Writing on the Small Screen

I am writing this using a Vizio flat screen TV as a monitor.  Where I normally take in information, I am typing information.  I am informing.  I am seeing this in very large print, for sure.  But, I have adapted my surroundings so that I am able to influence it.  Well, at the very least, I am providing my own entertainment.  All of this thanks to a monitor extension cord or two.  One works, but I think using two will allow the cords to be nearly invisible, winding around things in the den so that it doesn’t interfere with coming in and out.  Safety first!  Aesthetics as well!

Well, anyway, this is the way to go.  The holy grail of writing.  You can’t complain about this in any way.  I have a wireless keyboard that sits on my lap.  I’m using the Vizio as an extended desktop, so I can still work on the screen of my laptop, check emails, etc.

When I was in Bristol this past week, I visited the mall.  While there, I was in the cell phone doo-dad store, where they cell all the cases and skins, etc.  I told her about my dream to have a wireless, full-size keyboard for my Droid.  She thought I was crazy.

“Why would you want that?” she asked, pointing out that it already has a keyboard.

I played it off as me being silly.

Yet, the truth remains.  While probably not ideal, given the limitations of the Droid’s screen size, a wireless, full-size, roll-up (or some other portable type keyboard) would be more effective, considering how fast I touch type versus peck with my thumbs on Droid’s build-in human interface.  Maybe I shouldn’t complain to much since it does have some type of keyboard device; unlike those purely touchscreen devices, like the Droid Eris.

But back to this current configuration.  How does it work?


  • Dell laptop Inspiron 1525
  • Vizio 24” Flatscreen TV (not sure of the model)
  • a standard monitor cable (two male ends) and
  • extensions (both have one male and one female end).

Advantages of hooking your laptop/PC to the TV:

  • Watch online videos like you would regular TV.
  • Write in high style, substituting your own thoughts for the normal garbage piped into the room. (yes, it takes the ability to read and write – whoops)

I also have the stereo system set up to the laptop as well.  At the moment, I am typing these words and on the laptop screen I have the DJ software up that I use for my radio show.

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