word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)

Mouse mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Thu Jul 7 19:49:11 CDT 2016

>> [modern "improvements" in monitor technology]
> Lord have mercy, just give me the damn pixels on 1/3rd of the monitor
> and give me the *option* to scale it if I want.  Why is it so hard to
> understand that nobody wants to run an LCD in it's "non-native"
> resolution.  It always looks like crap!

Most people run a monitor exactly two ways: (1) in text mode during
BIOS POST and early bootup and (2) in its native resolution.  There is
very little business case for supporting letterboxing rather than
scaling.  (For the mass market.  There are niches, of course.)

I too find it discouraging.  Tyranny of the majority at its finest.

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