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The new monitor has its ups and downs (I think I've fixed the driver conflict), but one of the ups is definitely the automatic portrait mode. I just turn the screen 90°, and the screen magically reorients itself. Really, I have no idea how it is done. It must be magic.

In this mode, the monitor seems very tall indeed, and things don't fall off the bottom nearly as quickly. This is glorious when writing, since pages are never as wide as they are tall, and words flow naturally from top to bottom, with a decent line length.

There's a quirk of portrait mode, though, that I just discovered tonight. When the screen loads a new Web page, it normally rewrites lines from top to bottom. Your eyes do not notice this; the refresh is scanning too quickly. But in portrait mode, the refresh happens from right to left, against the grain of your eye's movement across the page. You can see the refesh, just barely, and the page load makes a tiny flicker as you turn the pages of the Internet.

I love this — even the direction is just like a book. Flip. Flip. Riffle — fffffffp.

The Internet sure has a lot of pages.

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ex_butterfl246
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Like a book -- that's so cool!
the_monkey_king
Jan. 8th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
It's one of those little things that amuses me way more than seems reasonable.

I like it when tech does something subtle, rather than the flashy stuff.
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