Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Monitor

I bought an SGI 1600SW panel off eBay the other day and it arrived today, all intact. I have not yet hooked it up because I need to do some desk rearrangement.

The 1600SW panel is a 12 year old LCD panel that was made by Silicon Graphics. When they released it, SGI was promoting their Visual Workstation computer line. The Visual Workstations were Intel-based computers running a hacked up version of Windows NT. Those computers never took off, but the LCD panel caught the eye of many people. Twelve years later and it's still a nice display. I like the size, supported resolutions, and the fact that it's not glossy (remember in 1998 we were not in to glossy LCD displays yet).

Being 12 years old isn't the only problem the 1600SW presents. The fact that it came from SGI means there is going to be some sort of "catch" to make it usable. For the 1600SW, you need a special dingus to allow it to connect to a VGA or DVI interface. The 1600SW uses OpenLDI, a wonderful video interface standard that was never adopted anywhere. The panel I bought did come with the dingus (SGI sold them under the name "Multilink Adapter") and the necessary cabling, so I should be in business relatively quickly. The preferred resolution with this display is 1600x1024, so I'm hoping to not run in to problems there.

On an entirely different note, I received an email that Blogger is requiring me to change my blog or lose functionality. So I need to do something about that soon, which may mean changing hosting providers.

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