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Do You Know These Facts About Display Usage in Travel?

24 Aug 2015

Check out our infographic filled  with fascinating facts showing how the world of travel is led by display systems.

The World of Travel LED by Display Technology

The Last Intervention is Numero Uno With Us!

28 Nov 2012

You probably knew that General Digital builds some of the toughest flat panel LCD monitors available. It’s possible you even knew that our Optical Bonding Laboratories is “Clearly the Better Choice”. Maybe, just maybe, you knew that we’ve been providing superior software testing for over twenty years.

Giovanny, Sarah and Raf at The Last Intervention premiereBut did you know that a member of our “family” is an actual movie producer? You’ll want to tuck this in your folder marked “Things I’ve Learned Today”: Rafael Blanco, manager of General Digital Software Services, has produced not one, but two independent films. Along with his brother, Giovanny, and his brother’s wife, Sarah Thorp, “Raf” has produced Cornelius and The Last Intervention.

Some of the female stars at the premiere showing of The Last InterventionGiovanny serves as director and producer, while Sarah both writes and produces, and Raf functions in the roles of producer, production manager, and line producer. Wearing multiple hats, he concerns himself with expenses, scheduling of shoots, and the overall timing of when the film is shot.

Their first film, Cornelius, centers around the title character having spent seven years in an institution after the loss of his wife in a tragic accident. After his release, he seeks to reconnect with his son. Shot in July 2008, outside of Los Angeles, Cornelius took 18 days to shoot and cost about $35,000. Raf reveals that the idea for Cornelius echoes a traumatic experience in the life of his children’s mother.

Eager moviegoers waiting to get in to the premiere showing of The Last InterventionBy contrast, The Last Intervention, which premiered on August 30th, 2012, was shot in 11 days. At the cost of a meager $15,000, The Last Intervention was born from the need for an “idea that fits the budget.” The entire film was produced in 90 days; the plan all along was to complete the film before Giovanny’s 40th birthday.

The stars talk to the audience after the premiere showing of The Last InterventionInspired by the reality TV shows that dominate the airwaves, The Last Intervention focuses on the disconnect between parents and their teenage children. Raf explains that often in immigrant families (in this case, the Dominican Republic), any aberrant behavior parents observe in teens is ascribed to drug use; so in The Last Intervention, the father contracts a film crew to follow his daughter and hires a therapist to conduct an intervention…and much hilarity ensues.

The Last Intervention promotional postcardHaving premiered in Hartford, Connecticut, the film has since bounded beyond borders:
– featured at the Crown Heights Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY (November 8th)
– featured at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico (November 14)
– featured at the 6th Dominican Global Film Festival in the Dominican Republic (November 15th, 16th, and 18th)
– will be featured at the Hartford Flick Fest (December 7th and 8th)

Congratulations to Sarah, Giovanny and Raf on creating their second first-rate film!

P.S. Visit Facebook and like The Last Intervention page.

Edit December 12, 2012

After the showing of The Last Intervention at The Wadsworth Atheneum and the newly opened Spotlight Theatre (both in Hartford, CT), the Hartford Flick Fest had this to post on its Facebook page: “Congratulations Blanco Brothers for winning Best CT Flick at the Hartford Flick Fest!!! Your movie was an absolute delight to everyone that watched it. Rafael was such a gracious film maker and conducted very insightful Q & A after both screenings. Thank you so much for entering and attending the Festival.” Way to go, Raf!

Edit September 29, 2013

The Last Intervention is now available for viewing and/or downloading on Amazon! So, grab some popcorn and head over there now to watch this hilarious movie. Available in HD, too!

We Are The Champions!

5 Sep 2012

We’re inviting you to go with us on this little trip. So, close your eyes. Wait! Don’t close your eyes yet. First, read this, then close your eyes. Okay, so here goes…

General Digital's softball trophyThere’s a slight breeze blowing, gently rustling the leaves of the still summer trees and the tall grass at the edge of the open field. The sun has long ago set, and the night is full, but the field is aflame with excitement. There’s the crack of a bat, the whistle of the missile out of the park, and not long afterward the sweet music of a slide to home plate. Almost immediately, Queen begins belting out “We are the Champions” as a trio of F-22 fighter jets fly over the ballfield in exultation of our glorious win in the South Windsor Recreation Department Softball League. Because our schedule is jam packed with producing world-class optical bonding, flat panel LCDs, and software testing and development, we had to turn down the invitation to a nationwide tour instilling hope in state after state and community after community.

Okay, so maybe that’s not what happened. And there was no invitation to a nationwide tour. But one thing rings true: We are the champions! That’s right, after three years of making it to the championships, on September 4th, we brought home the trophy—the hard-earned hardware that we now display proudly in our lobby.

