I am becoming very tired of industry associations deciding what I "need", regardless of whether or not I really do. A case in point, and the object of my wild eyed rant today, is the literally total disappearance of monitors and laptops in the old 4:3 format. Now, realise that the television industry has long had a problem with wide screen movies being displayed on normal screens. It has always meant the editing out of content at the screen's sides. So I would guess that the move to 16:9 screens made a lot of sense when a totally new digital TV standard replaced analogue. It even makes sense for PC monitors and laptops for the Homer and Marge Simpsons out there who use their PCs (any one of which has more sheer computing power than the NSA could fit in an entire building in 1980) as television sets and game boxes.
BUT.... There are those of us who actually USE our computers to do REAL WORK, and for us, the shallow, wide screen ca be a royal pain. I write fiction and I do fine art photography in my retirement from being a sys/lan/administrator and ISSO. It is possible, on this old Cmpaq Presario 2200 laptop to see in decent size, an entire letter size page of typing. On my HP Pavilion laptop, same width, it is difficult to read. In the case of many programs, web browsers word processors, spreadsheets, email, etc., the upper and lower margins, toolbars, etc., use up as much as a third of the screen height. This is particularly true of mailers like Thunderbird and Evolution.
Is it too much to ask of manufacturers that they produce at least a few reasonably priced laptops and home monitors in the old format? Thomas A. Edison gave it a lot f thought more than a hundred yeas ago when he chose 4:3 as the format for his first movie camera ad projector and his format as persisted as the most practica for general purpose displays to this day. Maybe, just maybe he was on the right track? You guys in the industry; just for fun ask the engineers at Chrysler why they stopped making skyscraper talfins. The answer is that they were ugly and impractical. That also was the reason that Kodak gave up on 116 and 616 rollfilm cameras in the 2.5x4.25 format by 1950, and that 17:10 format is uncannily close to 16:9.
Feeling like a square peg hammered int a round hole...