getting old. Being part of the baby boomer generation used to mean I was in
every marketer's crosshairs, now the only marketers excited about people my age
come from pharmaceutical, life insurance, and medical device companies. I watch
the Grammy and Country Music Awards and realize I don't know who most of those
artists are, much less listen to their music. More importantly, most of the
music that I hear, usually by accident, is bland, uninspired, over produced
throw-away garbage, which is exactly what my father said about the Beatles. Ifind myself agreeing with Andy Rooney way too often. Like I said hell!
rant? Well, there is a pretty good reason eyesight. Or, to be more specific,
eyesight as it relates to computer monitors. CNET Networks has just installed
some very nice Sony 19-inch LCD monitors at our workstations here at
TechRepublic. I generally like LCD monitors I like the extra screen real
estate that comes with the increased native resolutions (1280 X 1024). However,
the increased resolutions and changes to screen refresh rates means I have to
make some adjustments to the default configuration to accommodate my eyesight,or lack thereof.
You see, I
have old eyes and have to wear eyeglasses to see the text on the screen or anything
else for that matter. And because I spend nearly eight hours a day looking at
that screen, being able to see it without giving myself a migraine headache is
very important. On the possibility that at least a few TechRepublic members are
in the same "aging geek" group as me, (I know there are least a few
out there), I thought I'd mention a little utility I used to adjust my newmonitor.
few of these little programs floating around on the Web, but the one I used is
I downloaded it from the BenchmarkHQ Web site I found using a Google search for
"monitor adjustment utility." Of course, it is also available from
the programmer's site.
This little program is a terrific example of the gems you can find on the Web
when you employ a targeted search. Amateur and part-time programmers often makethe most useful tools.
application is very straight-forward and intuitive. Just start it up and make
adjustments to your monitor as necessary. The most common adjustments I makefor new monitors are:
Geometricalignment (trapezoid, skewing, etc)
I created a
image gallery to show what some of the various screens look like, which
should go along way to explaining what each adjustment does and why it willhelp an "old" man like me see his computer screen better.
Do you have
a little-known, non-professionally produced, but still useful utility or
application that makes your life easier? Share it and give those coders their
props as IT pros we should strive to recognize their contribution toward thequality of our lives.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.