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    This says it all for an old timer like me



    I don't know how the tech community convinced people that viewing things on a small screen is somehow better. I remember the days when the larger the screen the better.

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    Well, she's at home, enabling the setup. Even purely mobile though she might be looking over the shoulder of someone using a 7 or 10 inch tablet or pad. Remember the days when phones were just phones and some were the size of a book of matches? Its like the industry is constantly lagging behind the sweet spot and when one company finds it, the rest all jump in with both feet and try and catch up; or croak. I think sub 5 inch phones might go away altogether, the iPad and Nexus sized stuff will dominate and actual phone calls, the few that there may be, will be handled purely IP-based (all part of one big data plan) and so folks don't look a bit deranged holding 10" "phones" up to their ears, Blutooth baby!

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    All I need is a 5 year old to teach me how to use it.

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    I use my scanner and digital camera frequently to "enlarge" documents for easy reading on the PC "big screen".
    There is a directory with dozens of these, mostly tiny instruction pamphlets that came with something we purchased.
    The most recent is instructions for iron on transfer printer paper the wife needed to make some custom shirts for the grand kids. I rarely delete them.
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    Very apposite, but the convenience of seeing an item that you can later view in age related size has its benefits. Need the gym to ensure my arm stretching does not cause RSI :-)
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    I fully agree with you, Jerry, bigger IS better. In fact, two screens are better than one, because then you can easily maximize what's in each screen.

    Also, desktop is better than laptop, unless you need portability.

    Also, an old-fashioned IBM click keyboard is far better than the toys-r-us keyboards that you always get these days.

    In each of these cases, you are avoiding having to live with the compromises that are foisted on us continually in the name of "keeping up with the times".

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    I found another way to keep up with the times...I bought some glasses!

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    As long as you are not making a spectacle of yourself :-)
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    I can see through that one!

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    The cartoon brings to mind:

    “Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
    Or what's a heaven for?”

    ― Robert Browning, Men and Women and Other Poems
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    Reading this on my 27 inch monitor. Eh? What's that about a cow?

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    This brings back memories of when I was using the original Nokia Communicator.

    Most people would say to me "Oh, that's a big phone, look at mine, it's smaller!"

    They didn't believe me when I said that phones will become bigger to include a larger screen.

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    Here's a test ...

    Imagine your favorite picture, whatever that may be. Now imagine it on a 4" screen, a 19" screen, a 55" plasma TV, or the side of a building. Forget the complexities and impracticalities of each .... which would you choose? For me the building looks pretty good for my favorite.

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    Surely what is important is the angle subtended by the picture at the eyes?
    So the important dimensions are the size of the picture and the distance you are viewing it from.
    The absolute size of the picture is irrelevant; the important thing is how far you are/have to be away from it to see it properly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Surely what is important is the angle subtended by the picture at the eyes?
    So the important dimensions are the size of the picture and the distance you are viewing it from.
    The absolute size of the picture is irrelevant; the important thing is how far you are/have to be away from it to see it properly!
    ...hence the Arlo and Janis strip.

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