Thursday, April 15, 2004
choose your style: neoclassical | blue | modern | nouveau

Big screens

Tim Bray has a new job at Sun, and it comes with a big 1920x1200 flat panel display to plug into his TiBook.

...a whole lot o’ pixels. I haven’t really figured out how to use ’em all effectively just yet, but it’s a nice problem to have. Mind you, when I lean back at my chair and look up at this horking thing, it occurs to me to say “On-screen!” in a clipped English accent and see if I can get the captain of that Romulan Warbird up there.

How much screen is enough? Perhaps 8'x6' at 72dpi? We spend a lot of time in the software world, talking about clever visualization strategies -- 3D, VR, fisheye views, animation, spatial hypertext. How will really big displays change this?