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[#] Wed Jun 10 2020 08:25:43 EDT from LoanShark

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Early availability of B550's is starting to show up, but the price needs to be around $100. That was supposed to be the whole point.

[#] Sat Jun 27 2020 11:17:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Feh.  I give up.

I bought a "TESmart 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 4-port KVM" for my computers.  It worked for about a day, while all of the computers and the monitor were happy with each other and still sort of remembered how everything was working.  This morning, I sat down to use the computers and only got occasional flickers of the screen, eventually coming up and settling at 1024x768.

I bought it from Shamazon instead of eBay to make sure I could return it if I needed to, and I do.

I think I'm stuck with a USB switch and the input select on the monitor.

[#] Sat Jun 27 2020 14:38:12 EDT from LoanShark

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It's not like these things are hard to build; the one on my surround receiver works fine (although only supports 4K@30 because it's a little older. Newer Sony products support 4K@60.

[#] Sat Jun 27 2020 15:03:06 EDT from LoanShark

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Maybe I got that wrong - might support 4K@60, just not HDR. I never use it because it does have limitations, so I use the TV to select inputs.

[#] Sat Jun 27 2020 17:43:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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What I need is a dumb switch rather than something that tries to spoof the signal in both directions. I've got half a mind to find an old 25-pin parallel printer switch and solder HDMI cables onto it. My monitor uses an uncommon resolution (3440x1440) so the switches just don't know how to deal with it.
If the display is *already running* it manages to do the right thing, but if any component disconnects and it has to re-negotiate the video mode, I get half a minute of flickering followed by it settling in at 1024x768.

I'd probably have better luck with a "true 4K" screen at 3840x2160, but I wanted an ultrawide.

[#] Sat Jun 27 2020 17:57:09 EDT from LoanShark

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True 4K displays are super cheap these days. I have one at the office (which I haven't been to in months because of Covid.) I also work off of 4K at home: I sit down in a butterfly chair, with my laptop in my lap, connected via a USB-C multiport hub to the HDMI input on my 55" LG C9.

The laptop is an Ice Lake running Ubuntu, and the USB-C negotiation still isn't sorted out, which I've posted about ad nauseum in Linux>, but it's working acceptably well at this point.

Anyway, I think my office monitor was probably like a $250 item. My OLED at home, an order of magnitude more, but that's another story.

[#] Fri Jul 03 2020 23:37:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Now that I think about it, I probably could have gotten a 4K (3840x2160) for the same cost as my ultrawide 2K (3440x1440). I really do love my ultrawide though. It has a gentle curve, it hovers over the desk with the pole-mount stand I got for it, and it's just a pleasure to spend the day looking at it.
I don't find myself wishing I had more screen space, like I did with my 1920x1200 (16:10) monitor. I could use the laptop screen as a second display but I don't need it.

So really the only problem is that the oddball resolution continues to confound any KVM switch that I throw at it.

What I really want is for ${work} to get us moved onto VDI so I don't need the work computer except when traveling.

[#] Sat Jul 04 2020 08:42:21 EDT from LoanShark

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The typical 32" 4K display probably requires higher DPI font settings than your ultrawide, for effectively less screen real estate. If I buy a 32" 16:9 display for the home, it would be a 1440p display. Anything 16:9 bigger than 32" is a TV, not a monitor.

[#] Wed Jul 08 2020 12:34:49 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I'm running a 43" 4k monitor. Never could get the hang of a multi-monitor setup.

[#] Thu Jul 09 2020 10:34:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeesssss. She earned it!!!

And while Lisa Su is flying high, MSI CEO Charles Chiang decided to take a flight in the opposite direction, after taking a plummet from the seventh floor of their building in Taiwan. Their PR people said he "passed away due to personal health factors."

I guess you can say that each in their own way, Su and Chiang both had an impact.

[#] Thu Jul 09 2020 16:18:45 EDT from LoanShark

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[#] Sat Jul 25 2020 10:41:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Is the decline of Intel continuing?

It's well known by now that their rollout of 10nm technology was delayed by years as they went down some design dead ends, and their 7nm process was going to be what turned it around. But now the 7nm chips are delayed by a year, possibly two, and word on the street is that they may have to use third-party foundries to get anything to market at all.

Some of those foundries are already tooling up for 5nm, and already taking bookings from Apple, AMD, and other fabless clients.

The next couple of years are going to be interesting. Between Intel's missteps, AMD's current successes, and Apple's switch to ARM, we could be looking at quite a shuffle.

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