Though the game wasn’t the nail-biter that is often portrayed in the movies and on TV, winning the championship is still the stuff of legend. When Jorge gunned one from right field to home plate, and when Big Will flipped the ball to Rafael at home plate to prevent a major play, we were definitely playing for keeps. It was plays like that which helped us lead the game from the beginning. With a final score of 15-8, and a season record of 12-6, we played big to win big.

We want to extend our thanks to all of the guys and girl (Jennifer Annett, our FAA and ATC salesperson) who made this a winning season for us!

General Digital's winning softball team

GDConundrum No. 5: Why Was Poplar So Popular?

5 May 2012

Poplar TreesOne of our electrical engineers, Louis, and his wife travel to West Virginia to see some abandoned mines. (Do they know a good time, or what?) Midway through the 17th mine, Louis notices that the timbers used to shore up the walls look familiar. In fact, they’re exactly like the ones in the first 16 mines. The guide tells him all the wood is poplar.

“Gee,” said Louis, “I would think they’d use something like oak or ash, which are very strong.”

Why did the miners use poplar?

Any arborists out there? Or botanists? Or even some tree huggers? Post your answers (or guesses) right here. If no one figures it out, we’ll post the answer in the last week of May.


May 31, 2012


We really “stumped” everyone with this one.

When poplar begins to buckle from the weight of the ground above, it cracks with a loud noise, which provides a warning to those below. Many stronger woods don’t do that.

GDConundrum No. 4: In the Hot Seat

6 Feb 2012

One of our mechanical designers, Frank, tells the following story:

Burning VW Bug“In college, I had a VW Beetle. I was amazed how many things I could fix. One summer, I did a simple repair: I loosened three bolts, replaced something, and tightened the bolts. The car ran great for six weeks. I returned to school, and some buddies and I decided to go find some babes.”

The four of them took off in the VW–and it burst into flames. What had Frank done?

If no one figures this out, we’ll post the answer during the last week of February. So c’mon all you backyard mechanics! Make your best educated guess–or even a wild one!


February 28, 2012


Looks like no one got this one. It’s tricky if you don’t know your old VW’s.

What happened was that Frank installed a battery, which was located under the back seat. When his roommate, who we’ll call Lardbutt, sat in the back, he compressed the seat springs, which were covered with a straw-like material.

Frank used the wrong battery: The terminals were too tall. When the springs touched the battery terminals, the seat caught fire! Fortunately, nobody was hurt—but with burn holes on their butts and  a smoldering VW Bug, the guys weren’t exactly babe magnets (unless the fire department had a woman on their crew).

General Digital – The Movie

5 Jan 2012

Close your eyes and picture this…Well, close your eyes and picture this after you’ve first read this with your eyes open…

A smoky battlefield, heavy gunfire, advancing enemy infantry…and the command to retreat. Get ready for high action in the trailer for the movie, “General Digital”. In the trailer, the General has to mobilize his unit to fall back from the front line; no easy task by any means, but nothing too hard for the General. The scene calls for a death-defying plunge off a cliff and into the murky waters of the river below. Oh, and did we mention the explosion? This kind of action requires a stuntman like no other. Enter the Barracuda™ by General Digital: fully environmentally sealed to keep out contaminants like water, sand, dust, and oil, and ruggedized to withstand bumps and bruises.

If the producers of “General Digital” called on the Barracuda for the tough jobs, shouldn’t you?

GDConundrum No. 3 – Spinning Wheels at the Supermarket

15 Jul 2011

Northeast Blizzard of 2011Last winter, we in the Northeast saw record snowfall over most of the area. The destruction easily ran into the billions of dollars and caused no end of calamity for many. Chris, one of our production engineers, had his share of trouble caused by the plethora of snow that hit us. On a cold winter day, his girlfriend, Laura, dragged him out to do some shopping. Chris’s luck turned from bad to worse at their first stop, the supermarket. After he and Laura get their groceries, he starts the car and realizes he is stuck on some ice. His wheels spin at 30 mph as the car remains stationary.

Now, let’s imagine, for a moment, that you are Chris’s best friend. He calls to ask for your advice on what to do. You ask what he has in the car. He says nothing except what Laura just bought: Filippo Berio olive oil, a family-sized tube of Preparation H, chunky peanut butter, chlorine bleach, iceberg lettuce, kielbasa, and Cheese Whiz. Of the items in his grocery bag, which is most likely to help?

We’ll post the answer the first week of August.

GDConundrum No. 2 – Old Skinflint’s Fuel

31 Aug 2010

Here are some excerpts from a conversation that took place a long time ago: “It was a great machine, and the Ford dealer sold me the deluxe model for only a dollar more.” And: “I would often stop by the Ford dealership and get fuel for just 5 cents a pound.”

What are they talking about?

Hint: You couldn’t get this at a Chevrolet or Buick dealer (or a Hyundai dealer, for that matter).

As always, no using the Internet to determine the answer. The challenge is to figure it out using your wits alone.

