Scott Hanselman

The beginning of a streaky LCD...and the end of Multiple Monitor Productivity?

June 9, '04 Comments [19] Posted in Musings
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I dig multi-monitors.  Everyone knows that you are MEASURABLY more productive when using more monitors.

Personally, I have three now. 

  • The one on the right is a 17" that I dug up from the garage.  It runs at 1152x864 at 32bit color.
  • The one on the left is my TabletPC running 1400x1060 at 16bit color.  I'm using MaxiVista to utilize that Tablet in its dock as a virtual monitor (This isn't a KVM or Remote Control thing, it literally shows up as a virtual display adapter).
  • Now, the MIDDLE one is a ViewSonic VA800 17" running at 1280x1024 at 32bit color.  It was about $700 a few years back, and I suspect its dying.

...which is interesting, as while I know that all hardware dies eventually, are LCDs supposed to die so quickly?

This particular monitor is showing weird color behaviors and bleeding.  Like if I have a large BLUE window, it seems to bleed off to the right and cause horizontal ghosts across the screen.

That said, what's the best price performance for LCDs these days?  Do they make 120-130dpi (this one is 96dpi) desktop monitors?  Clear and bright baby, clear and bright.

And actually, here's a question...is there anyone out there who DOESN'T think that LCDs are the "way and the light" and still have 21" CRTs heating their downstairs?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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