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The new screen

The new big-ass computer screenI finally got around to spending some Christmas/birthday money a few weeks ago. I went to Future Shop and picked up a monitor to replace my 2000-vintage Syncmaster 750S. The ol' Samsung was still working fine and looked good -- it was just feeling small compared to everything else out there. And, I so rarely treat myself to new toys, so, what the hell?

I got the LG L204WT Flatron Wide 20" widescreen LCD. It boasts a 5ms response time and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Mostly, it's a true Big Ass Monitor, and it's bright.

It's served me well on my recent spree of multimedia production, editing video and touching up audio in a variety of programs. The web looks fantastic. Photos look gorgeous.

And, it's got me playing video games again. Not a lot of video games. But I had some games that I just hadn't played. I bought Call of Duty for a LAN party a long time ago and only ever played it once. Looks nice on the wide-screen. Someone bought me Half Life 2 as a gift ages ago, and I hadn't opened it yet. Looks f'ing incredible in native widescreen mode, though I can't wrap my head around the game yet. Looking forward to trying GTA:Vice City and Medal of Honor with a wider field of vision. Watching DVDs ought to look cool too, 'cuz this thing has higher resolution than an HDTV. (Yeah, I know, DVD isn't HD.)

Anyway, new toy. I like. Good purchase. No dead pixels, it works with my ATI AIW 9800 Pro, so I'm a happy camper.

I think I should get back to hanging out with Amanda now, as I've been playing on the computer all night and it's a quarter past ten.


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