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Re: KDE Eye Candy

  • Subject: Re: KDE Eye Candy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 07:39:02 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Larry Qualig] on Tuesday 21 February 2006 04:53 \__

> John Bailo wrote:
>> I was fooling around with Kontact, and found there were some built in RSS
>> newsfeeds for KDE stuff (Suse 10).
>> Here's one that caught my eye:
>>         http://www.kde-look.org/
>> Drool...XP users...

Bailo, have a look at the KDE News RSS Feed, the OSDir screenshots feed, as
well as KDE Content. These are quite valuable if you wish to keep
up-to-date. New Thunderbird and Firefox plug-ins (extensions and themes
apart) are also delivered as feeds.

> Earlier today I saw something at a friends house that was truely
> something to drool at.....
>    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/closeup/Cinema30Al--Main
> With over 4-million pixels it was incredible. The software she had was
> actually a little different. The picture in the link shows a row of
> icons along the bottom. Hers icons were much, much smaller and when you
> moved the mouse over them the icons under the mouse would get larger
> sort of like a magnifying glass effect. It worked really well and
> looked even better. The clever part is that the "icons" barely took up
> any screen real-estate until you put the mouse over them and then they
> would "grow" to full size. But it was all dynamic and very, very slick.
> Nice job Apple.

Larry, have a look here:


Also seen in action here:


I personally prefer auto-hiding all panels in the edges of the screen (7 of
them). The animations are unnecessary flash, which only devours CPU and RAM.

__/ [rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx] on Tuesday 21 February 2006 05:49 \__

> Everything old is new again.

Exactly. When backed by a large marketing team and demos at the local shop.

> Remember when Sun made Workstations?  They used to have 4 megapixel
> displays on 21" or 25" monitors too.
> Now that Macs are running *nix, aka OS/X, people can really USE dozens
> of windows running and open concurrently.  Now there is a real NEED for
> much higher resolution.  Congratulations to Apple for getting their
> 2560x1600 pixel LCD display - and for a cost of ONLY $2499.  I *might*
> have a bit of trouble getting it into the overhead rack on the plane
> though :D

I have 2560x937 pixels on this machine (excuse my eyesight), which is
composed from a 21-inch CRT and another which is 19 inches
(diagonally-measured, yet not viewable). I have used dual heads since 2001
and this particular setting stood since 2003. The cost of the display, which
makes use of heavy and out-of-date hardware, is probably between 100 and 200
pounds, not $2499. It cost me virtually nothing on my old dual-head PC.
Physically, I believe that my display is bigger in terms of area than that
30" display. Take this into consideration if you need to extend your
simultaneously-viewable workspace. Virtual desktops help, but "out of full
sight, is out of mind and attention".

> I also noticed that it only supported 24 bit color.  Still, that's
> pretty darned good.
> It is worth noting of course, that Sun's SparkStations typically cost
> over $25,000 including that high resolution monitor.  An iMac with OS/X
> and 30 inch LCD display would still cost less than $4,000.  It also
> requires a specific graphics card (NVidia GeForce 6800 DDL card).
> I think Apple has another WINNER!

Apple have a way. They can get people hyped up and then encourage them to
spend obscene sums of money on something which could offer more, for less.
That's Macs. Apple shops often seem like pricy toy stores.

__/ [Larry Qualig] on Tuesday 21 February 2006 05:21 \__

> AFAIK it's primarily for computing.  She's probably played a DVD in
> there just to test it out but she basically works all day on that
> thing. I don't think there's much "play time" available. But when I sat
> down behind that thing it was an entirely new computing experience for
> me. Difficult to tell how much of that can be attributed to the
> gigantic monitor and how much to the ultra cool eye-candy and graphics.

This can easily be achieved with SuSE or Ubuntu (Kubuntu?), which you already
have in your house. Grab a second large monitor, let YaST/SaX2 handle the
dual-head 'stuff' and put some eye candy on top of it all. The only
difference: this doesn't come 'pre-packed' in this way from the factory
(READ: shop).

If you are a pragmatic person (I already know you are), you will soon give up
on the eye candy and choose to do your work most rapidly. No gain, no point.
The term "Eye candy" contains the word "candy" for a reason. It is never
referred to as "visual enhancement", for instance.


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