9 Oct 2000 raph   » (Master)


The new mailing lists are now online, as are the guidelines for CVS commits. For the latter, checkout Ghostscript from CVS and view doc/Maintain.htm.


It's no secret that I want much higher resolution displays, and that I believe improvements in manufacturing technology will bring them relatively soon. So it was with some interest that I browsed this Slashdot article.

Unfortunately, it seems that the current trend in LCD's is simply for bigger screens rather than higher resolution. The ViewSonic VP181 cited in the article has an 18.1" viewable diagonal, but a mere 90 dpi of resolution. Similarly, the Apple Cinema Display lauded in many of the comments has a whopping 22" viewable diagonal, but a paltry 86 dpi.

I believe one of the main problems here is the inability of almost all existing software to properly drive a truly high resolution display. To me, this issue is quite analogous to the Y2K bug - it should be obvious that higher resolution displays are coming, but nobody is actually doing anything about it. Thus, it was amusing to read this quote from the Apple page:

Easy on your eyes
Pixel density is something else to watch out for. After all, you don't want to have to squint to see images because the pixel density at high resolution makes them too small to see without magnification. With the Apple Cinema Display, the pixel density allows you to use the display at the maximum resolution all the time - and still view everything at a size and sharpness that's easy on your eyes.

You see, you really want a two-digit date field. It's much more convenient and efficient!


The stuff that lkcl is doing looks very interesting. The fact that it's now using schemas to dramatically slim down the main logic for article posting and so on is particularly interesting. I may just have to port some of the code back.

Unfortunately, I'm feeling pretty backlogged right now, so I don't have much time for fun projects like this. Hopefully soon, though.


Life seems to be settling down a bit these days. Max is over his chicken pox, I don't have any trips in the next month, and it seems like a lot of chaos and crisis has just passed. I'm looking forward to a period of really being able to focus.

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