Death of the Wide Screen?

By | December 27, 2012

Like most software consultants and published authors, I have never liked this “wide screen” trend forced on us by monitor makers. Yes, perhaps movies benefit from a screen which is twice as wide as it is tall, but neither source code nor prose obtain any benefit at all. What good is it to display three pages across when you can only get half of each page height wise?

 Ever since computers were invented, ASCII report files were told to assume a system line printer capable of 66 lines per page and 132 column width. Band and drum printers usually also had a pricey eight line per inch mode which could get you 88 lines per page. Laser printers came on the market with dynamic Postscript capabilities which pushed maximum widths of 255 characters in landscape mode and up to 130 lines.

 Why do monitor makers ignore the fact most users need to view the output on their monitor?

It appears monitor makers have finally started to listen.


Could the death of wide screen finally be near?

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Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.