Shortbread

Unsalable and only appreciable by the most hardcore packaging nerds, this is my proudest creation.

PC hardware, computing, and RGB LEDs

  1. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas review @ bit-tech
  2. AMD Athlon 220GE and 240GE review @ Guru3D
  3. AMD R7 2700X Gold Edition overclocking headroom & mini review @ Gamers Nexus
  4. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 review @ HotHardware
  5. Sapphire GearBox Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure review @ KitGuru
  6. Logitech G240 mouse pad review @ TechPowerUp
  7. Shuttle XPC slim DH370 mini-PC review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Facebook's new 'secret crush' feature called creepy, stupid @ Slashdot
  2. Microsoft Solitaire made it into the Hall of Fame @ Quarter To Three
  3. Oculus Rift S review: just another tethered VR headset @ Engadget
  4. Pokémon characters have their own pea-sized region in brain, study finds @ Ars Technica (surprisingly sound study)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Apple is telling lawmakers people will hurt themselves if they try to fix iPhones @ Slashdot
  2. Toolpath painting brings cut that first layer sparkle @ HackADay
  3. Color-tunable LEDs open up possibilities of configurable semiconductors @ HackADay (there's a yo dawg double rainbow RGB joke in here somewhere)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Robot dinosaurs help unlock the evolution of flight @ New Atlas
  2. Boeing believed a 737 Max warning light was standard. It wasn't. @ Slashdot
  3. After Dragon launch, NASA will consider using the same Falcon 9 three times @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, what have you

  1. Wine and cheese is over, here's how to pair beer and cheese @ thrillist.com
  2. World-first breakthrough improves on pasteurization and keeps milk fresh for 90 days @ New Atlas (oh, I hope it's irradiated)
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 months ago

    Barely five months into 2019 and Intel has 4 cancelled or delayed products. One product per month trend?

    1. Neural compute stick
    2. 5G modems
    3. 10nm dream
    4. Larabee/Xeon phail

    [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/14305/intel-xeon-phi-knights-mill-now-eol[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 7 months ago

      Yes, after all these cancellations we’ll go back to earning $16 Million / quarter in profits* just like AMD just did by reviving our 1976 product line! [url<]https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/history/history-1976-annual-report.html[/url<] * If any of you shills actually read that and complain that the quarterly profits aren't $16 million, you're right. Adjusted for inflation they're more than $16 million.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 months ago

        I imagine IBM could have made a similar point about intel back in 1976.

        Maybe in a few years intel will be spinning off their fabs, too, in order to better focus on their comparative advantage in high value thought leadership and deep customer understanding

          • chuckula
          • 7 months ago

          Yeah except that the “plucky upstart” AMD is exactly 1 whole year younger than Intel. If this magical fantasy takeover was going to happen, you think AMD could have done it sometime in the last 50 years or so.

          Hell, for anybody who actually understands the industry, AMD bought out Goliath — ATi — that was run over by the substantially younger and at the time smaller Nvidia. So maybe the real lesson is that AMD was the established complacent company that lost it.

          And did you hear about Threadripper 3?

            • blastdoor
            • 7 months ago

            And this logic explains why Apple, founded in the 1970s, had zero chance of making a turnaround after it nearly went bankrupt in the 1990s.

            Everything in tech proceeds in a straight line, either up or down, and so Intel is now and will forever be on top with AMD always on bottom. So sayeth Chuckula.

            Pride always goeth before… uninterrupted success after success and no chance of failure.

            edit: what was it that Andy Grove used to say? “Only the complacent maximize quarterly earnings” ?

            • chuckula
            • 7 months ago

            Apple stayed in business because it gave up and used Intel as a supplier. Given it’s literally criminal incompetence in Macs, it sure does pretty well since Intel does the heavy lifting (maybe they should hire Intel to do keyboard design?)

            Then it left the business where it never dominated to run off chasing phones. Big bad Microsoft never went away and frankly has better markets that are a lot less driven by the disposable income of teenagers with fickle taste.

            And phones aren’t looking so hot lately either.

            Apple didn’t exactly run over any of its competitors there.

            • blastdoor
            • 7 months ago

            I’ll guess AMD would be willing to tolerate achieving the limited amount of success that Apple has achieved.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 months ago

        Any insight on what will be cancelled at the end of May?

          • chuckula
          • 7 months ago

          I have a magic 8 ball for that.

          Let’s say… Optane!

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 7 months ago

            Dang, I like that product.

            Edit:

            You are a true visionary, Chuck. News below.

