I finally got a new screen. Until friday, I was working on a Sony 17″ monitor, and it couldn’t do more than 85Hz in 1024×768. That is the resolution I’ve been running for almost 10 years now. I bought that screen in late ’95, when 17 inches were a lot of screen space (athough you only got 16.2 visible).
These days you can probably buy a 17″ notebook, and I’ve had 21″ CRTs at work for years. And when I got a 19″ LCD some months ago, it was just a question of time when I would have something like it at home. And here it is. Through work, I got a 20% discount on a DELL 2005FPW LCD screen, 20.1″ with a 1680×1050 widescreen resolution. I wasn’t sure if I’d like widescreen, but so far, it’s been real nice.
I turn the screen at work 90°, which lets me have two source files underneath each other, or one with very long functions. With this screen, rotating it looks a bit awkward, but I can easily have two pages of code next to each other, which is just as good. Here’s how my desktop looks. Next thing I’m going to do is hook it up to the gamecube and finish Eternal Darkness in widescreen, the way it was meant to be played.