Re: best config

Russ Coffman (
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 21:23:48 -0500

>Note that You need a 17" monitor for 1024x768, and 20" or 21" for
>1200x1000 and bigger. And the graphics card must be able to drive
>this screen with at least 70 hz on the highest resolution and color
>depth !!!

Or, if you have a Mac, just plug in another old 14" monitor or two in
addition to yer 17" - plenty of real estate to do CU and whatever else at
the same time. Color depth > 16 bits just slows you down - don't bother.
Grayscale may be sufficient for most. Most Power Macs already have two video
ports (even my now-ancient 7100), so all you need is an old (cheap) monitor.
I happen to have a Radius VVS card, so that gave me three video ports. Two
14" monitors I picked up for $50 each plus my 17" gives me a LOT of display
space for pocket change. I usually have CU on the biggie, browser on #2, and
mail or network monitors on #3. That's CU and surfin' as it was meant to be
- definitely the luxo "best config." And of course, no need to restart if
you need to change color depth and/or resolution on any or all of them -
that would be SOOO primitive... yecch.

Don't try this on a Windoze system until Gates copies this feature. Where do
you want to go tomorrow? Maybe to this basic Mac feature from *1987*. :)

Oh - and while I CU, my VVS grabs frames from my TV and SiteCam grabs frames
from the QuickCam and ftp's them to my website every five minutes. That
leaves my built-in video port free for something else when I think of it. :)
ISDN helps, of course. Three simultaneous video inputs, three monitors, and
still two slots free for whatever - just yer basic plug'n'play Mac, no
anachronistic text files to diddle with or DLL and IRQ conflicts to resolve!
Save any lesser systems for spreadsheets and other simple office stuff.

Russ Coffman
Mac Network & Support Guy
Graphics, Animation, Video
Windows 98 - now with NO SOLDERING REQUIRED!
The cost of maintaining primitive Windoze systems is somewhere in the price
of everything you buy.