It's Father's day, and as usual my family wasn't sure what I needed/wanted. (I'm kind of cryptic when it comes to that, and then I often buy things without letting others know...so it's my own fault I guess.) Because I had to rebuild another computer for my son to record his band on - one that could be close to the band instead of carting the amps up to his bedroom - I donated my old LCD monitor to him. Now I needed a new monitor of my own.
I normally use two monitors at work, and have had both an LCD and a CRT hooked up at home, but with different screen sizes - and have you ever tried to balance the color between an LCD and a CRT...not fun! - it is a chore. Not to mention, it takes up a whole bunch of valuable desk space.
So did some looking around. I'm not usually a fan of widescreen monitors - probably because when they first came out a 19-inch widescreen was only the height of an older 15-inch monitor with regular aspect ratio...
Now they are making bigger sizes, better prices and newer ones are coming out all the time. I did a little looking around online and found that Future Shop had a good deal on a 24-inch widescreen, only $369.00 (CDN). When we were out at Costco today had a look at what they had and found an Acer with the same specs for over $40 more. And I've heard that Samsung is not too bad of a brand, so I bit and bought my own Father's day present.
One big monitor is pretty cool. Now I don't have to balance the colors and sizes between the two. Okay, there is a disadvantage that I cannot drag something to the other screen and double-click to maximize it, but in the end the 1920X1200 resolution is pretty sweet.
And now I have more room on my desk...for junk!
Unlike many men, I enjoy reading the instructions - especially when they are possibly translated from another language. Because of the idioms of the English language things might not translate directly.
Case in point - This warning about cleaning the monitor:
If excessive force is applied, you can have a stain on it.
This warning should have been on Monica Lewinsky's dress label, it would have prevented a whole bunch of problems...
I think that this will become a regular feature on this (and get me posting things on a regular basis). This whole Lost in Translation (which wasn't a bad movie by the way) can be quite interesting. Feel free to send me some details on things you've seen that are L.I.T.
And if you have a hankering for something before I post next, head on over to www.engrish.com where you can find many of these types of things.