            [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/14310/micron-to-pay-intel-13-15-billion-for-im-flash-stake[/url<] We used have imflash banners in the engineering building at the uni I went to in Utah. IMflash rip 2k19 Sad for Intel that it has to meet quarterly earning targets by selling off assets. Not a sustainable approach, imo.

            • chuckula
            • 7 months ago

            Intel: Optane is doing so well we are building our own fabs just to make it and getting paid $1.5 Billion from Micron because they think Optane is that good too.

            AMD: Hey GloFo! Here’s another surcharge to not make chips for us!

    • DPete27
    • 7 months ago

    what am I looking at in that photo?

      • Mr Bill
      • 7 months ago

      Yeah, what is it?

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      It’s a [url=https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS726US726&biw=1476&bih=967&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=v__RXJOmCq-w5wKe3pvwBQ&q=cell+divider&oq=cell+divider&gs_l=img.3..35i39l2j0j0i5i30j0i24l2.14410.17618..17831…2.0..1.110.400.5j1……1….1..gws-wiz-img.Nahuhspsk7s#imgrc=_<]cellular divider system[/url<] made one row at a time from a single piece of intricately cut fabric. They can be linked together to form as many cells as needed for a given container. The entire patterning process is automated inside a SolidWorks design table. All you need to input is the size of the container and the qty of cells you want in each direction. My design is unique in that it has no raw edges on the inside and is fully enclosed on the bottom. Unprecedented AFAIK. Regrettably, it hasn't met with the same level of success as my [url=https://patents.google.com/patent/CA2687342A1<]previous take on the concept[/url<] which was sold by my company to my co-inventor who is growing [url=http://itbpackaging.com/<]a company[/url<] entirely based on the [url=https://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/2012/06/holland_company_sees_huge_mark.html<]award winning design[/url<].

        • Mr Bill
        • 7 months ago

        That is pretty nifty, sort of oragami packing media. Reminds me of a pretty good book read… [url=https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Grail-James-P-Blaylock/dp/0441651267<]The Paper Grail[/url<] by James P. Blaylock.

        • SonicSilicon
        • 7 months ago

        Seems like a honeycomb form should be a piece of cake with that system.

        • juzz86
        • 7 months ago

        Yours is great Fish, because I can tape two of them together and get a ‘box’. Be perfect for shipping samples around, the floor makes all the difference.

        Top job!

          • drfish
          • 7 months ago

          Thanks! Now, if only our salesforce appreciated it. 😉

    • K-L-Waster
    • 7 months ago

    Solitaire made it to the HoF — so where’s the Game Of the Year Remastered Ultra-HD Edition?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 7 months ago

    “World-first breakthrough improves on pasteurization and keeps milk fresh for 90 days”

    Well, everyone knows that ionizing radiation is the best radiation. Why do you think my steaks are both sterile and tender after I take them by the lab?

      • chuckula
      • 7 months ago

      Your user name is extremely appropriate for that comment.

      #GammaRayTracingIsBestRayTracing

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      True story, a few years back I was tasked with investigating procurement of cobalt-60 based irradiation equipment. I was [i<]massively[/i<] underqualified for such an endeavor and [thankfully] the project swung toward outsourcing that step of the process before completely fizzling out. For awhile there, though, I was terrified by the thought of a facet of my nice little [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexi-bag<]flexitank[/url<] assembly process suddenly answering to the NRC. o_0 [i<]Edit: Since I mentioned them, and only because it's packaging design day, here's [url=https://1drv.ms/u/s!AkN6HyWdN54tkfZAeRGCQl1t2uVLBA?e=pbh8CF<]an exclusive look[/url<] at some "packaging" I've designed and tested. My apologies for the cackling/cursing.[/i<]

        • chuckula
        • 7 months ago

        Fish you not-idiot! We’re glad you waited and didn’t end up in Gitmo!

        • Neutronbeam
        • 7 months ago

        Nothing will EVER surpass the TechSling. It’s time will come!

          • drfish
          • 7 months ago

          LOL! Holsters have become a fashion accessory since the TechSling’s day, but not in time to make the [unfashionable] TechSling a success. However, the TechSling is still the first thing I think of when someone mentions “wearable computing.”

          And yes, it’s also technically packaging.

      • Wirko
      • 7 months ago

      Best before: May 62019
      Do not approach before: April 62019

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 months ago

    Was expecting an image of threadripper packaging and Intel 9900k copy-cat packaging.

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      Good suggestions, but I couldn’t resist the urge to offer up my own personal effort for critique.

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