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Comic Transcript

MARK: So what do I do?

PHIL: Anything you want. We’re here to observe.

MARK: Well… OK…

COMPUTER: Are you sure you want to do that?

COMPUTER: Please enter your password in order to perform that action.

COMPUTER: You just entered your password. Are you sure you want to do that?

MARK: What? Of course I want to do that.

COMPUTER: Please enter your password to confirm that you wanted to enter your password.

MARK: I think I found a bug.

PHIL: Nope.

When this comic was first posted there was some discussion as to whether or not Mark actually received a top-of-the-line computer, since he’s shown using a CRT Monitor instead of a flat screen monitor like Alex has. In my opinion, a CRT Monitor is superior in terms of display quality when compared to flat screens. Flat screens give you significant advantage over CRTs when it comes to size, weight, and monitor flicker — though a good CRT monitor with a good video card can make monitor flicker irrelevant — but if I wanted to get an absolutely top-notch graphics display I’d choose a CRT monitor over a flat screen any day of the week.

Eventually, of course, the flat screens will catch up and CRTs really will be a relic of the past. But not quite yet.

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