LCD suggestions anyone?

My Hansol 710D is slowly waving its goodbyes. I bought it a few years ago following a friend’s advice but I wasn’t ever satisfied with this piece of hardware due to the audible noise it makes while displaying bright images and the geometric distortion it exhibits while showing screens containing strong contrast.

I’m eyeing a nineteen inch Samsung as I’m quite satisfied with the 17” model (Samsung 710N) I have in front of my eyes at work, but the big question is which one to get? There’s the 913V, 913N, 940B and the 930BF all in a price range I could, ehem, let’s say afford. Of course I would get the cheapest model but I’m completely lost between all those technical specifications. I understand that the response time has to be as small as possible but what’s the meaning of all those other numbers? I’m typically using my home computer for browsing, programming (in a text editor), watching multimedia (DivX / Xvid / DVD) or live TV via my TV card and occasionally playing some games of varied types (including 3D shooters).

If anyone has any experience with any of these models please provide some feedback. Or recommend any 19” LCD that you’re truly satisfied with. At least I’ll have somebody to blame for making the wrong choice again. :-)

Layout updates

I finally had time to finish tweaking my blog’s layout. The main goal was to make it fully Flickr compatible, and that means making the content column able to accomodate a “standard” Flickr photo. I actually accomplished this a while ago (a month or so), but the problem that remained was that the header images needed an extra 20 pixels in width and I never got around to modify them until today.

Looking around in the header I noticed that my ‘Articles’ page was never touched so I removed the link to it and the page too. I’ll post all my “articles” directly in the blog anyway… And since I was messing around the header I remade the tabs completely, now they’re rounder and smoother and as a plus my header looks the same on all browsers. No more strange gaps. Internet Exploder users will have to do without the hover effect (as IE doesn’t support the hover pseudo-class on anything but the A element), but who is still using that “browser” anyway? (Hmmm, actually I know a few people…)

There’s also the photo sidebar, the content of which I’m generating offline each time after I’m posting a new batch of photos to Flickr. I rotated my link buttons by 90 degrees. And they actually look a lot funnier this way. That’s about it now, I’m thinking about some color tweaking too, but I need some expert assistance for that otherwise I’d blind you with my 1337 choices…

Of course it's cheap

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I think they’ve really rushed it back at the Profi offices this year and they did it! They’ve got the catalogue out in time. Unfortunately though, there was no time to proof read it. Now who’s going to buy that poor cocoa powder? Even if it’s 22% off, nobody buys pure sh*t…

Santa came early this year

The new family member (2)

Oh… and did I mention the fact that I’m happy!?

Orange doesn't want to sell

Nokia 6030 Yesterday morning after paying my electricity and gas bills I headed to the Orange shop because I intend to get my mother a new phone for Christmas. I was thinking about the Nokia 6030 (pictured here) because it’s a relatively small phone, it’s moderatly priced, it has a color screen, polyphonic ringtones, etc. In one word: it’s sweet. Plus I did some some reading on the web, and as all the reviews ended in a positive tone I got pretty well decided, that yes this is the phone I want to buy. I just needed a bit of hands on experience.

Back to my story. I get to the official Orange shop a bit before 9 AM and there were two sleepy ladies (girls) around who were wearing badges stating “phone expert”. So I patiently wait for my turn and ask one of them if I could see and try the aformentioned phone. Intending to buy it of course. She mumbles something in her sleep, I politely ask her to repeat and she says that unfortunately the Nokia 6030 is not a test phone, but what do I want to see on it anyway? I say well, I would like the test the brightness of the display, see the responsiveness of the keys, the menu, etc. She responded something about the screen having 64k colours but I didn’t hear it all, because I thanked her and left the shop. Like yeah, gee thanks, I can check pure tech specs on the sheet shown right next to the phone in their presentation stands protected by bulletproof windows (I’m exaggerating here) and on thousands of websites around the web.

I don’t know about anybody else, but I know that nobody will succeed in selling me anything in a shop that I can’t properly see and test before shelling out the cash for it. I mean what the heck!? Is it just me who thinks that there’s something terribly wrong here? Isn’t the purpose of the shops to be able to go in and test things out before you buy them? But it seems that this purpose or rule doesn’t apply for some. Too bad for them. I’ll just get it in another shop. Or maybe we’re all out of shops which actually show you the product which they’re intending to sell…