I was looking at my desk today and reminiscing about what it looked like when I had it made. It was 1986 and I had been in my new home a little over a year. I was poor but had finally saved enough money to create my study which included some custom shelves and the desk in this picture. I have a friend that is a craftsman. He’s really a structural engineer and artist with wood. You should see the shelves he made me.
As I recall those days, I had a Viewsonic and a NEC 17″ monitor sitting on the back corners of the desk. However, those monitors were huge in comparison and took up probably one forth of the surface area of the desk, maybe more.
Today, 20 years later, the desk is still awesome and and the display technology is superb. Click the picture on the right for a larger view. Now I have a 19″ analog LCD on the left, a 24″ Widescreen digital LCD in the middle, and a 20″ digital LCD on the right. All three are less than a month old and made by Dell.
No I didn’t go crazy and buy three LCD’s in one night. The 19″ E197FP came with a machine I purchased for my mother-in-law. She got my 17″ Samsung LCD and a wicked fast Core Duo desktop.
The 20″ 2007FP on the right was a replacement for an ailing 2001FP I purchased two years ago, but was under warranty. Make sure when you buy an expensive component like this, that you think through the usage. When you get a monitor with a machine, the warranty for the monitor is the same as the package.
The 24″ 2407WFP in the middle was a purchase I made last week and it is an utter pleasure. It will spoil you because it is very bright and clear. I set the brightness at 25 during the day, and 0 at night. I’ve been wanting this monitor for a while. I was hopeful to catch one of those 20% discounts but instead I jumped on the 15% promotion price. I added a year to the three year warranty so it’s covered for four years.
I routinely have five to six machines hooked to the monitors. Multitasking to the max. The 19″ console is for my SBS server and corporate network download machine. The big boy is for gaming, work, email, etc. Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 at 1920×1200 is a joy on it. The 20″ is usually playing MCE stuff so if you look close, you’ll see Ghost Whisperer starting.
Now you know what the bridge of my Starship looks like and where I get my stuff done. Wow. What a change 20 years has made. The poor iPod crowd has no idea what they missed. Hell, they probably don’t even know what CRT means.
What’s next for the next 20 years? Should be fun.