Herbert Sitz

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May
28
comment Does the size of the monitor Matter?
It can't hurt to check but think this is pretty much a non-issue any more. My 3 year old little $300 netbook can drive an external display at 1920x1080. I'll go out on a limb and say any graphics system with specs of 128MB RAM will do 1080p.
May
28
comment Does the size of the monitor Matter?
@admintech: As afrazier said you certainly can't say better graphics card is required merely to "enjoy" the larger monitor. The less expensive graphics card should yield an image that looks just as good. What you gain with more expensive card is mostly speed at processing 3d graphics, which is relevant for gamers but not many other users. I use hdmi from my $500 notebook computer with relatively low-powered graphics to enjoy my 1080p TV just fine.
May
28
comment How to eliminate overscan on Ubuntu HTPC
Norman -- Sorry to be of no help. It seems "Full Pixel" choice in Display Settings is not available for all resolutions or all inputs, but at least one source says it does show up on one Sony TV for 1080p using HDMI: hometheatermag.com/lcds/907sonybrav/index4.html
May
23
comment How to underline a word in Vim?
The :match command given is limited to underlining specific words that you define in the match command. A more general purpose method might be to match words that are written between underscores. For example, any word or phrase written between two underscores would be underlined by the command: ":match /_.*_/" Again, you would have to put the command in .vimrc (or somewhere else) to have it always work in all your files. Also, the particular example given using underscores may not be perfect, but it illustrates the idea.
May
21
comment How can I use my laptop's monitor as my PC's ONLY monitor?
@rob -- Thanks, yes, I just realized Synergy is not at all what he's looking for (and changed my other post). Using ssh client looks like interesting solution, I may try that myself.
May
21
comment How can I use my laptop's monitor as my PC's ONLY monitor?
Synergy (which I mentioned in my separate post) is open source software that works very much like MaxiVista. It's also cross platform so even better in that respect.
May
20
comment Looking for a good simple free/open source photo editor?
Irfanview is great choice for a simple and easy-to-use photo editor. It's editing capabilities aren't as powerful as others, nor are they intended to be, since it's primarily a photo viewer that has grown a few editing abilities as time has gone by.
May
20
comment Looking for a good simple free/open source photo editor?
The Gimp is open source but definitely not simple.
May
17
comment What kind of eye wear can I use to protect my eyes from being irritated from staring at a screen all day?
The CRT/LCD advice is spot on. I sort of assume everybody is working with an LCD these days, but some aren't, and the flicker from CRT displays can cause eyestrain and headaches even if it doesn't appear to the user to be flickering. LCD technology is different, pixels are constantly backlit rather than phosphors that get refreshed many times per second, much better for the eyes.
May
14
comment What's the used software in this animation?
No, things don't necessarily work that way. On the other hand, some effects that are "canned" and made easily producible by some certain piece of software are easily recognizable and give you a clue that often indicates the software that was used to produce the effect. E.g., with Camtasia the particular way it can be set to produce a graphic circle in spots where a mouse button is being clicked make it clear to someone who's aware of it that Camtasia was probably used to produce the video.
May
10
comment Lost left/right cursor keys in VIM insert mode?
@depesz: enabling 'filetype plugin' basically means special functionality may be loaded in buffers for files that have a filename extension that's linked to an available "plugin". The special plugin kay mappings would be loaded only when editing a file of that type, i.e., with that extension in the filename. Disabling all plugins (i.e., what you did) would fix the "problem", or you could also likely avoid the problem by renaming the problematic files to have a different extension. (Or you could uninstall just the SQLComplete plugin, assuming that's the one that's causing the problem.)
May
8
comment Application to open / edit a very large CSV file (500 MB, 4 million records)?
@Giorgi: There must be something extra-unusual about your file. On my wimpy netbook gVim (with no swap file and disabled undo) opens a 750MB test file in about 10 seconds, and jumps from the beginning to the end of 10 million line file are instantaneous.
May
8
comment Application to open / edit a very large CSV file (500 MB, 4 million records)?
@Giorgi: "the only one" out of which? People might be curious to hear the other editors you tried that didn't work.