On Jun 3, 8:15 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
And an LCD is very thin and light; almost feels like a toy compared to
the TVs of yore.
I guess an equivalent size would be a 19" or 21" CRT and I remember
those not being particularly light. I still have an excellent Samsung
CRT monitor that I bought new back in the mid-late 90s. It'll
probably stay in my garage until I clean up and recycle it :(
The vertical height is what is most important, as that determines how
tall people will be in the movie you are watching...
Widescreen 16:9 ratio
24" = 20.92" wide 11.76" tall
22" = 19.17" 10.78"
19" = 16.56" 9.32"
Standard 4:3 ratio
20" = 16.00" 12.00"
19" = 15.2" 11.4"
17" = 13.6" 10.2"
On Jun 4, 10:28 am, email@example.com wrote:
You left out letterbox on a 4:3, which makes the vertical height
height even smaller, but can also increased on a 16:9 with the zoom
And what is "most important" is debatable (not with you of course),
because if a movie was shot in 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 you are missing a lot
of the original content if the move is "formatted to fit this screen"
like a lot of VHS movies were.
I feel your pain. I have about 6 or 7 perfectly good 17" CRT monitors
sitting in corners around here that I can't GIVE away. (Mostly
Trinitron- damn things Will Not Die.) I'm too much of a cheap SOB to
send working equipment to be demanufactured, and my long-dead EE
grandfather would haunt me if I did. All leftovers from a brief period
when it was possible to make a few bucks on the side buying used
commercial PCs in bulk, cleaning them up, and reselling them at half the
price of a new one. Moore's law bit me in the ass, and I am stuck with a
couple hundred bucks (my cost) of working PIII PCs that are essentially
worthless. One of these days I'll throw Ubuntu on the lot of them, and
put them on Freecycle, just to get rid of them. (Perfectly competent
e-mail terminals for people that can't get their kids off the 'real' PC
for five minutes.)
That is almost what I said- Ubuntu being a flavor of Linux, and
Freecycle being rather like CL, just with lowered expectations. (IOW,
getting it gone is more important than getting money.) I suppose I
should try CL first, and maybe the swap board at work as well.
At this point, I'd GIVE them to a good home, or only charge what they
are worth to me for parts. (Hey, an optical burner is worth
something...) Gotta keep the one with a 5.25 floppy drive in it, though-
still got a file drawer full of those, most of which are probably still
I really need a SWMBO to nag my sorry ass into actually finishing any of
the projects I start- it has gotten rather out of control. I'd need to
at least clean up the front room enough to not scare strangers before I
place the CL ads, so they don't run in terror when I open the door.
I have a lot of older computer gear that I hang on to because, believe
it or not, I have some customers who are still running DOS and certain
software simply because it works. The newfangled super fast motherboards
and CPU's are not compatible. People think I'm crazy for rescuing old
computers from the trash heap.
Oh, I believe it. I keep an old slow Dell laptop chained under my desk
at work, that boots up in dos 6.22, and still has a 9-pin serial port.
The software I use to program the decade-old walkie-talkies that our
contractor staff uses, will not run under windows (even in a dos box),
or on a USB to serial adapter for the PC to radio interface box. They
used to try to keep replacing it on me, but I think it finally fell off
the inventory records. As long as we use those vintage radios (Motorola
HT1000), I need that relic of a PC, even if it only gets booted up 2-3
times a year. Those Motorolas are not dying anytime soon- these are from
before M. off-shored all their production, and are built to mil-spec
standards for outside use. Living inside an office building all day is
easy duty for them. I'll be retired before those radios are. (The kid
contractors keep asking for PTT cell phones to replace them, and I keep
telling them Not On My Watch- we OWN the radios and the repeater on the
roof, and I'm not gonna ask the taxpayers to start paying $40? a month
per user, for something that doesn't work as well. We have about 100 of
the radios, so it would be a hell of a cell phone bill.)
I have a Dell C600 laptop that has a serial port and I use it to program
anything with a serial interface because some equipment will only work
with a (true) serial port. Those HT1000 radios are newer than the radios
I took care of for the contractor I worked for at the Kwajalein Missile
Range back in the late 80's. Those units were just as tough and were
also software programmable. Do you remember the old Motorola "brick"
cellphones? Those things were built like tanks too and you could run
over one of them with a truck and not break it.
Nope. I still have crates from 2 moves ago that haven't been opened.
Some of them are the parts from my former freelance used-PC endeavors.
Not to mention the crates full of paperbacks that I will never read
again, that nobody else on earth wants, that I still can't bear to recycle.
Well, it's not "too big" compared to a 60" TV.
However, too big or too small has more to do with the viewing range
than the actual physical size of the unit.
A 60" screen is "too big" for your average bedroom but "too small" for
your average football stadium.
When choosing an HD TV, the size should be based on how far from the
unit you will normally be while viewing it. Too big/too close means
reduced quality. Too small/too far means eye strain.
Too big/too close is far worse than too small/too far. Why spend big
bucks on a 55" screen just because it fits on a wall only to be stuck
with deminished quality because your bed is too close?
Use a calculator like this to help determine the right size:
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