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Is it just me, or is it freezing outside? Suddenly, we’ve jumped from Fall – right into Winter. It’s not officially Winter yet! Why the heck is it so cold?! Is this another one of those “getting old” symptoms? Well, whatever. At least crappy weather gives me a great reason to stay inside and see what’s going on inside of both Lockergnome and Geeks.

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How to Better Calibrate Your Monitor

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When you see and hear the testing for the Emergency Broadcasting System on tv, how do you know those colors are really the right colors? Maybe your tv or monitor isn’t displaying them correctly. How do you test your monitor screen? You want the colors to be as true-to-life as possible, right? Why not run a series of tests to check your monitor?

You can check your colors, gradience and many other things with these free tests. This will allow you to truly get the most of the colors available to you, and make sure that you have the highest quality possible.

It’s simple to use, and will help you tweak your screen with ease. I’m sure you know of other utilities we can make use of, so I hope you’ll pass them along to us!

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How Do You Clean Your LCD Screens?


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Spit-shining is probably not the best way to clean your monitor. That would be disgusting. How often, if at all, do you clean your screen? What do you use to clean your LCD screen? If you’re looking for something different that works well, I have found something for you. The La Fresh Tech Pack is a great way to clean all of your gear.

Users beware. These ain’t your average geek-approved tech accessories. The Tech Pack by La Fresh contains 3 types of on-the-goer-worthy road-tested products that are designed to enhance your performance while working on your digital gadgets.

No, they will not make your computers roll any faster. We are talking about a more basic and practical solution to help you focus on added productivity.

Instantly take care of cleaning needs for all your gadgets, glasses, and hands with the Tech Pack!

I’ve used several different types of screen wipes in the past. What I love the most about this Pack is the fact that it comes with gadget wipes, hand wipes and glasses wipes. It works really well, and you’ll end up needing each of those at some point. They worked so well on my glasses, I saw things in my office that I didn’t even know were there!

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Screen Color Correction with Pantone Huey Pro

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Red has been my favorite color pretty much since birth. Color is important. Your computer monitors may be displaying color properly, but if you’re in a room that has light which isn’t complimentary to your screen… the color will be “off”. This can be a huge factor if you’re editing videos or something similar. I’ve always thought the color in my videos were fine. I mean… red looks red, and blue looks blue. So when a community member suggested I try this product, I was skeptical.

PANTONE huey Pro is designed for calibrating and profiling all types of monitors – LCD and CRT. Each individual package includes a huey measurement device (emission only colorimeter) with ambient measurement capabilities, and software for monitor calibration. huey corrects the color on your monitor so photos and designs print more accurately, game graphics are more intense and movies are more true–to–life. Easy–to–use right out of the box, huey adapts your monitor for changing room lighting and applies your personal preferences for viewing accurate color all of the time.

You install the software, then answer a few questions. You then affix the huey to the monitor, and it makes a recommendation for you. Once it had changed my settings, I was blown away. At first, I couldn’t believe it. I had thought my colors were fine before this. I walked away for a few minutes. When I came back, it just seemed so natural and amazing. I flipped back to my old color setup, and was shocked at the difference. I don’t want to say it was “night and day”… but it was very noticeable. I’m astounded at the huge difference… for the GOOD… huey made on my system.

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One Big Monitor or Two Smaller Screens

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The first time I ever plugged a second monitor into my system, it was interesting. Of course, issues arose… as is usually the case with anything new. Having two monitors in many cases is better than one. I had an email the other day, asking me if I would suggest using one large monitor… or two smaller ones.

I would go with two separate monitors any day, over one large one. Having two monitors can cause issues, as I said. Some of your software may run differently. Your computer may need to have minor configurations made to it. It can be a headache to get correct… but it’s well worth it. On one monitor, I have my email and work open. On the other monitor, I have all my “widgets”… for IRC, IMs, RSS feeds, etc. It makes it a lot easier for me to keep things organized, and be more efficient with my work.