Top ‘Tech’ Focus Milblogs of 2010

2 Aug 2010

General Digital is dedicated to offering only top quality ruggedized, specialized and customized flat panel display products, optical enhancements and software services to commercial, industrial and military markets. Since we are avidly interested in military applications, news and information, we perused the web and found the most enticing web blogs devoted to sharing relevant military-related topics discussed today. Insight from the founders, editors and publishers of our chosen blogs even shared with us their thoughts about contributing to an outlet with military in mind. Read on and check them out yourselves.

Army Technology Live

Serving as the official blog of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Technology Live, is dedicated to providing advance conversation about Army technologies and initiatives and is the only military blog to have a companion iPhone app. Categories of interest range from technology being found in the field to in the news.  With many talented authors contributing to the blog, a team effort is put forth in providing several views and opinions. “We communicate daily through social media to advertise jobs, keep our employees informed and tell America the great things we’re working on to make the U.S. Army the most lethal force on the planet,” says David McNally, Editor of Army Technology Live. “I think anyone who was raised reading Popular Science or Popular Mechanics and dreaming about the future would be excited to work at the Army’s research and development organization.”

Defense Industry Daily

Defense Industry Daily (DID) offers military purchasing news focused on defense procurement managers and contractors, while remaining useful to other groups. The site focuses on what people are buying, and who bought it, instead of revolving around military technology. Using a digital medium allows DID to to reach its global audience every day, delivering fast news plus in-depth reports of purchases, associated political developments, and any associated controversies. Joe Katzman, Editor-In-Chief of Defense Industry Daily states, “My long-term goal and ambition is to have military-related journalism reach the same level as sports journalism.” His perspective comes from studying military and equipment and procurement for almost 30 years, and he combines this with a background in management consulting and a thorough knowledge of geopolitics.

Scoop Deck

The Scoop Deck is Navy Times official web blog serving as an independent newspaper for sailors, Coast Guardsmen and families around the world. Topics of interest pertain to anything navy-base related, everything from storytelling on the ship to discussing technical industry issues. “Our blog covers the waterfront, in terms of military technology; we write about big, important systems like nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defense, but we also talk about simpler, seldom-seen gear, like the robot vacuum cleaners that patrol the carpeted passageways aboard U.S. Navy warships. We always try to make it interesting and, as often as possible, fun,” says Philip Ewing, Staff Writer, Navy Times and Scoop Deck.

Small Wars Journal

Devoted to facilitating the exchange of information among practitioners, thought leaders, and students of Small Wars, in order to advance knowledge and capabilities in the field. Small Wars Journal provides a venue for authentic voices from across the broad spectrum of participants in small wars to reach other serious, engaged professionals in the community.  “No one profession has a monopoly on small wars.  It’s a very big tent that requires the utmost consideration across myriad tactical, technical, social and cultural skills and expertise,” states Bill Nagle, Publisher, SWJ Blog. “We think we serve the community by providing common, neutral go-to ground where people from different walks of life can meet and get better together.  It’s nice to see their, and our, hard work pay off.”

Atlantic Sentinel

The Atlantic Sentinel is dedicated to providing content based on power, war and money.  These topics have a heavy emphasis on politics, defense and economics from both sides of the North Atlantic with commentators from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Nick Ottens, Editor of the Atlantic Sentinel shared, “I always try to put military developments, whether it’s strategy or technology, in an historical context. Too often, it seems that even recent history is ignored in favor of wistful thinking. It is always relevant to consider the past however, whether one writes about the fate of Afghanistan or the future composition of the US Navy.”

GDConundrum No. 1 – The Symbol of Agincourt

26 Jul 2010

Time for a little fun. We all work hard and need something fun occasionally to break up the day. To that end, we are going to post a puzzle once in a while…similar to what CarTalk does on NPR. (Actually, that’s where the puzzles come from.) We don’t offer any prizes for the correct answer, but you’ll have the satisfaction of being astute enough to come up with the answer…and it’ll give you something to brag about. In case no one comes up with the correct answer, we’ll post it a few weeks after the question is posed.

King Henry V

The Symbol of Agincourt
In 1415, English king Henry V invaded France. After months of battle without victory, Henry decided to pack his bags. His army was tired, ill, and desperate for a proper cup of Earl Grey.

The French outnumbered the Brits four to one. They pledged to smash the invaders, then take the surviving Brits and remove certain body parts so they couldn’t fight again. (Not those parts! We’re not that kind of company.)

Heavy rain fell, and the French got bogged down. Lo and behold, the Brits won! To celebrate, they displayed the parts that would have been cut off.

What were they brandishing?
(Hint: The gesture is now a popular symbol.)

P.S. No cheating by looking up the answer on the ‘Net. You must deduce the answer, if you don’t already know it.

P.P.S. We will wait a minimum of two weeks before posting comments with the correct answer, assuming we get one. We don’t want to spoil the fun too soon. 🙂