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Subject:Monitors and car chains
Time:11:13 am
Two things:

(1) I'm thinking of buying a new monitor. My current setup is two 1600x1200 20" monitors side-by-side-- I use the same setup at work. I'm thinking about switching both to one larger monitor. Currently, I'm thinking of the Dell 27" with a resolution of 2560x1440. It's an IPS monitor, which means that it has a huge color gamut-- that's important for me at home, but I couldn't care less at work.

Thoughts?

(2) We had a car stolen out of our garage while I was at BARGE. There's a giant concrete pole in the garage right next to my car, and I have a chain with a padlock wrapped around the pole from when I had a motorcycle parked down there.

It occurred to me the other day that my car has nice sturdy tow hooks. Is there any reason that I couldn't or shouldn't chain my car to the pole in much the same way that I would a bike? I'm guessing most car thieves wouldn't carry bolt cutters, and/or would be likely to just try some other car.
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prock
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Time:2012-08-09 06:33 pm (UTC)
Jeff Atwood agrees, what more validation do you need!?!

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/07/the-ips-lcd-revolution.html
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-09 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wow. The import-a-Korean-monitor deal is screamin' good. For half the price, I might do that. Or I may go up to $600 for a 30".

Edited at 2012-08-09 07:50 pm (UTC)
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clutch_c
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Time:2012-08-09 06:34 pm (UTC)
Well, if the thief doesn't notice the chains, gets in and tries to drive away, it could do some damage to your car.

I can't remember for sure, but don't you have an older PT Cruiser? That car is already pretty theft resistant, in the sense that most other cars will be more profitable to steal.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2012-08-09 07:52 pm (UTC)
Much like gun owners are more likely to shoot a family member than a burglar, I suspect it's more likely that whipartist forgets about the chain, drives away, and damages the car. I've seen more than one person do this on a motorcycle with a disk brake lock.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-09 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've done that with a disc lock, which is why I stopped using them. I once did it with a cable lock that went through the back wheel and across the seat. This is why I don't do mornings.

A "remove before flight" ribbon in the ignition works pretty well.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2012-08-09 09:25 pm (UTC)
Then I would not recommend chaining your car to a concrete pillar. You could bring the whole place down on top of yourself.
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crayonbeam
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Time:2012-08-10 02:50 am (UTC)
My first thought on reading the post was about reminding YOU to unchain more than if I thought it would deter thieves.

I use a baby seat as a theft deterrent. Nothing with this many spilled Cheerios could be profitable.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-09 07:55 pm (UTC)
I do, 2005 PT Cruiser convertible. And yeah.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-08-10 01:49 am (UTC)
I like IPS panels, and, of course, my 27" iMac (2560x1440) is an IPS panel, and is gorgeous to look at. I highly dislike the trend of HDTVs for computer monitors, because they have virtually no vertical height to them, in my opinion.

I don't know if you have a good color calibration system set up, but the X-Rite ColorMunki system is good. If you want better, then the X-Rite (formerly MacBeth) i1 Publish Pro is exceedingly good. I use the previous version of it at work, and the results from creating a good color workflow with it are topnotch.

(If you're getting spiffy new good displays, you may as well go hog wild. :) )
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-10 01:52 am (UTC)
I have an old Gretag Macbeth calibrator, I think an i1 Display 2. It's perfectly good for my purposes.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-08-10 01:55 am (UTC)
Does it do just displays, or does it also do printer calibration and profiling?

If it doesn't do the printer as well, you may consider an upgrade, but if most of your color output is through a vendor, well, then you're still set. :)
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-10 02:06 am (UTC)
It only does displays, but I've rented printer calibrators and found that they weren't really worth the time and energy over and above using generic device + paper profiles. In fact, the ones I did by hand were worse.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-08-11 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes printer profiles work out fantastic, and sometimes everything turns out brown.

Color management on computers is still not really very well done, in my opinion.

Is the 30" screen you're getting better than 2560x1440 resolution?
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-11 03:46 am (UTC)
2560x1600
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pokarpokarpokar
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Time:2012-08-10 04:28 pm (UTC)
the koreans are selling the identical panel but at slightly lower grade at very low prices. achieva, catleap, etc. You could buy two of them at less than what the dell runs.

Oh, and you can overclock the refresh rate on them slightly.

On some versions, you can overclock them to 120hz+
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bellaballanda
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Time:2012-08-10 09:25 pm (UTC)
We had a whole shipment of the 27" Dells at my office and had to send back half of them for issues. Check the manufacture date. late 2010/early 2011 had some bad shipments. We've not had problems with the replacements with manufacture dates not in that time frame.
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