Nov 162013
 

Internet shopping giant Amazon is currently selling the Seiki Digital 39-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV for only $519.99 with free two day shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member. Additionally, the item qualifies for 6-month interest free financing. If you can bump up your order to over $600 with qualifying items (which seems to be almost anything from Amazon) then you can apply for 12-month interest free financing.

As a coder, the 3840 x 2160 resolution — “4k” because 3,840 is nearly 4,000 — offered by a 4K monitor can boost my productivity significantly since I can have many coding tool windows open and visible at one time without overlap. With smaller monitors, digging through open windows can take lots of time over the course of a day and each time I have to shuffle through windows is an opportunity to become distracted.

The 39-inch Seiki television monitor is limited to 30Hz refresh rates at 4k resolutions due to its HDMI 1.4 interface, but since it uses an LCD panel, flicker is reportedly not a problem. It’s low refresh rate will reduce its attractiveness to hardcore gamers. $520 for a 4k monitor right now is almost unbelievably inexpensive. While 39″ might seem large for a desktop monitor, keep in mind that a single 4k monitor has the same number of pixels as four 1080p monitors.

My Seiki monitor will arrive next week and I will report my experience with it soon afterwards.

Feb 052013
 

Most people occasionally read horoscopes for fun, but an astrology website is predicting a bad computer day for everyone tomorrow, February 6, 2013. Take a look at tomorrow’s fortunes for all twelve signs of the Zodiac from San Francisco-based Horoscope.com.

Aries: Computers and other equipment could go haywire today, limiting your abilities to work at maximum efficiency.

Taurus: Don’t try to sign up for a class over the phone or online today, Taurus, as it probably won’t work. This also isn’t a good day to travel – delays are likely whether you fly or drive. If you’ve been planning a trip, don’t finalize the arrangements now. Wait a few days, as computers and other equipment used in such arrangements are likely to malfunction, and you could end up frustrated.

Gemini: The planetary energies don’t favor computers or other forms of modern technology used in such transactions, so wait a day or two.

Cancer: More than one problem with modern equipment could rear its head today, Cancer. Computers could malfunction, crash, or be maddeningly slow. You might also have a hard time reaching people you need to talk to.

Leo: A trip of some kind might have to be postponed, as computers and other technology involved in your arrangements might be temporarily out of operation.

Virgo: You might be a bit edgy emotionally and more likely to overreact when other people quarrel or machines break down.

Libra: Machines are likely to pose a few problems today, Libra, particularly where work and money are concerned.

Scorpio: Obstacles may arise in the course of your chores when machines break down and interfere with your efficiency.

Sagittarius: The planetary energies today don’t favor the smooth functioning of computers or other machines.

Capricorn: Frustration with machines or friends could have tempers on edge, so try to avoid the temptation to get into arguments.

Aquarius: Problems in your community may result from malfunctioning machines. Be prepared, Aquarius. Have flashlights handy in case of a power outage, and walk instead of drive in case signals cause major traffic jams.

Pisces: Temporary upsets regarding money might result from a computer failure of some sort.