My new monitor arrived yesterday and I am very impressed at how smoothly Kubuntu handled recognizing the new resolution automatically. Very nice indeed. I have a few nits about the monitor, but I am going to wait so I can also state how I resolve them. I do not believe any of them are critical to the point to make me get rid of it. (Incidentally, that would probably be at a profit since I paid $35 for it — thanks to Verizon — and even selling it at a steal would put me ahead. I am still tempted since I would ideally get into another 1600×1200 monitor and thus end up with a 3200 x 1200 desktop… beats 1900×1080 by just a bit, eh?)
A nice thing I will say immediately is that my fonts seem a little crisper. That’s very nice.
Anyway, my brain is now hatching a strange and lunatic plan to maybe use my old monitor and have something wild running.
|fronk (vga)||archon (vga)||.||archon (dvi)||laptop (vga)||.||laptop (built-in)|
That madness needs a little explanation.
- I have 3 machines: fronk, archon, and my work laptop.
- I have a KVM switch to toggle between fronk and archon; I can set that up to use the 1600×1200 monitor.
- I can use the DVI connector on archon’s video card to feed into the new monitor.
- I can connect the laptop to the new monitor using the VGA out.
- I can use synergy to share my keyboard between archon and my laptop.
So what I could do it keep the 1600×1200 monitor between archon and fronk. I can then share the 1900×1080 monitor between my laptop and archon.
The upshot is the following:
- working hours: archon on the 1600×1200, laptop on the 1900×1080 and built-in 1900×1200 — and I get to use a real keyboard and mouse, hopefully fostering better posture. I should still be able to control things like my music player just by moving the mouse back over to the 1600×1200 monitor thus returning focus to archon.
- personal hours: archon gets both — and I get a HUGE amount of monitor real estate
- working on fronk: I am trying to turn fronk into nothing more than a file server. However, sometimes I need to check the console to resolve boot issues (like accidentally bumping the eSATA cable and causing drive mount issues).
It’s a mad plan, but sounds like fun!