March 22nd, 2008

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Thou shalt not covet thy wife's monitor...

When we headed for the hotel, I grabbed Twiggy; in the spiffy Ultra Micro Fly Black (or whatever permutation) case it's a LOT lighter than the tank that is the Antec ATX tower case of Billie's pre-Twiggy computer, or even the smaller Antec case my computer lives in. As mentioned earlier, we got an HP LCD monitor. Billie really liked it--the monitors in dual-head CRT setup she had have seen better days--one is dimmer than the other, and you get the effect you see in stores where a bunch of monitors display the same program--they all look different.

So today we sprang for a second HP LCD monitor.

I was rather envious. The Dell P1130 I use has, as time goes on, gotten brighter and brighter--I had brightness cranked down to 5 and still the display was washed out. I looked through the menu of settings, and while rummaging around near the color temperature settings, found a setting labeled "COLOR RETURN". I pressed it--and was surprised to see the screen blank out and cycle through various colors. After the smoke cleared, suddenly things looked much, much better, at least after i adjusted brightness and contrast back to sane levels.

So, I no longer envy irpooh her two HP LCD monitors--at least as long as I don't have to move the P1130 again for a long time. It's heavy.

P.S. While at the Wal-Mart where we got both the HP monitors, I noticed a rather decent deal that I wish I'd seen earlier: a sweet little small form factor system with a micro ATX motherboard made by Asus, AM2 socket, 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 (the blurb said X2, but I don't know whether I believe it--but even if it isn't, have you seen what they're going for these days?), 1 GB of PC5300 DDR2 RAM, a (small by today's standards) 160 GB hard drive, DVD burner with Lightscribe... for $300. I'd have to hold my nose until I wiped Windows Vista  from it, but I could deal with that.. Looking at the mobo characteristics, it can handle up to 4 GB. Darn.
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