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Office Irritations Part 2 – Monitors with Attitude

My computer monitor has attitude.

Not the one on the right. The one on the left. The “primary” display. It feels the need to berate me, before I’ve even had my first cup of coffee.

This is the sight which greets me each morning.

Monitor With Attitude

Why are you being so nasty to me, Mr Monitor?

Why is it telling me this so early in the morning? I haven’t saved any trees. It makes me feel bad. What’s with the guilt trip?

Apparently “super energy saving”, whatever that is, is inactive. Who among you has ever fiddled with the settings on a monitor (apart from “auto-adjust” that is)? Monitor controls and menus are so fiddly I find it’s best to leave them alone, in case everything suddenly goes all blue and you can’t work out how to fix it. Trying to find the energy saving setting seems like a recipe for disaster.

The mere act of using a computer rather than writing everything down means I’m “saving trees”, does it not?  I recycle every week – I’m a good little recycler. Why are you saying such things to me, Mr Monitor?

It tells me this after it has been physically switched off all night. How is that not saving trees? Apart from the fact that, as far as I know, the power station is powered by coal, or possibly uranium. It’s not wood-fired.

Energy-saving monitors aside, don’t forget to recycle!


Save the trees!

The year is 2093
Tommy’s never seen a tree
He knows they’re tall and brown and green
But not a sight he’s ever seen.

People say it’s such a pity
All the world’s become a city
Trees and grass and bubbling brooks
Can only now be found in books.

No horses, cows or dogs or cats
All the food is grown in vats
People crammed in tiny spaces
Life’s a drudge, no happy faces.

The older ones think “Such a shame”
Wondering just who’s to blame
No more trilling sparrow’s song

Nature’s time has long since gone.

(Poem reposted from dralimanonlife.com/2011/10/14/2093/).

  1. November 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I don’t mess with monitors, printers or copy machines. They don’t like me. It’s mutual 🙂


    • November 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

      That’s exactly the three things in the office I stay well away from too (plus scanners)! It never ends well 😦


  2. November 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Now I know who to blame when all of my trees are gone, and we squirrels have to start living in caves! How could you not use the Super Energy Saving mode to save more than 0.00 trees!?!?


    • November 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      It’s all my fault. I’ll try to push it to at least 0.1 trees – for the squirrels!


  3. November 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Foolish man, the monitor switches itself back on at night and is secretly watching you or out playing with other monitors.
    Come on Doc, for a smart man you missed that one.


    • November 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Oh no – thanks for cluing me in! I shall confiscate their power cables in future, the cunning little electronic devils 🙂


  4. November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    “All the world’s become a city” <- So true!
    We're getting there! It feels like that with the hustle and bustle of the internet; it's hard to find space, silence and one with nature moments in today's world.
    Ahhhh lovely silence – where you at?
    Great post my dralifriend!


    • November 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      I’m in a noisy office with people talking and the radio playing and 2 monitors full of work in front of me 😦
      I’m not in a city though (we’re a bit short of them in Cornwall!).
      Glad you enjoyed the post!


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