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Review: Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor – U3415W

So first thing to say is I have been using Dual monitors for a long time, so long that when I try to get work done on a single monitor I feel I am easily half as productive.

I implemented dual monitors in my office at work and now no employee would have it any other way. It was the cheapest way to increase productivity I have found in business.

All of that said, this monitor is very large but it is not at all the same experience that using dual monitors gives you. Many things change when you replace dual monitors with a large single. 

For me I have replaced (at least for the time being) two Dell U2412m – So 2 – 24" monitors replaced by one 34".

The curve that is a huge piece of this monitor is interesting but really it is also slightly annoying when used for a work environment – but for movies and games it is quite nice to have the "more immerse feel" to the monitor.

Here is something else you need to know before buying any new monitor these days. CHECK YOUR CONNECTORS – You might be amazed that many of the new monitors have done away with DVI or they have gone to very different connectors, so check them before you move everything off your desk only to find that your new monitor or your computers video card will not support the insane DPI these new monitors can produce.

I will admit I in no way miss the typical most annoying feature of using dual monitors, that of the place the two meet in the middle. What I do miss but I feel will resolve itself as I make my way through re-sizing each application is how you can snap or re-size on dual monitors with much less issues than this monitor. 

Dell does include an interesting monitor control manager application that allows you to set up per app many aspects of how the monitor will work – to include – regional zone re-sizing and monitor mode changes for items like movies, Games etc.

Basically the monitor is supposed to understand what you are doing and adapt to your applications and what you are doing.

More to come as I use it for the next several weeks. 

If you have questions fee free to ask them.

#dell  +Michael Dell  #dellmonitor   #U3415W  

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Reddit users were asked “What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?” And…

Reddit users were asked “What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?” And one former sailor’s response is so incredible we had to share it.

We usually only write about Alabama-related things, so let’s just assume this took place aboard one of the Alabama-built Littoral Combat Ships.

I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officers lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the outboard side of the ship, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the portholes putting a big bright-a** circle of light right on his barely conscious face. He’s squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It’s painful to watch.

But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the bridge. In his well-known I’m-still-totally-asleep voice, he says ‘heeeey. It’s OPS. Could you… shift our barpat… yeah, one six five. Thanks.’ And puts the phone down. And then he just sits there. Squinting. Waiting.

And then, ever so slowly, I realize that that big blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off the zombie’s face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I’ve just witnessed begins to overwhelm me. By ordering the bridge to adjust the ship’s back-and-forth patrol by about 15 degrees, he’s changed our course just enough to reposition the sun off of his face. He’s literally just redirected thousands of tons of steel and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel. I am in awe.

He slowly picks up his bagel and for a moment I’m terrified at the thought that his own genius may escape him, that he may never appreciate the epic brilliance of his laziness (since he’s not going to wake up for another hour). But between his next bites he pauses, looks at me, and gives me the faintest, sly grin, before returning to gnaw slowly on his zombie bagel.


Now this is truly amazing…. I feel extra small in our universe today

NASA recently released a 1.5 billion pixel image of the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbor, which contains over 100 million stars and spans more than 40,000 light years – and that’s just a section of the galaxy.

This image, created from a mosaic of 411 Hubble pictures, was then used by YouTuber daveachuk to create this incredible fly-through video. Combined with gorgeous music from the band Koda, it’s an awe-inspiring – and humbling – experience.

#nasa   #hubblespacetelescope  

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