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As someone from a cold country (Switzerland) I would expect insulation first. We insulate like maniacs, and for good reason. In the long run, it's far cheaper than heating. All windows here are double or even triple glass and close properly, all wall are made of bricks or cement, and insulated on top of that. There are heat-meters working in the infrared, which you can point at your house to find out if you leak heat (generally windows). Also strange: Your electricity usage does not peak at the same point as everyone else. What gives?
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2012 on For a Bit of Colored Ribbon at Coding Horror
My problem: If I buy a great screen for at home, I will be annoyed every single day at work when I have to deal with a shitty old low-res TN. My current monitor at home is a cheap BenQ, and still looks far better than my screen at work. I cannot imagine my boss actually offering to pay for the monitors, and I don't want to buy half a dozen of the things out of my own pocket.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2012 on The IPS LCD Revolution at Coding Horror
Thank you for pointing out this truth which should be obvious, but obviously isn't. Screen DPI is the one thing that has not improved in the last ten years, despite making such a big difference on usability. As for "but is there any user value to it?": Yes. We can finally do away with all the annoying anti-aliasing algorithms, with all the blurry true-type fonts and ugly pixel-perfect fonts, we can skip calibrating monitor and graphics card to get proper sub-pixel AA, and most of all: Make all the different software do this right. I spend all my day staring at a relatively blurry big but low-res screen (~26" at 1980x1020), and I don't think it's doing my eyes a favour. It's the biggest jump in user friendly-ness we've seen in a decade. XP was very usable already, Windows 7 is a lot more polished, but it's essentially the same thing. I'm still using a mouse, I'm still using a (mechanical) keyboard based on an ancient design by IBM. I can't wait to get a 300 DPI screen, or two.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2012 on Welcome to the Post PC Era at Coding Horror
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