[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 134, Issue 13

microcode at zoho.com microcode at zoho.com
Thu Jan 16 11:19:56 CST 2014

On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:42:31AM -0500, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:00 AM, <microcode at zoho.com> wrote:
> > Yes.
> >
> > The widescreen thing is all about media isn't it? I would love to see all
> > screens tall and not as wide. Sideways would be perfect. You get much more
> > code on the screen at one time. Even the dumps I work with don't require
> > *that* much width.
> >
> > "Computers" aren't for coding anymore, they're entertainment appliances!
> >
> It's just that TVs are way more common than desktop PCs, so the cheap LCD
> panels from TVs become cheap desktop LCD monitors.

I didn't think of that since it's been decades since I had a TV but it makes
some amount of sense. Still, given Windows' death-grip on the desktop market
(whatever that means today) it does seem the vast majority of people with
PCs are watching movies, not coding.

> I solved the vertial resolution problem by getting a 4k monitor for my PC.
>  2160 pixels of vertical resolution give me plenty of lines for terminals,
> and 3840 pixels of width give me space for lots of tall terminals (and web
> browser windows, etc).  The only trick is getting a video card that can
> actually drive a 4k display at a reasonable rate.

I have no idea what that is but it sounds like I would still want to tilt it
sideways. I figured out my productivity goes up in proportion the number of
lines of code on the screen (given I can read them) and I'm already used to
logical screens for different things so I don't mind using all of the screen
real estate for one piece of code or two, split horizontally, then other
logical screens for other things like dumps, spool, etc. I realize my use is
not typical though. Bottom line for me is the wide screens I have are not
very useful and I feel I wasted money, not that I had an alternative in the
same price bracket.

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