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Eleven years is pretty good for a computer monitor…

April 12, 2009, 12:08 AM

And eleven years apparently is where it’s going to stand, because my old 19″ VX900 monitor apparently has become too old to continue working properly. Everything now has a nice yellow tint across it. Still, considering that thing has had eleven years of continuous use, I think that’s pretty darn good. Now, of course, I have to get a new monitor, and that’s going to set me back a pretty penny. But having lasted that long, it’s pointless to repair it. For the cost of repairing a monitor that old, I could just get a new monitor, after all.

But yeah, eleven years is pretty good. That monitor came with my old Gateway, which I got back in 1998 when I was a junior in high school, and it has served me well all these years, so I can recycle it with no regrets. Let me tell you, though, one thing I won’t miss about it is how much that thing weighed. That thing was a real b—- to move back and forth between college and Stuarts Draft, and was equally rough carrying it up the stairs at my place in Silver Spring. But its being heavy was only about half the story. That monitor was also pretty big, since after all, this was a 19″ CRT monitor. Not a flat-screen by any means. That thing was very much a two-hander when carrying. Not like those nice flat-screen monitors they have nowadays, which are light enough that you can carry two of them at once. This was one of the OLD styles.

And here it is in its final arrangement:

My computer desk

That’s it on the white shelf on my desk. It’s been the secondary monitor since late 2005 when I got the flat-screen. Now when I replace the old one, the existing LCD monitor will become the secondary, and I’m going to get something cool to be the main monitor. I want something bigger than 19″. Those 22″ monitors aren’t bad looking, and the new monitors are widescreen, too. I don’t know how that’s going to affect tiling my backgrounds across two monitors, but I guess we’ll find out. That will be a challenge, but it’s not an impossible one. It’s just a matter of aligning it all the right way.

So now, I guess I have to go monitor shopping…

Web site: Shady Grove transfer station, where this monitor will go to be recycled.

Song: That Power Rangers communicator chime that I set up for my sister back in January. I still get a kick out of the line I texted her once I set it up. It went like this: "Rangers, come to the Command Center. I have cheese!" Something about thinking of Zordon's serious-sounding voice saying the word "cheese" just makes me laugh and laugh.

Quote: Oh, speaking of which, you should see what I'm getting soon. I'm not usually one for t-shirts with designs on them, but this one was one I couldn't pass up. It's a Power Rangers t-shirt with the diamonds from the old Mighty Morphin costume screened on. I got the blue one, because not only am I partial to blue, but I always liked Billy the best. He's a bit of a nerd, just like me, so I could relate, though some of the things he said that were supposed to sound scientific ("negative proton energy", anyone?) made me laugh.

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