Favorite Resolution && favorite monitor, sound, video, and capture (retro)

Swift Griggs swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 15:03:23 CDT 2016

On Fri, 1 Apr 2016, Paul Koning wrote:
>> http://www.bytecellar.com/2008/02/13/the_sgi_1600sw/
> It looked like that one, but I'm 98% sure it was plasma, not LCD as that 
> one says it is.

They had a couple of models, I've only ever seen the LCD one, but there 
was another model (if you look close, one has a bit of an amber cast to 
it). That could have been a plasma model. I think it was the one meant to 
work with overhead projectors, but I'm not sure.

> I can't figure out the mirror bit.  Normal practice in the panels I 
> remember was that they had a polaroid filter in the front, partly to cut 
> down on reflections and partly to improve contrast with high ambient 
> light.

The ones I vaguely remember were on very early ruggedized laptops (those 
big brick / nearly-luggable laptops in the style of the Mac Portable). 
Someone at a swap-meet called them "Daylight screens". I think they used 
those a bit in cop-cars for VMDs, too.

> And yes, that technology was later applied to military displays 
> (including in 1k x 1k version, 16 inches high/wide) and early "luggable" 
> PCs.

I had one of those old Compaq Portable III machines for a while. It was 
what I used to drag to conventions in the mid 90's. I didn't have the cash 
for a "real" laptop. I think it has a gas-plasma display on it. It was 
amber, I remember that, at least.


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