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Category: Computer Engineering

2015 Pack Expo Las Vegas Recap

by Rich Lindgren, CPPChainalytics Recently Chainalytics’ packaging engineering team attended the PACK EXPO trade show in Las Vegas.  This year’s show featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and 30,000+ attendees. Our team of packaging consultants canvased the floor for the better part of three days to find all things new and cutting edge in packaging industry. While I’ve attend several Pack Expo shows in Chicago, this was actually my first year attending the packaging industry’s west coast version.  General impressions on Las Vegas vs.…

Perceptual Image Compression at Flickr

Archie Russell, Peter Norby, Saeideh Bakhshi At Flickr our users really care about image quality.  They also care a lot about how responsive our apps are.  Addressing both of these concerns simultaneously is challenging;  higher quality images have larger file sizes and are slower to transfer.   Slow transfers are especially noticeable on mobile devices.   Flickr had historically aimed for high quality at the expense of larger files, but in late 2014 we implemented a method to both maintain image quality…

It’s time for you to discover your mission.

By Brian Boyer | August 10, 2015 I didn’t always have a mission. For the first seven years of my career, I worked in the software industry. The work was interesting, and I had a craft, for sure, but not a mission. All that changed when I quit my job to become a journalist. Our mission at NPR Visuals is to make people care. Everything we do: The things we make, our design process, and how we measure…

Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging!

Packaging Matters: Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging! Pages Do You Need More Warehouse Space? Think Packaging! I was recently reading an article on how to optimize your warehouse without increasing space.  It got me thinking that most people see a warehouse space as a constraint, having limited options.  The warehouse optimization options in this article I read were to broken down into 3 basic features;1) Inventory/sales information; know what you have (take inventory), know what you need…

4 Trusted Ways to Improve Your Packaging

Is your boss looking to cut costs? Or are you in charge of some packaging changes? You’ve probably touched more than 20 packaged items today without even knowing it. What you should notice is packaging optimization. Optimizing your packaging can drastically improve your business. If your business ships anything at all packaging optimization is worth looking into, and here is why: #1 Change Your Packaging Design Your package is the first thing your customer sees. It needs to be attractive…

Work with us this fall!

Hey! Are you a student? Do you design? Develop? Love the web? …or… Do you make pictures? Want to learn to be a great photo editor? If so, we’d very much like to hear from you. You’ll spend the fall working on the visuals team here at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, DC. We’re a small group of photographers, videographers, photo editors, developers and designers in the NPR newsroom who work on visual stuff for npr.org. Our work varies widely, check…

What’s New with Dimensional Weight?

by Rich Lindgren, CPPChainalytics We are about half way into 2015 and the new Dimensional Weight pricing model issued by UPS and FedEx earlier this year. Fortunately, many shippers and 3PLs have been able to avoid the price increases taking immediate effect thanks to negotiation or multi-year contracts that haven’t yet expired.  (If dimension weight charge is news to you, check back on this previous blog entry.) Rumblings and rumors from the packaging and supply chain industries suggest that the carriers are…

Testable IO in Haskell | IMVU Engineering Blog

By Andy Friesen At IMVU, we write a lot of tests. Ideally, we write tests for every feature and bugfix we write. The problem we run into is one of scale: if each of IMVU’s tests were 99.9% reliable, 1 out of every 5 runs would result in an intermittent failure. Tests erroneously fail for lots of reasons: the test could be running in the midst of the “extra” daylight-savings hour or a leap day (or a leap second!). The…

Simplifying Map Production

When news happens in locations that our audience may not know very well, a map seems like a natural thing to include as part of our coverage. But good maps take time.* In ArcMap, I’ll assemble the skeleton of my map with shapefiles from Natural Earth and other sources and find an appropriate projection. Then I’ll export it to .AI format and bring it into Adobe Illustrator for styling. (In the example below, I also separately exported a raster layer…

Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid Maps

A hexagon tile grid, square tile grid and geographic choropleth map. Maps by Danny DeBelius and Alyson Hurt. As the saying goes, nothing is certain in this life but death, taxes and requests for geographic data to be represented on a map. For area data, the choropleth map is a tried and true visualization technique, but not without significant dangers depending on the nature of the data and map areas represented. Clarity of mapped state-level data, for instance, is frequently…