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Got myself a new monitor... No, nothing special, just cheap.

jawtheshark (198669) writes | about 2 years ago

User Journal 5

Got myself 58% more screen real estate at 117.99€. The prime condition on a Full HD[*] monitor was that it must have integrated speakers. This is because it saves desk space. That's hard to find in my allocated budget of max. 149€.

Funnily enough, this is exactly the same model as my moms screen which I bought nearly two years ago. 149€ back then. I have cursed myself ever since that day that I didn't buy one for myself.

Got myself 58% more screen real estate at 117.99€. The prime condition on a Full HD[*] monitor was that it must have integrated speakers. This is because it saves desk space. That's hard to find in my allocated budget of max. 149€.

Funnily enough, this is exactly the same model as my moms screen which I bought nearly two years ago. 149€ back then. I have cursed myself ever since that day that I didn't buy one for myself.

The integrated speaker isn't as great as the ones in my old Fujitsu-Siemens C17-2, but more than sufficient for the occasional youp...I mean youtube video.

On a related note, I start to have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now.

[*] As much as I'd love to have a 2560x1440 monitor, there is no way I want to spend 400€++ on a monitor.

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have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41205937)

Won't you be... my neighbor? I collect more hand-me-downs than the Salvation Army. With my limited floor space, the stack is getting pretty high. The house is a giant Tetris game. The trick is to keep it presentable to guests.

Re:have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 2 years ago | (#41207329)

That Tetris game is harder when you have a wife... As my sig indicates, I'm a dumpster diver. So, I take what I can get. Monitors were and are hard to get. Back with the CRT-LCD switch days, you could get a good CRT from time to time. A few years ago, the occasional 1024x768 LCD started to show up. Now I have two "spare" 1280x1024" monitors. Technically, those were not dumpster-sourced: the monitor, I just replaced and one of my mother in laws monitors. The latter has a scratch about 0.5cm long in the 1/4 upper part of the screen. It's annoying, but not annoying enough to make it unusable.

I'm sure I'll find a use for them. I always find a use. My original (back in the day, over 1500$ expensive) LCD screen at 1024x768, is still in use for the occasional console work on my parents server.

Re:have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 2 years ago | (#41209107)

Find a plastic polishing kit. Depending on the depth of the scratch, it should come right out.

Re:have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 2 years ago | (#41211983)

Toothpaste? ;-) I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the idea.

Re:have quite a few "spare" LCD screens now (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 2 years ago | (#41217071)

Something like this [scaleautoworks.com] .

It uses grits of sandpaper from ~3600 up to ~12000 or more, then a paste/wax that is an even higher grit. Learned about this when I used to build scale models. The kinds for auto headlights don't appear to use enough different grits for me to trust a computer screen to them but may be a cheaper alternative.

IIRC, this method was developed by various militaries. Turns out the plastic (lexan??) cockpits on modern planes get 'foggy'. Rather than buying new, they are periodically polished. That may be apocryphal.

FWIW, I've used (ok, my brother, who is better at this stuff than I am) a paint polishing setup on the windshield of my motorcycle. It was rendered optically clear. The only difference is that the scratches on it were very, very fine, not the (likely) visible one you are trying to repair.

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