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Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 Mar 01
Computer Motherboards

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These days nearly all new computer monitors are based on some type of LCD panel.

  • 2010-Mar-01: One serious multi-monitor office. This array of displays is driven by a whole network of PCs. [8987]
  • 2009-Nov-27: The PicoLCD SideShow display adds a few lines of text to your computer. This only has Windows Vista and Linux drivers (no XP support), no why can't someone just configure one of these things to look like a small USB drive and then applications could just write "files" to it, which would be displayed and paged through by the user. Then each time you need the display to update, the application just updates the file. That way a user could even just drag and drop a file onto it for display. This idea would work really well for a device that can display photos. The Slashdot discussion of this includes links to other similar solutions and instructions for working with character based LCDs. A Python interface to this is here. [6839]
  • 2009-Apr-10: A new conductive resign has been developed that might replace indium tin oxide (ITO) as the transparent conductor used in OLED panels. [7857]
  • 2009-Jan-29: Rob Galbraith takes a critical look at the display quality of a number of laptops and finds he does not like what glossy displays are doing. However he does quite like the Dell mini-9 and found it to have one of the best performing displays and the gloss was only minimally troubling. [7500] [1]
  • 2008-Dec-25: The Samsung SPF-105P 10-inch digital photo frame can also be used as a USB attached computer monitor, so there's some competition for the Nanovision MIMO device. [7385]
  • 2008-Dec-21: MIMO is a 7-inch USB-interfaced monitor from Nanovision. These will be available in two versions, the $150 one will have touchscreen capabilities (which might make it quite useful for a programmable toolbar or function keyboard) and the $80 version will just be a plain display. At these prices they would be worth considering over a digital photo frame for your desk at work. This gets tested here as it is starting to make it to the USA. Engadget took a look at this and rather liked it. [7034]
  • 2008-Oct-14: A 4.3 inch USB-powered monitor, but at $197 rather too pricey. [7023]
  • 2008-Sep-26: The Tech Report asks Can a sub-$100 graphics card get the job done? They take a look at power consumption, temperature, cooling fan noise, game and Blu-ray video performance on a number of low-end Nvidia (like the 9600GT) and ATI cards (like the Radeon HD 4670) and find almost all of them will do the job. Further discussion on Slashdot here. [6927]
  • 2008-Sep-11: In Sept'08 Buffalo introduced the FTD-HD2232HSR/BK which appears to be the first 22-inch LCD monitor with a 1920x1200 resolution. Hopefully this will appear at a real price of under $300 soon. [6829]
  • 2008-Jul-22: The AOC 2230Fm HD3 is a computer monitor with an integrated media player that could also function as a 22-inch digital photo frame. About time! About the only thing it could do with adding are a few video inputs (it has DVI-D and HDMI but no analog inputs) or a LAN port. Engadget has already spotted one flaw, the built in media player did not play back HD video they tried to test it with. Discussed here on Slashdot. It gets reviewed here. [6503] [1]
  • 2008-Jul-18: Engadget readers discuss what is the best under $400 LCD monitor. [6542]
  • 2008-Jul-03: LCD monitors use some exotic elements (such as Indium) in their production, current supplies may be exhausted as soon as 2017, even if this is not the case it probably means that the price of Indium will go up soon. [6464]
  • 2008-May-06: EVGA is introducing two new USB graphics adapters at an under $100 price. [6052] [1]
  • 2008-May-02: The ultimate multi-monitor setup, a 3 high by 10 wide display system. [6033]
  • 2008-Apr-16: For those who need privacy while working on their laptops in public places, or who like to surf the web in a park at -20C, or who view life as performance art, how about this knitted privacy screen? [5820] [1]
  • 2008-Apr-14: Slashdot debates the issue of which is better glossy or matte LCD laptop monitors. It appears that most were finding that the glossy monitors were superior, apart from an initial learning period of a week or so. [5795]
  • 2008-Mar-14: This study confirms my own experiences that productivity increases with monitor space. Of course as this is a paid-for-by-industry type study you should take it with a grain of salt, but consider what happens if you are using Microsoft's Visual Studio to do some C++ work. It likes to do everything in one window broken up into a number of panels (for organizational and navigational purposes). This often leaves me with a coding window of about 1000x600 pixels out of a 1680x1050 (20 inch wide screen) resolution monitor. If I need to look at two files side by side, that drops to 500x600 for each, which is pretty small. With a second monitor this is much easier to do. Also, when you start running the application in debug mode (especially when working on a GUI problem) you have to fight with the two applications to get them to share the screen space and yet still have enough room to see your local variables, call stack and source code windows. If you have a second monitor, or one wider than 1680 pixels (though I doubt 1920 is really that much wider) then you can give each application (Visual Studio and the one being debugged) its own monitor and work in a much easier fashion. [5270] [1]
  • A Slashdot discussion of the possibility of a KVM that runs over IP and that can be used to monitor the BIOS boot process. The PC Weasel (by Middle Digital Inc.) might be a good solution. [5905]

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