My 17″ Samsung finally gave up the ghost yesterday. A couple of weeks ago it had developed a slight horizontal skew, which while annoying, wasn’t fatal. Over the weekend the symptoms grew worse, a thick, black line vertically split the monitor into two jagged halves. But I kept using it to hold palettes and my instant messaging client, Trillian. As the afternoon progressed, the visible screen continued to shrink and morphed into an hour-glass figure that a 1950’s starlet would be proud of.
Around 3:30, I returned to my office and was greeted by the acrid smell of a self-induced electronic cremation and a blank screen. I pulled the plug; removing all life support.