I got the DVI cable I ordered from Buy.com today and hooked my new 19″ flat panel to the all-digital DVI connector on my video card. I must say, the digital connection makes a load of difference in terms of image quality. Text, graphics, and colors are so much sharper than with the analog connection, and there are almost no “jaggies” now. The brightness and contrast controls are even more effective.
Perhaps the best part is that I now have my old 17″ CRT AND my new 19″ flat panel hooked up at the same time! I have never actually gotten to play with two monitors at once before. It’s fantastic! No more switching back and forth between a tutorial and code. I can have the tutorial open on one monitor and the code on the other. The new flat panel dwarfs the poor little CRT, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with the CRT. It was (and still is) a fantastic monitor. Most of my time will be spent looking at the new kid on the block, but my CRT will probably enjoy many ‘a satisfied nod from me for year to come.
Uncharacteristically, I’m going to steal a link from Jay Atwood’s site. The Bunny Re-Enactment page is just too good to pass up! I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile. I think I like the Titanic spoof the best.