Monitoring my broken screen…

Hi. My computer monitor died last week. The screen goes black a minute or two after being turned on, then stays black until I flip it off and on.

I’ve borrowed my girlfriend’s monitor, but it’s old and decrepit and pretty much ready to disintegrate. Basically the contrast is permanently set to ‘burnt out’, so staring at it for more than a minute is like staring into the sun. Actually it’s kind of like “Pitch Black”, the Vin Diesel movie where everything is just bleached out.

I can barely see what I’m typing right now, and this is black font on white background. The worst thing, however, are the photos. I have a lot of photos from the past couple of weeks, and I have no idea of their quality. That drives me freaking nuts.

I’ve found a decent yet cheap monitor at our local Staples, so now I just have to wait until I have the cash.

Until then I’ll be taking a little break from Salted. I have picked up my notebook again, and I have a decent pen, so I am still writing about this stuff.

Thanks for offering me whatever patience you have left.

About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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6 Responses to Monitoring my broken screen…

  1. zoom says:

    I have a monitor I’d be happy to give you, Gabriel. It’s a few years old, but it’s a flat screen and in good condition. Any chance you’re coming into town anytime soon?

  2. thordora says:

    Always here darlin 🙂

  3. Rhiannon says:

    I have huge amounts of patience for you so no worries there;.

  4. markps2 says:

    I got an old monitor, CRT/ glass weighing from 25 to 50 pounds to give you (if you wanted one), but the mailing cost would be too expensive I guess.

    • Gabriel... says:

      …definitely too expensive. Seriously though, the next time I’m in [the city in which you live] we should have coffee… or water, or something. I think I have a book you’d really enjoy.

      Thanks for the offer.

  5. Gabriel... says:

    I CAN SEE!! Thanks to zoom I now have a monitor that not only has full colour capability, and not only stays on for hours at a time without blacking out, it’s also large enough that I can see the half of the Internet I was missing.

    Now I just have to find time to post stuff…

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