phi (totient) wrote,
phi
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resolutions

No, not New Years resolutions, screen resolutions. Apple has just bumped up the resolutions on their laptops, and it's got me thinking about how I use mine. I've got a 1024x768 display which I use for nearly everything on my laptop, and 1600x1200 displays (sometimes two of them) on my desk at work. I like my 6x10 font, 80 column wide text editors and shell windows, and 500 pixels is also a good width for some of the helper apps I use in development. I have Thunderbird and Gaim set up in the classic sidepane mode which means that they really wants to be about 1000 pixels wide. I've chosen default fonts in my other apps so that they work well at either 500 or 1000 pixels wide, too. It works great at either resolution. But the more I get stuff working well at 1024x768, the less well it works on the 1280x1024 flat screen I've got on my desk at home. Strange -- perhaps it's time to decommission that.
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