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Mar. 30th, 2002 | 01:12 pm

So, a friend of mine has one of the 22" Apple Cinema Displays (ACD) sitting in his condo. He hasn't opened it yet, and as he has some issues that lead him to want the latest and greatest technology he wants the new 23" apple display.

So I could buy it... for a few hundred dollars below the list cost.

Since I don't own a mac it would require several hundred dollars worth of new video cards and interface cables. Also since it has no support for VGA my laptop or server couldn't connect to it directly. (I'd have to use X or ssh, which can be annoying if the machine isn't working right.)

But it would be nice to get this big bottle of vacuum off my desk, and the ACD is such a beautiful display.

So needless to say I want it.

<rationalize>And that new video card that I'd need also has ok linux support (no 3d accelation) but the built in TV tuner, MPEG decoder, and the remote control do work. So perhaps I could get rid of several other boxes as well. And it'd be easier to move the 11kg (25lb) LCD than my current 30Kg (65lb) CRT.

And the server could have one of those matrix orbital serial displays as it's console. The laptop comes with a display... it could work... really... <rationalize>

I really should just say no and build up my savings.

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 31st, 2002 08:56 am (UTC)

If you hang on there will be a better model cheaper I expect.

Unless you are being offered it insanely cheaply.
Sounds like all the extra bits you would need you would just be better off gettting a mac!

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 31st, 2002 12:14 pm (UTC)

No, he's offering it to me at about the price they're going for on ebay. So it's not a special deal. I've thought about getting a mac, but that's mostly because they're quieter and use less power than x86 chips, the extra bits really are only costing me about $300, which is a pretty small fraction of a mac. I can almost build a low end PC for that price.

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