You’ll actually have more “screen real estate” within two 17″ monitors side-by-side than what you would have with one huge screen. As I said, this can help you stay much more organized. Having one monitor made things too cramped, and too jumbled. I had to search for things, or keep them hidden when running.

What do you all think? Is dual cool? Or is it better to stick with one monitor?

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USB Display Adapter for VGA or DVI Monitors

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We’ve talked before about having more than one monitor. If you have two monitors, but only one video card… it can get quite expensive to buy another card. Well, now you don’t have to!

Lewis wrote to me from SewellDirect. They have a device that can save you money, and make use of any available USB port on your computer! With the USB to DVI External Video Card, you can easily connect more than one monitor, while having only one onboard video card.

The USB to DVI supports up to six simultaneous displays, including widescreen displays, extending your desktop and your horizons. Adding a quality DVI or VGA high resolution display through your USB port used to be science fiction. It is now science fact with the USB to DVI-I adapter. With onboard memory and video processor, it is really an external video card you attach to your computer with a USB cable.It used to be that you could add a display via a USB port, but the refresh rate and video quality was lacking. With this USB to DVI display adapter, complete with VGA adapter, you can add either a DVI or VGA display that behaves just like a monitor connected to a standard video card. It operates at a high resolution of 1600 x 1200.

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I Want to Buy a Monitor

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Buying a computer monitor isn’t an easy task. There is more to consider than just how big it is. Bigger isn’t *always* better. Here are some tips for you to help when you’re thinking of purchasing a new monitor.

Hi Chris, its Mool from the chat, and here are my top five tips for buying a new monitor 🙂

  • Know what you want. Your choice of monitor should depend on what you are doing. While LCD monitors tend to be larger and thinner (obviously), they sometimes lack respond time and overall quality of image. if you are a gamer, you may have to dish out a few extra bucks to get a monitor that is big but also can suit your graphical and speed needs. If you are just a generic user, and don’t do all the graphical stuff, you can sacrifice some resolution and speed, although i wouldn’t recommend dropping off too much quality in your choice, as you may wind up liking your old CRT monitor better.
  • Bigger isn’t always better. You may think when buying a monitor nowadays is all about size, but your wrong. The bigger you go, the more graphical power you are going to need, and sometimes the resolution suffers. Find the balance between size and resolution that works best for you and your style.
  • Brand names aren’t always the way to go. When going to buy things like computers and accessories, people tend to stay with big names, which isn’t always necessary. Small name companies usually have cheaper equipment, and it usually isn’t that far below brand-name qualities. You can get a larger, nicer generic monitor for the same price as a smaller, slightly higher resolution monitor from a brand name company.
  • Make sure your graphics card can support the monitor. This is probably the most important thing to do before you go out and make a purchase, as if you have a lower intensity graphics card, the larger monitors will not get up to the full resolution allowed. I made this mistake and now I have a 22″ monitor on second best settings, which isn’t bad, but could be much better. You want to get the best resolution set for your computer, so you aren’t stuck with blurry text and pixelated images.
  • Research before you buy. Before you go and honk out a couple hundred dollars for a new screen, read reviews submitted by people who have bought it before you. These reviews can have vital information on glitches in the product, or problems that have happened to them. You can find these reviews on many of the sites you may purchase these from, like Best Buy or Circuit City, whom i have personally seen to let customers write their own reviews. if you cant find it on any of those sites, use your google-fu and there is sure to be some one to have written a review on it.

Those are 5 basic tips to use before you go out and get yourself a shiny new monitor. Enjoy 😛

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OS X Multi-Monitor Setup

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I’ve been using the dual 30″ monitors with my Vista machine, hooked up with Dual Link DVI cables. Someone in chat suggested I use one of them for the MacBook Pro. With these new MBP’s, it’s quite easy. Just plug in one of the DVI cables, and off you go… or so I thought.

