why do all of the phones, netbooks and tablet PCs have glossy displays these days?
We were looking at several handheld devices today and for the most part we found the screens useless. The reflections of your face, the lights in the ceiling, the window over your shoulder and any number of other things in the shop made it difficult to find a position to hold the things so that all of the screen was readable. That was just the experience when indoors, I dread to think what the effect is like when outdoors.
By contrast, the shop had a big flat screen TV running and it was easy to see from a wide range of viewing angles.
Sent from a 2 year old Samsung netbook which has matt finish screen, like my old Dell laptop, my old Dell desktop, my Panasonic TV, the screen on my digital camera, the Kindles and almost everything else you need to see easily.
There's a clear plastic cover thingy you can bung on your iPad screen which does really reduce that reflectivity a lot - as well as protecting it from fingerprints, slime, coffee spills etc. Cost me 25 bucks down at the mall's computer gallery but its well worth it.
Sent from a 2 year old Samsung netbook which has matt finish screen, ..............etc,
It's called "Progress"
All the poor darlings that flood out of Uni. and other establishments of higher learning have to prove that they are now putting their Student Loans, or Bursary's, whatever, to good use by inventing something new to justify their existence.
If NOTHING else was invented from now one, we'd quite happily carry on with what we're familiar with, that works, thank you. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Leave stuff alone.
You Can Please Half The People All Of The Time, Or All Of The People Half Of The Time - or something. (with apologies to Abe.L. )
So what's wrong with a Ford Anglia - got you there did'n it ? ( the vacuum windscreen system was a bit naff tho' -stopped working as you accelerated) The DC3 is still fun, and the World is overpopulated and getting worse.
Actually 'accelerated' is a bit of an oxymoron, one could put ones' foot on the accelerator, but acceleration was not something that happened.
Put a shiny object and a similar matt finished one in a cage of chimps and observe which gets the most attention.
So who rules my Life, me or barrel load of monkeys. ( don't answer that, the present Gov't comes to mind)
The problem is we are not really making progress. Much like British Leyland badge engineering in the seventies, we have reached a stage where much of what we are now being encouraged to believe is progress is merely niff naff and nonsense. For example in 1990 I bought a Vauxhall Astra which had a heating system that you could select hot or cold air separately to your feet or the wind screen. Twenty years on I drive a number of hire cars for work and despite many having so called climate control I end you with having my feet either boiling or freezing depending on whether I need hot air to demist the wind screen or cold air to cool my upper body if it's sunny on a cold day. Take a certain computer system I'm cursed with at work, the system it replaced, which after a bit of a shaky start become a really usable work tool. The system we've had foisted on us is fine for social networking and gaming but is a real pain for day to day office tasks. Mobile phones that do every thing but make calls! I suspect that Mr C. M. Kornbluth may have seen it coming in his short story The Marching Morons espcially the bit about Rocket planes.
One of my bigest regrets is that I didn't buy a Ford Anglia I saw for sale in the UK some years ago. It had a 427 V8 inserted under the hood, auto shifter, disc brakes and some other "stuff" and I'm quite sure it would have taken twenty years off my life, one way or another. But I'd have died smiling.