Who else uses larger DPIs in Windows on a low resolution monitorscreen?


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Ant

Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)
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Jason

Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)

I have it set to 125%. At 1920x1280 everything is simply too small for
comfort otherwise. Windows, and the apps, don't do a great job of
accomodating settings > 100%. Things get clipped off in dialog boxes, but
it's a lot better than it used to be.
 
P

Paul

Ant said:
Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)
Mine is 1280x1024 at 120DPI.

My Notepad has the font changed to make characters larger.

And in Firefox, I use control-scroll_wheel to magnify the
content (squeezes out the adverts on the side, too).

So, yeah, my sight has its bad days too.

But there have been posters here, with eye sight
a lot worse than that.

Paul
 
S

stones

And in Firefox, I use control-scroll_wheel to magnify the content
(squeezes out the adverts on the side, too).
Don't you use AdBlock Plus?

Are you effing nuts?

:)
 
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Paul in Houston TX

Ant said:
Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)
This machine is set for 1024x768, 96 dpi. Big icons.
My laptop is at 1280x1024, 120 dpi. Big icons.
There was a major study done on eyesight within the last few months.
Science It was either the Jan, Feb, or March 2013 issue.
Nearly all city people under the age of 45 are nearsighted.
95% of South Koreans are nearsighted.
Nearsighted people like things very small and close up.
The study said that it relates to lack sunlight and viewing far
away objects while growing up.
 
K

Ken Springer

Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)
I have my HP 9500 monitor set to 1280 X 1024. Then I customize the
desktop settings to a different font, font size, colors, etc. to my liking.

I don't care for scaling of the desktop because it destroys the WYSIWYG
display. Once I saw a WYSIWYG display that really worked, and it wasn't
in Windows, I've never liked working with anything other than 100% scaling.

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Mac OS X 10.8.3
Firefox 20.0
Thunderbird 17.0.5
LibreOffice 4.0.1.2
 
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Paul

stones said:
Don't you use AdBlock Plus?

Are you effing nuts?

:)
By the time I'm zoomed in, the advertisers are toast :)

I have experimented with control plugins, but I can't
say I'm entirely happy with the results. Some web pages,
the code checks for this stuff (checks that content has
been delivered, and page execution stops if something
doesn't complete).

Paul
 
S

stones

By the time I'm zoomed in, the advertisers are toast :)
They waste bandwidth, which you may be getting charged for (when mobile
with a laptop, say).

They can be vectors for exploits. Buying an "ad" with malicious code on
an ad network is one way of getting a malware-infected iframe into a lot
of webpages in a hurry.

A lot of them animate or do other stuff that takes up resources and
cycles, whether or not you can actually *see* the annoying and irrelevant
distraction.

Off-screen won't help you if one of them plays annoying sounds on loop.

Some web pages seem to be coded so that page elements load synchronously,
one at a time. I don't see this as much these days as in years past, but
a slow loading ad can hold up the whole rest of the page from loading,
including the parts you are actually there to read.
I have experimented with control plugins, but I can't say I'm entirely
happy with the results. Some web pages, the code checks for this stuff
(checks that content has been delivered, and page execution stops if
something doesn't complete).
I've seen pages that get stuck half-loaded if an ad spins endlessly
trying to load, but it's been my experience that ABP *saves* you from
those, since the ad is obliterated or replaced with a fast-loading
placeholder. I've heard of one single lonely blog somewhere that
specifically was rigged to keep out people using ABP, and the only reason
I ever visited it was to see if that was true, and if so how difficult it
was to defeat the block. Defeating the block turned out to be trivial, by
disabling a particular script on the page.

If you're running into a lot of pages that are rigged to obstruct and
annoy and punish ABP users, you must be visiting very different sites
from the ones I frequent -- and ones that are a lot less user-friendly,
in feeling that they shouldn't respect a computer owner's clearly
expressed wishes to expend their bandwidth, which they pay for, to
download only the data they actually want onto their computer, which they
also paid for and which they don't want to risk infecting with ad-
vectored malware and whose resources they don't wish expended on some
useless animation they're not going to click on anyway.
 
