Scotty! I need more pixels!
Posted by aogThursday, 26 November 2009 at 20:12 TrackBack Ping URL

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erp Thursday, 26 November 2009 at 21:55

Is that a fire you’ve lit under the screen on the right?

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 26 November 2009 at 22:22

No, that’s the glowy memory! There’s a vent in the side of the computer case so you can see it. It wouldn’t be bling otherwise.

44,544,000 6,144,000 pixels. I am living my dream.

SWIPIAW let me do this because

  • I had to clean up my office to get it assembled
  • I moved the printer from the desk behind this, next to the window, to just to the left of the left monitor so she can pop in and grab her prints without having to walk around the desk (which extends a good ways to the right).
Bret Friday, 27 November 2009 at 00:27

44,544,000? What are the resolutions?

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 10:13

I was in such a hurry yesterday, getting ready for a family day out, that I must have dropped an extra zero in the calculation (I did it with a calculator rather than by hand, just shoddy). The monitors are 1200×1600, 1920×1200, 1200×1600. I had originally planned for the middle to be 1600×1200 but the 1920×1200 was $60 less. The 4:3 ration seems to be disappearing in favor the more cinematic 16:9. Unfortunately for me, as a code slinger, the lack of vertical pixels hurts because it means less code per page. At least this one is 16:10, which is a little better (many were 1920 × 1080 which is just too short).

I am also enjoying the variety of digital video connectors, with these monitors on DVI, HDMI, and USB. The far right monitor is driven from a little box which plugs in to a USB connector on the host and has a DVI connector out. I like the compact form factor but it does mean I can’t put two video cards in the box for 2×2 DVI out.

erp Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 11:45

I’m glad you cleared that up. :-]

Bret Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 17:51

Those extra zeroes’ll get you every time.

cjm Sunday, 29 November 2009 at 19:34

that’s what the CRU guys say!

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 30 November 2009 at 16:01

Yes, well, all I can say is that when confronted by a vicious pixel denier who only wanted to find things wrong with my post, I coughed up the data and admitted to my faulty analytical methods.

AVeryRoughRoadAhead Monday, 30 November 2009 at 16:05

Freakin’ awesome. I wish that I were cool like you.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 30 November 2009 at 16:46

Yes! I just knew glowy memory would pay off!

P.S. This post was just a a take that! at our Mr. Cohen.

Jack Diederich Thursday, 03 December 2009 at 13:32

Unfortunately I’m still running the same setup as I was when you did a pixel post a few years back (three 1600×1200 20” LCDs). New LCDs are cheap and big, but I can’t justify scrapping the current working setup.

If your screens are driven by more than one box allow me to recommend Synergy virtual KVM ( It lets you use the same keyboard and mouse across boxes and operating systems. My setup has a dual-head linux box left and center with a windows driven screen on the right. Cut-and-paste support is flaky but otherwise it works like a charm (well, as long as you don’t try to use it over wifi - the latency is killer).

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 03 December 2009 at 20:50

I tend to prefer physical KVM switches. I was actually out looking at a wireless keyboard / mouse combo for use with a KVM so physically move them around. If you’ve got a line of monitors a couple of meters long it gets annoying to deal with cables.

But, as it turns out, part of the re-arrangement was to drop from 4 down to 3 computers so all three monitors there are driven from the same box (my new quad core with Windows 7). I have a backup with dual 1600×1200s that’s running XP but I expect to bump it up to Win7 by the end of the year. The third is my Linux (FC11) box but I don’t use it that much, just a bit of testing. I am switching to using virtual machines much more these days. My new computer is big enough to easily run multiple development VMs now which is nice.

The USB-DVI box is nice for a situation like yours, where you want to add another monitor but not another computer.

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