Bad Laptop Colors: Why?

February 16, 2010

In Calibrating your LCD for Better Results I presented a few techniques to adjust your LCD so that you get better colors, even though it’s not a perfect calibration.

I have a couple of laptops and their screens aren’t all equal. Not all all. The Vaio gives beautiful, vibrant colors. The Dell Mini 10 HD also gives rather cromulent colors. The E6500, on the other hand, is dreadful. Not the whole computer of course, because otherwise it’s a rather good machine. But the screen is just disappointing. And the thing is, you can’t adjust anything besides the brightness—which defaults to blinding bright. What would it take to make such a screen acceptable?

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First Impressions Sometimes Fails Us

November 11, 2008

A few posts ago, I complained about how much fun it was to try Solaris for the first time, especially with VMWare (here and here). In the mean time, I had time to try a complete Solaris installation and I must say it is not all that bad, except that it has this very distinctive “Linux from 5 years ago” feel. The feel I had when I first tried to switch to Linux for my primary OS, the feel I had using Red Hat 3 and (the then) Mandrake 10 distributions. The feel that there was something to be done with this environment, but also that there is much that remains to be done before it becomes really fun to use.

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