Well, after many years of faithful service, my trusty (crusty?) old 21" CRT gave up the ghost. I bought it several years ago from xulphlux.com" target="_blank">Valt, who found a business selling their used monitors on the cheap. (A 21" for $50?! How could I pass that up?)
It served me well. My games were large, easy to see and I loved it. Writing programs with that much "real estate" was a breeze. At high resolutions, you can really open a bunch of windows and read them all.
So, yesterday afternoon while watching "How It's Made" on Discovery Science Channel, my monitor made a quick popping noise like a racheting socket wrench does. The tube went dark and all was lost. I was relieved it was just the monitor, because from the sound of it, I thought my case fan had come loose and hit the motherboard somehow, shorting something out. So when I saw the system was fine, and the tube had gone out, I wasn't too peeved. (Besides the fact that I have a 17" CRT in the attic as a backup)
So my monitor is out - what to do... I first got on my laptop and looked at Newegg. They had a sale on a Hanns-G, which Notorious had told me was nice. I was about to purchase that very monitor when I decided I should also see what deals were to be had at the local retailers. We first went to Best Buy, nothing to exciting there, but I did feel that 19" was just in my budget and I liked the size of it. We then went to Office Depot, again, nothing too exciting. Just as we were about to leave, I saw a Hanns-G that was on sale. It was the same 19" widescreen that I saw on Newegg for $190, and here it was in the store for $30 less (sans tax). Out of stock, but the price tag was pretty low. Oh well, it was worth a look. The sales guy told me to call back in the morning to see if they get any more in.
This morning I called the store to see if they received any more stock, which they hadn't, and then I called the Tyler store. They did have the monitor in - last one. I told him to hold it and so between my morning classes I ran over to Tyler and got the last one. It looks wonderful - no glaring dead pixels. Widescreen is my new friend.