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Old 09-08-12, 12:11 PM
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Still don't like the wide screen format

Even after using it for years.

It just doesn't make efficient use of a monitor. I have a laptop with a 16:10 display and the wide screen videos use 2 thirds of the height. It's a Lenovo. A lot of laptop brands only provide screens at 16:9, which has even less height.

An old video with the 4:3 display uses more of the screen.

I suppose 'they' will have to have a choice for people sooner or later. Maybe events can be shot in multiple formats.

Or are you happy with it? I don't deliberately try to be different, but it works out that way a surprising amount of the time.

What are the positives for the wide screen display?
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Old 09-08-12, 12:15 PM
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In an IDE, I can see a class hierarchy (or another aspect, if I so choose) without losing width in the text editor.
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Old 09-08-12, 12:42 PM
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In my e-mail at work, I can have my folder list on the left, e-mail messages in the middle, and my task list on the right. With a standard aspect ratio monitor, I never have enough width to do that.

I do not like wide screens for documents, so I just rotate one of my 5:4 aspect monitors 90 degrees and put my document on it.
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Old 09-08-12, 01:07 PM
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I prefer dual 4:3 monitors for work/productivity situations. Actually, once we move to our new location, my work system is going to go quad, with one of these:


http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...105-PB&cat=MON

Monitoring two Gmail accounts simultaneously, point-of-sale software, and a network camera @ 1280 x 1024. Piece of cake One monitor will be on a KVM switch so it can double as a monitor for my server when needed.

The main benefits to widescreen for me would be games (a wider field of view can be helpful) and movies. At home I have a single 1920 x 1080. I might snag a cheap used 1600 x 1200 second monitor off Ebay for a sidekick, though... I do a little productivity stuff at home and dual would sometimes be nice.
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My eyes are wide angle short focal length replacement models after I got hold of a bad bunch of eye bleach and some of Chris... photoshops of Couch, so I love wide screen monitors. Mine is 3 feet wide.
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It's very efficient for office work once you get a big enough monitor. I have a 23" at 1920x1080 (16x9). I can get two word documents, full page and side by side, with a "Find" window and style pane open on both. Windows 7 tip: press the windows key + left or right arrow to toggle the screen placement of the current window. It autosizes it to the right half of the screen, left half, or the previous (non-autosized) position.

Videos? There are too many formats. Blame the movie studios for using different sizes.
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I'm OK with a dual-monitor setup- one wide-screen, one standard. I don't use it the way I thought I would, but my cat likes it:

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I'm OK with a dual-monitor setup- one wide-screen, one standard. I don't use it the way I thought I would, but my cat likes it:

Ahh yes, the decoy
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
Windows 7 tip: press the windows key + left or right arrow to toggle the screen placement of the current window. It autosizes it to the right half of the screen, left half, or the previous (non-autosized) position.
That's one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. When used with 2 documents, it's one time when the full width of the screen is used well. It's slick. Kudos to 7 for coming up with that one. (That's the first time I've ever used the word kudos.)

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Old 09-08-12, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Closed Office View Post
That's one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. When used with 2 documents, it's one time when the full width of the screen is used well. Kudos to 7 for coming up with that one. (That's the first time I've ever used the word kudos.) It's slick.
Or you can just drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen by its top bar. Handy for those of us whose keyboard might be older than Windows itself, and has no Windows key...



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The keys on that keyboard are surprisingly clean.
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Old 09-09-12, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
The keys on that keyboard are surprisingly clean.
Every so often I pop the keycaps off and throw them into some hot sudsy water for a wash. It's a necessity, as a bike-shop wrench my fingers are usually a little grimy.

Somewhere around here, I also have a keycap with a coffee cup symbol Now if I can just find one that says PANIC!, preferably in red...

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How do you keep the letters from wearing off?
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Old 09-09-12, 11:39 AM
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How do you keep the letters from wearing off?
I cast Level 12 Abrasion Deflect every morning. Also, I believe the letters are double-shot molded, meaning that they're not just surface-deep... if you attacked one of these keys with a belt sander and took 1mm off the surface, it would still show the letter.
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I keep hitting my "Escape" key, but I'm still here.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
I keep hitting my "Escape" key, but I'm still here.
I've been having similar problems with the Home key.
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