The early 90's: a time when advertising that your PC monitor will only irradiate you "a little bit" was a feature. :blobowo:

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@polychrome Oh I remember having my face irradiated as a kid when my grandparents took me on a cruise ship that had “leaky” TV sets with Nintendo consoles hooked up. Took us a while to figure out that nope, that’s probably not sunburn 😳

@polychrome Apparently that’s why everybody used to tell their kids not to sit too close to the TV. There were faulty batches that caused reddened skin in children after prolonged exposure and parents were freaked out by that.

@lachs0r @polychrome i mean iirc how crts work that’d be caused by x-ray scattering from electrons hitting the phosphor layer so i feel like freaked out is a fair response tbh

@alexis @polychrome To be honest though I’m a little disappointed that CRTs as PC monitors died so quickly even though LCDs were (and mostly still are) terrible. IIRC there were some promising/crazy ideas involving arrays of many tiny tubes making up a flat, high-res screen, as well as digital displays and improved energy efficiency. Would have been interesting to see them implemented.


@lachs0r @alexis I still like the feel of CRT better than LCD to this day despite the widescreen and increased resolution. The color is just better as well as the "feel" of the pixels, they just seem sharper somehow.

The only display that gives me a feel close to CRT is Samsung's AMOLED displays which gives me hope for the future, especially with Quantum Dot displays now being a thing.

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@polychrome @alexis They still haven’t solved the color degradation with OLED displays, and desktop-sized ones are prohibitively expensive. But yeah.

As for LCD types, kinda bad how only one single vendor really makes AMVA+ panels (and not particularly good ones). I have a feeling the tech could be much better than IPS. Sort of a middle ground between that and OLED/CRT, with good contrast (one of my displays gets 3000:1 with very dark black point; most IPS panels can barely do 1000:1).

@polychrome @alexis Also, CRTs are low-persistence displays. By contrast, especially the screens used for phones and tablets are extremely slow. You notice this when scrolling text—it’s hard to follow with your eyes.

@lachs0r @alexis not just the color degradation - the manufacturing itself has a prohibitive amount of panels produced with dead pixels. It's easier and costs less to trash bad smartphone size panels but it becomes exponentially costlier and more difficult with large screen displays.

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> "degradation with OLED displays"

I wonder if once OLEDs become mainstream, 90s screensavers would be a thing again...

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