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Comment Two KVM switches. (Score 1) 128

It sounds to me like you need TWO kvm switches.

One with a keyboard and mouse attached to it, and one monitor. The other would be just video -- or you could even use a cheap HDMI switch for this one.

This would allow you to have the keyboard and mouse tethered to one monitor, while the other monitor was independent.

For extra-fancy operation, you could even use an HDMI splitter to have the same video input going to both switches, if you needed to.

The only down side is two separate boxes to control, but you could probably rig up an Arduino or something to keep them flying in formation.

Comment Re:Desktop first. (Score 1) 198

Buy. You sure are an ignorant troll. 1920x1080 is EASY. I am talking about 2560x1600, a LOT more pixels.

So, the Dell E3011 30" professional quality IPS panel that I got a few years ago on sale for the awesome price of $1,100 is "shit gear?" Wow.

Yeah, I have no idea how tech works. That is why I have a master's degree in electrical engineering and design custom silicon for a living. Riiiight.

Comment Re:Desktop first. (Score 1) 198

No. It is the fact that I have TRIED to get something higher than 1080x1200 out of HDMI and it has failed. DisplayPort supports higher resolution.

Now, HDMI 1.3 and up should work just fine, but how often to manufacturers even specify the HDMI version? The just say "HDMI," and I presume 1.2.

Once again, I beg your forgiveness for trying to drive my monitor at its rated resolution with a laptop. I know that I have sinned.

Comment Re:oops (Score 2) 440

Forget ASIC design, unless you want to get a 2nd mortgage to license the tool chain for one year. Plus, mask sets will run anywhere from $10,000 to $1,000,000 (depending on the geometry) to get the chip produced.

Learning an FPGA is actually surprisingly attainable. You can get many boards with smaller parts for under $100. The tool chain is free, but you are stuck with proprietary software.

My own experience is with Xilinx, but they recently went to a new "Vivaldi" software suite that supports the newer chips. Older chips are stuck using "ISE" software, which does not run on Windows 8 and up without hacking (yuck). So, if you buy Xilinx, make sure that you get something supported by Vivaldi. I understand that Vivaldi also supports SystemVerilog -- VERY nice to have for testbenches, but not a lot for RTL code. Altera is also VERY popular and worth a look, and I believe that Lattice and Actel might still be in business.

Next, you need to learn RTL (register transfer language) -- VHDL or Verilog. Both have their pros and cons, but I prefer Verilog. It is very much like programming in something like "C", but every "always" block runs CONCURRENTLY! In other words, all code runs at the same time. This makes sense because all transistors are running at the same time. There is a web site called "World of ASIC" that has some nice tutorials.

I would also check the "hack a day" web site. They had links to tutorials using a $20 board a few weeks ago.

Good luck!

Comment Re:Desktop first. (Score 1) 198

DisplayPort on laptops is ridiculously common once you step just outside of consumer-ish devices stocked at Wal-Mart.

Not quite. I also like to do a little casual gaming. Intel integrated graphics suck for gaming, so that leaves two choices:
1) Separate GPU
2) AMD device

A separate GPU pushes you into "gaming" machines that are hard to find for much below $1,000.

Personally, I prefer the AMD approach, but those devices never have DisplayPort. My dream machine would be something with an AMD FX-8800p (Carrizo) processor, a decent LCD, DisplayPort, and around $500 to $600. Such a beast apparently does not exist. (yeah, I know that the FX-8800p does not quite exist yet).

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe