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Journal jawtheshark's Journal: Got myself a new monitor... No, nothing special, just cheap. 5

Got myself 58% more screen real estate at 117.99€. The prime condition on a Full HD[*] monitor was that it must have integrated speakers. This is because it saves desk space. That's hard to find in my allocated budget of max. 149€.

Funnily enough, this is exactly the same model as my moms screen which I bought nearly two years ago. 149€ back then. I have cursed myself ever since that day that I didn't buy one for myself.

The integrated speaker isn't as great as the ones in my old Fujitsu-Siemens C17-2, but more than sufficient for the occasional youp...I mean youtube video.

On a related note, I start to have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now.

[*] As much as I'd love to have a 2560x1440 monitor, there is no way I want to spend 400€++ on a monitor.

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Got myself a new monitor... No, nothing special, just cheap.

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  • Won't you be... my neighbor? I collect more hand-me-downs than the Salvation Army. With my limited floor space, the stack is getting pretty high. The house is a giant Tetris game. The trick is to keep it presentable to guests.

    • That Tetris game is harder when you have a wife... As my sig indicates, I'm a dumpster diver. So, I take what I can get. Monitors were and are hard to get. Back with the CRT-LCD switch days, you could get a good CRT from time to time. A few years ago, the occasional 1024x768 LCD started to show up. Now I have two "spare" 1280x1024" monitors. Technically, those were not dumpster-sourced: the monitor, I just replaced and one of my mother in laws monitors. The latter has a scratch about 0.5cm long in t
      • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

        Find a plastic polishing kit. Depending on the depth of the scratch, it should come right out.

        • Toothpaste? ;-) I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the idea.
          • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

            Something like this [].

            It uses grits of sandpaper from ~3600 up to ~12000 or more, then a paste/wax that is an even higher grit. Learned about this when I used to build scale models. The kinds for auto headlights don't appear to use enough different grits for me to trust a computer screen to them but may be a cheaper alternative.

            IIRC, this method was developed by various militaries. Turns out the plastic (lexan??) cockpits on modern planes get 'foggy'. Rather than buying new, they are periodically polished. Th

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