Saturday, March 21, 2015

14 million pixels for my Sit/Stand/Walk/Flowerpot desk

A shuffle at the office freed up my old (pre-millenial) Dell 20" monitor, which I have added to the SSWF desk. It's the fifth monitor for the desk all scavenged from other sources, so a bit rag-tag.  I'm well past the point where one Linux computer, with the horrible video driver support Linux has from graphics chip vendors, can easily run all the monitors.  So my main desktop runs three of them, two for tasks and the third for task tracking, and the Roku runs one for baseball via MLB.tv.  Interestingly, the MLB.tv Roku app replaces the commercials with a pause screen, whereas the MLB.tv Flash app, in addition to being so horribly buggy and poorly written that I have literally never watched a complete baseball game without a crash or glitch, disables the controls at each commercial break to force you to watch inserted commercials while you are trying to watch a baseball game you already paid for via subscription.  I'm not sure if that's a technical oversight or they just haven't figured out yet how to get paid for the ads on Roku.  Anyway, for now the baseball is better on Roku than on the web.


The fifth monitor, in this picture the top left one, is hooked up to a Windows computer for watching Windows-only content (forgive us, rms, our sins).  The two top monitors are mounted with Vitek VT-LCD/PMT pole mounts, and use spacers to ensure clearance from the pole.  After a bunch of hassle with the third monitor, I wised up and added the Ergotron 60-589-060 Quick Release LCD bracket: "Perfect for fast-paced financial environments and other mission critical operations where every second of display functionality matters."  It's also perfect for letting you install a mount to a pole over your head without that mount already being screwed to ten pounds of monitor.  I used HP quick release brackets for the big monitors, and it would be nice if they were all the same, but  these are cheaper.  Note that the Samsung TV, with a wide bezel at the bottom, has to be mounted upside-down in order to have the clearance to tilt down; Linux and Windows both handle upside-down monitors but Roku does not.



Total pixel count:

MonitorWidthHeightTotal
HP 30" 2560 1600 4,096,000
Dell 30” 2560 1600 4,096,000
Dell 20" 1600 1200 1,920,000
Samsung 23” TV 1920 1080 2,073,600
Insignia 1280 720 921,600
Galaxy Nexus 720 1280 921,600
Total     14,028,800

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