Investing in real estate

Screen real estate, that is — 3600×1050 pixels of it:

(That’s a Samsung SyncMaster 225bw226bw connected to a Thinkpad T61p running Ubuntu Gutsy, if you’re curious.)

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  1. Posted November 21, 2007 at 16:14 | Permalink

    Interesting use for a Ruby book ;)

    As it happens, I’ve been looking for a good 22″ widescreen too, What made you go for the Samsung?

  2. Posted November 21, 2007 at 16:28 | Permalink

    good reviews on Amazon, and a few success stories with Linux on google. ;) I’d recommend it — nice and sharp, colours are fantastic, very easy to get going.

  3. Posted November 21, 2007 at 16:29 | Permalink

    btw I had to pick the least-likely-to-be-used books. we’re mostly Python so the Ruby book was history ;)

  4. Posted November 21, 2007 at 17:40 | Permalink

    I currently use my (rather diminutive) computer to support one of my monitors at a sensible height in work. As we’re apparently getting large new high-end tower desktops, I may have to look into other options…

  5. Posted November 21, 2007 at 17:54 | Permalink

    only a techie would get a huge resolution’d monitor, and use it for a text editor.

    good man.

  6. Posted November 21, 2007 at 20:45 | Permalink

    I have a 30″ at home (2560×1600).

    Each time I’ve upgraded it’s immediately felt So Worth It. I’d take more screen real estate over faster CPUs any day.

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  7. Posted November 23, 2007 at 18:03 | Permalink


    It is interesting to notice that your coding is completely supported by Ruby.


  8. Posted November 23, 2007 at 18:17 | Permalink


  9. Posted November 24, 2007 at 22:34 | Permalink

    I am sure the best resolution this monitor can you give is 1680×1050. Anyway nice choice, i have 226bw and very happy too.

  10. Posted November 24, 2007 at 22:36 | Permalink

    thats not an 225bw. There is an 226BW showed on your foto.

  11. Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:48 | Permalink

    SchAmane — oops, you’re right, corrected. ;)

  12. John Allen
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:20 | Permalink

    Can that monitor really do 3600×1050???

    I can only get 1900×1200 on my Acer 24″, and Dell 24″

  13. Posted November 27, 2007 at 11:11 | Permalink

    hi John —

    One monitor (the laptop’s builtin display) is running at 1920×1200 and one (the Samsung) at 1680×1050; Nvidia’s “TwinView” then extends a virtual desktop, 3600×1050 pixels in size, spanning both monitors.

    Unfortunately this means I lose a little 1680×150 strip at the bottom of the right-hand display, but I’m used to that already. ;)

  14. Ryan
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 18:48 | Permalink

    How do you like the t61p? I’ve been looking at them for about a month and I’m just waiting for the lowest possible price since I’m a cheapskate.

  15. Posted November 29, 2007 at 10:57 | Permalink

    Ryan: it’s working great. I’d definitely recommend it. Nice and fast, too…

    one thing: I had to use the “restricted” NVidia driver to run the dual-head display setup. at least it’s not the binary tarball from…

    also I haven’t got sound working yet (it’s a work laptop, so not a bit priority).

  16. John Allen
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 11:17 | Permalink

    Did put place provide the Samsung, as well as the Thinkpad?

  17. Posted November 29, 2007 at 11:38 | Permalink

    John: yep!