Setting up the dual screens with OS X was much different than it is in Windows. It is pretty elemental… almost TOO much so. I’ll get to that in a minute, though. When I plugged the cable into the MacBook Pro, it was automatically recognized. It automatically recognized the display, the colors, everything. Out of the box, Mac OS X handles dual monitors better than Windows: you can set screen-specific wallpaper images by default without any extra software. Just choose “Set Desktop Background,” and a panel appears on each screen to configure them separately.

Then… I ran into problems. I was over-thinking things, I admit it. The Menu bar was still showing up on the MBP, and I didn’t want it to. I wanted it on the big screen. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to move it, and Google wasn’t being my friend. So, I turned to my chat room. LifeJustIs2007, Protocol and a few others started looking around. LifeJustIs found the answer for me, and it was exceedingly simple, I had to laugh.

It’s easy to move your menu bar from one monitor to the other: just click and drag it to any side of either monitor to make it stick.

Uh yeah. It really was that simple. So now that it’s all set up, I think I’m going to keep it this way. I have one sweet 30″ screen for the Windows machine, and one right next to it for my MacBook Pro. Jealous yet? I know… I’m a lucky man. These are just awesome to use, and I’m very grateful to have them.

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Tips for Buying a Monitor


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A couple of my friends joined me to discuss their tips and tricks when looking to purchase a new monitor. Size is important, yes. However, there are several other things you should keep in mind.

Jason is a gamer, so he is more interested in the response time of a particular monitor. The formal definition characterizes response time as the time it takes for an LCD pixel to change from completely active black to inactive white then back again. For now, to view your games at their best, look for a monitor with the fastest time possible; it does matter. Keep in mind that display quality is also important, so look for a high contrast ratio and small dot pitch coupled with a powerful graphics card to give you the best view possible.

Kat has something different in mind. She has serious trouble with her eyes, despite wearing glasses. Since she works from home on her computer, and does a lot of volunteer work online, she spends many hours a day in front of her monitor. For Kat, it’s all about size. Good contrast is also important to her to help prevent eye strain.

For me, there are a few things I look for in a monitor:

  • Color of the Bezel The Bezel is the plastic case that surrounds the actual monitor. If all of your components are silver, you aren’t going to want a green Bezel on your monitor.
  • Type of connection availableI lucked out when I bought Ponzi’s new monitor. It happened to have a VGA connection. Thankfully, Ponzi’s computer also had one. Do your research, and make sure you know what kind of connections are available on your computer for the monitor to plug into.
  • Be aware of your desktop footprint. Make sure you have room on your desk or workspace for the monitor you are wanting to buy. This is especially important when looking for a second monitor, such as I have.

What things are important to you when buying a new monitor? Leave me a comment, or send me an email to [email protected] to let us know!

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LCD Monitor Problems


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Vince has a 17″ wide screen LCD monitor, and an NVIDIA graphics card. Windows update detected a graphics card update and installed it. Suddenly, Vince no longer has his native resolution option for his monitor.

Vince normally ran at a 1280×720 resolution. For some odd reason, this is no longer available. He’s wondering whether he should just stay with the lower resolution, or roll back the driver to the earlier version. Dude, don’t stay with it! LCD monitors were designed to run at one resolution… and one only. If you run them at anything lower, your picture won’t be as clear. There are a couple of things you can try:

1. Check the Gateway site to see if there are any newer updates for your monitor. Yes… I said your monitor. Not your graphics card. The information needed to detect your resolution comes from the monitor’s .inf files, not from your graphics card. Those are two separate things. Now, I’m not saying it could NOT have happened, and I’m not saying that the updates or Vista aren’t to blame. It’s hard to tell at this point.

2. If you have the CD for the monitor that came with the computer, try reinstalling that. The needed .inf files could somehow be corrupted or missing.

3. If neither of these work, then I would definitely try rolling back the update. Your monitor needs to be running at the resolution it was designed for.

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