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11:58 pm - C'mon, man, it's the nineties. Learn to squint.
This is freakin' ridiculous.

I bought a flat-panel LCD monitor today, which is something that has been on my to-do list since mid-2002.

Anyway, the text is quite blurry unless I set it at the manufacturer's recommended optimal resolution setting. The optimal resolution is 1280x1024 pixels. To those who aren't used to fiddling with their own monitor settings, that means that the text on my screen is small enough that I could display half of the Manhattan telephone book on my monitor without compromising its quality. Of course, you wouldn't be able to read it -- it's not that big a monitor, but the text would be crystal-clear on the screen.

I hate getting a new monitor. It's great once I get used to it, but every time I replace my monitor, it takes me a couple of weeks to set it up correctly. The brightness and contrast have to be perfect, and the controls are so different between brands that I can't easily figure out what perfect is. Take this monitor, for example. Right now I have the contrast set at 14% and the brightness at 20%, and the white spaces on the screen are so bright that they hurt my eyes. Raise those values or invert them, and it doesn't get any better. This is not unusual for me, and it's just going to take some time to work out. Once I get that figured out, I know I'll prefer the ultra-small text, because I always do; my screen resolution has increased with every new monitor I've purchased, and I like it once I get used to it.

In the meantime, I'm going to spend a lot of time rubbing my eyes.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 13th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
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Sure, I'll take your monitor. How big is it?
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 14th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
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Hey, I didn't say I didn't want the monitor. I said it was going to take some getting used to.
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From:evil_jim
Date:September 14th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
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Whaddya mean? You told me to take it right there in the fourth paragraph.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 15th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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Well, you've got me there. I can't argue with that.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 13th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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The settings on my monitor (currently 1400 by 1050) have been known to make my coworkers eyes bleed.
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From:r3507
Date:September 13th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
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That was me, BTW.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 14th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
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Damn, Kyle, what do you do with your computer that requires such a high resolution? Even if my monitor were huge, I couldn't handle that at work.
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From:r3507
Date:September 14th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
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My monitor's fairly huge. I just hate clicking back and forth at the bottom of the screen when I need to refer to multiple programs. And when a large part of your job involves making sure that three seprate databases agree, you are referring to multiple programs a lot.

That, and the detail on those mail-order bride pictures is exquisite.
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From:seanorange
Date:September 13th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Just think of it this way -- those unhealthy x-rays won't be bombarding your brain any more!

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 14th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
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I miss the x-rays already.
C'mon, man, it's the nineties. Learn to squint. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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