B

Bob Henson

I have it set to 125%. At 1920x1280 everything is simply too small for
comfort otherwise. Windows, and the apps, don't do a great job of
accomodating settings > 100%. Things get clipped off in dialog boxes, but
it's a lot better than it used to be.
I use 125% on a 1080p wide display and everything is fine, if a tad
small for my failing eyesight. I don't get any clipping in the programs
I use, but then older program may well not cope too well.
 
W

Wolf K

Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(
You're not crazy. I surmise you mean that you you used "Change the size
of all items" in Personalize. Windows smooths the fonts and icons. Don't
mess with the DPI. A change in DPI forces the graphics-card to
interpolate and average pixels, which causes fuzziness.

Those are high resolution (more dots per inch, and smaller dots). That
means the box of dots within which a letter is displayed will be
physically smaller, but there will a higher dot count for larger font
sizes, so that larger characters will be sharper. But small fonts will
be hard to see clearly. I empathise: I use 125% enlargement of "All
items" in Personalize.

A low resolution monitor would be 800x600 for example: fewer dots per
inch, larger dots, and a character box that is physically larger.
However, the system will also use fewer dots to display a character,
which will make it fuzzy. You can't win (3rd Law of Thermodynamics ;-) )
Thank you in advance. :)
You're welcome.
 
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Ant

You're not crazy. I surmise you mean that you you used "Change the size
of all items" in Personalize. Windows smooths the fonts and icons. Don't
mess with the DPI. A change in DPI forces the graphics-card to
interpolate and average pixels, which causes fuzziness.
I used the one that has 100%, 125%, and 150% options in display options.
Also, it forces you to reboot/logoff to take effects.
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Stan Brown

Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(
Do you set the DPI via Screen Resolution » Make text and other items
larger or smaller, or are you talking about a different setting?

I'm asking because some customers tend to email me screen shots (for
troubleshooting) that are too small for me to read, and you may have
given me a useful idea.
 
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Stan Brown

[Lots of good reasons to use Adblock Plus, snipped]
I've seen pages that get stuck half-loaded if an ad spins endlessly
trying to load, but it's been my experience that ABP *saves* you from
those, since the ad is obliterated or replaced with a fast-loading
placeholder. I've heard of one single lonely blog somewhere that
specifically was rigged to keep out people using ABP, and the only reason
I ever visited it was to see if that was true, and if so how difficult it
was to defeat the block. Defeating the block turned out to be trivial, by
disabling a particular script on the page.
You have scripts enabled? Are you effing nuts?

:)

Seriously, Javascript should be considered guilty till proven
innocent; there are just too many dangers in letting unknown code run
on your computer with full privilege.
 
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stones

You have scripts enabled? Are you effing nuts?
Sadly, the interwebs mostly doesn't work anymore if you turn off JS. Even
what looks like a simple static webpage with links often won't work right
-- the links'll do nothing and if you look at the status line when you
mouseover them it just says

http://www.site.com/dir/path/the_page_you're_already_on.html#

for some silly reason.

Why do sites think they need to use scripts instead of just <a
href=destination_page.html> to make a working link, anyway? Are they
idiots?
 
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Ed Cryer

Ant said:
Hello.

Does anyone else here use larger DPI like 150% in Windows on a low
resolution (e.g., 1280x1024 or 1600x1200) monitor? People think I am
crazy for that size since my vision sucks these days. :(

Thank you in advance. :)
I can live quite happily with 1920x1080 and a 200% DPI. I then adjust
things like menu and icon sizes to match.
However, my monitor recommends 1280x720, which I'm currently with,
having upped the DPI to 125% and adjusted menu and icon sizes accordingly.
I also adjust many display options in Thunderbird and Firefox.

My monitor is a Samsung TV, and I've made many adjustments to its
settings; backlighting, contrast etc.

I have more control over the settings of my set-up than the flight-deck
of Concorde. You can spend for ever trying to get it all just right for you.

Ed
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Why do sites think they need to use scripts instead of just <a
href=destination_page.html> to make a working link, anyway? Are they
idiots?
What I wanted top do seemed to be impossible without JS.

I wanted to bring up a reference item in a separate floating window, and
everything I tried in HTML failed (even RTFM).

The window comes up in a tab if JS is not enabled, so the viewer loses
nothing but my idea of cool :)
 
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