Going Wide

Last March, I got a new monitor for my birthday. As the old Dell 15-inch was still working well, I was reluctant to set up the new one. Add to that that I didn’t expect it to work, and techno-fear set in, big time. It has sat in its box ever since, behind my chair in the ‘office’. Julie kept reminding me that it will be out of guarantee in January 2019, and that I ought to set it up. I kept thinking of excuses not to do it, but after being around the house for most of this week feeling ill, I thought this was a good time to bite the bullet, and open the box.

As I feared, it came with an HDMI cable. I don’t have an HDMI input on my PC, which is now almost seven years old. But after looking carefully at the back of the new monitor, I did find a connection for the VGA cable that I was using on the Dell. Naturally, the new one didn’t come with any instructions. Instead, it had a CD, which of course you cannot view if your monitor is disconnected! So I just decided to try the cable anyway. Success!

I am now the proud user of a high-definition, Hewlett-Packard 24-inch widescreen monitor. I viewed some of my photos on it, and they certainly look a lot better than on the old dot-matrix style screen. Then I watched some high-definition video trailers, and they looked amazing, filling the screen.
As you can see from the photo, (which can be enlarged) it rather dominates the large desk. But I don’t mind one bit.

68 thoughts on “Going Wide

        1. My monitor was 19 years old, passed on to me by a friend. There was nothing wrong with it, but the screen was the old ‘bobbly’ type, and resolution was low. This new one was quite good value at ยฃ120, and bought for me as a gift, by my wife. No complaints! ๐Ÿ™‚
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Yay!! Welcome to the world of technology!! (I say, as though I live in it!) I would be useless without someone else talking me through pretty much everything I do on the interweb… But, practice makes perfect… Right?? PLEASE TELL ME THAT’S RIGHT! ๐Ÿ˜…

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    1. Er… I still NEVER expect anything to work, Nicole. I get seriously excited when I switch something on, and it actually comes on. That’s as good as it gets, in my world of pen and paper. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Pete, I still use my old (and small) Envision flatscreen monitor that I purchased in 2002. As for my PC, it’s a crappy ASUS that I bought in 2013 (the CD/DVD drive failed within a year). I do have a small flatscreen TV on the wall, but I cancelled the cable nearly a decade ago, and it has never been set up for over-the-air broadcast, so it’s used strictly for watching films on DVD/Blu-Ray. I’ve never had anything but the simplest cell phone ($15/month). I think it’s an electronics desert around here. But that sort of goes along with the terrain.

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    1. I have a ยฃ15 a month contract on a rather dated smartphone, and my PC is almost seven years old now, so almost considered to be ‘obsolete’. I probably wouldn’t have got the new monitor, but I had no idea what else to ask for, when it was my birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. I am still recovering from the shock that it actually worked!
      To celebrate, I ordered an Amazon 10-inch Fire Tablet, so I can read all the e-books I have stored up. It will be ready for your new novel too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. My new laptop (Dell) doesn’t have a great screen – not anywhere near as good as my recently deceased Samsung and I find photos look dreadful on it, so I don’t know how much editing I need to do. I have a nice large Dell monitor, but the monitor only has a serial cable and the laptop a HDMI connection ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I was going to buy a new disk and Windows 10 for the Samsung, but maybe a new HDMI monitor could be the way. Or maybe there is a HDMI to Serial cable thingummy. I shall have to investigate prices. Enjoy your new large screen Pete ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I phoned up to ask about an HDMI to USB adapter. But the guy in the computer repair shop told me they are not compatible. He said to use the VGA connector. This high-def screen is really good, but not up to Apple standards. Then again, it’s a fraction of the price of Apple. I have a Lenovo laptop ‘in reserve’, but never use it. (Yet)
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Sorry to hear that you are unwell, old friend. You, me, and chuq, all ill at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I have lost the high temperature, but still feel congested and lethargic. I hope you improve soon.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. My iMac has a wide monitor too which I need for my photo work, mine is old now too but still going strong. Congrats on getting it set up, wasn’t that hard was it? ๐Ÿ˜Š you and Phil are as bad as each other with computer tech! 9 months is procrastination gone mad BTW! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. It wasn’t hard, once I realised it had the VGA port. If it was HDMI only, I would have been in trouble. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Because it is HP, like my computer, it also synched immediately, using the CD supplied.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Any larger than I have now because my house is small would leave no room for my books and that is unacceptable…LOL I have a total of 3 laptops mostly Acer plus my tablet for when I need to get out and about and always a smartphone along for the ride my mind needs access at all times…I know it is a sickness, right? LOL chuq

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    1. I knew about the BWP in Belgium. It has some influence, but about as much as the Far Right in that country. The main problem is the division of the country, with French speakers and Flemish speakers. Unity is always going to be difficult there.

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  5. I must dig out my old monitor one of these days as I seem to have become glued to my laptop.
    To think that I bought a 24 inch screen back in 2002, costing over a grand, its good to know that it still works, but I should probably try and get some more of my monies worth out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Wow, that monitor looks amazing. I do all my work blogwise and youtube wise (lol…yes I know those arenโ€™t words) on my Ipad which is connected to a keypad. This looks seriously awesome though. Speaking of keyboards: I like yours, love the colour! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Glad that it’s working out for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Michel. It’s going well so far. Compared to the 20-year old Dell monitor, it’s like IMAX!
      My keyboard is specially designed for people with bad eyesight, and also has larger than normal keys. The yellow background makes it much easier to see when typing, and the slightly larger keys give more of a ‘typing’ experience than flat keyboards. It cost me ยฃ24.50. This is the second one I have had, as the first one had ‘sticking keys’ after almost 18 months of use. This one will probably develop the same issues in time, as I tend to ‘hammer’ the keys rather too much. ๐Ÿ™‚ (By the way, the new monitor isn’t that expensive. It cost ยฃ120, which I think is a good price.)
      https://www.icswretail.co.uk/geemarc-big-letter-keyboard-yellow-on-black
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Haha…I can imagine it being almost like Imax๐Ÿ˜‚ It certainly looks amazing. Well..shockingly, I don’t own a computer ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… I only have my trusty Ipad (it’s the big one, the Ipad pro) and since I have my keyboard for it, I have not really missed not owning a computer ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
        Maybe when I’m moving into my own place eventually next year, things for that wil change ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
        Okay, I didn’t even know that there were keyboards like that, but it really looks awesomely cool! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
        As for keyboards in general…I don’t even want to know how many germs there are on the ones that I use at work lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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        1. I have a PC because of price. This set up was reasonably cheap in 2012, and half the price now.
          It’s a good idea to use your pad with a keyboard. Those on-screen keyboards are so sensitive, and not very satisfying to type on. The latest i-pad pro costs over ยฃ1,000 here, plus the cost of an add-on keyboard. For that money, I could buy three complete HP tower systems with the same processing power as the one I use now. But of course, they are not portable! ๐Ÿ™‚
          (I have just ordered an Amazon Fire Tablet, with a 10-inch screen. I want it to read my Kindle books on, and it only cost ยฃ100, which is far cheaper than a Kindle Paperwhite book reader. My present to myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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          1. Whoa ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Really? That is extremely expensive indeed. Yeah if that would have been the price here, I would never have bought one that’s for sure. That is just absolutely crazy.
            Nice one Pete! That is definitely a great present to give your self! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠAnd at the same time a very reasonable price as well ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. We have got to the stage where we don’t really need anything. So when it is time to give each other presents, we tend to ask for things that are ‘useful’. I asked for the monitor, so I could see my photos better presented on screen. But then I got scared of being able to set it up properly, so didn’t open it for nine months. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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