Monday, March 24, 2008

Widescreen is theft

Everything has to be widescreen these days. In a TV I'm all for it. On my computer it's theft. Screen sizes used to be 1024x768, 1280x960, 1400x1050, 1600x1200 or even 1920x1440. Now they are widescreen and the resolution is 1024x576, 1280x720, 1400x787, 1600x900 and 1920x1080 (or thereabouts, sometimes they're 16:10 not 16:9). See, they didn't give us wider screens, they gave us less tall screens! They stole our pixels!

If my primary use of computers was looking at movies or TV this would be fine. But it's not! I web-surf, read and write e-mail, edit Wiki pages, work spreadsheets, program. For all of these more lines on the screen is better: it results in less scrolling and better overview.


Lars Strand said...

Well, you could just turn your monitor 90°

Nicolai said...

Tried that. X becomes un-accellerated. That sucks too much.

Nicolai said...

Rotated X screens are now accelerated. I use two rotated widescreens at work now. It's good, but not as good as 1600x1280 rotated.