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The Relentless March Up Progress Mountain jack vero

The Relentless March Up Progress Mountain

Written by Jack Vero
on November 1, 2013

Today while perusing the accessibility options on my newly updated desktop operating system I stumbled upon something of a philosophical predicament. You see I buy Apple computers because I'm not a Communist and I know a thing or two about bytes. And the fact that an ever-shrinking, but nevertheless prominent portion of the world still wanders around in the technological darkness isn't of much concern to me. They'll figure it out eventually.

(Sidenote: I should take a moment now to address the myriad Apple-haters out there reeming with hatred at the condescending tone of this article. I'd just like to take a moment to reassure them that their opinions have been heard, but not to worry, for they aren't of any consequence.)

Now, being a loyal Apple customer, I happened to have acquired a 27 inch iMac computer four years ago, in 2009, with a resolution of 2560x1440, which has 78% more pixels than even "top-of-the-line" 1080p HD displays do to this day ([2560*1440]/[1920*1080]). Which again, is fine. Good for me, bad for the lost ones. But who cares, right?

The problem, however, occured when I realized that as a result of the exceptionally high resolution of my display, I have been subconsciously inclined to design web pages (and other graphics) for clients at a different size than typical, due to the high PPI of my display relative to theirs.

And then today, when I discovered (or rather was reminded of) the capacity to systematically lower my resolution to 1080p, it clicked —- a philosophical conondrum of such magnitude presented itself with such force that I immediately had to cast aside any semblance of productivity in order to address this issue:

Should I, being one of the futurists, the fortunate, the blessed children of tomorrow endowed with super-human computer-ability, forsake my technological supremacy (and all it's benefits) to approach a more typical perspective that would facilitate greater success both in terms of financial rewards and popularity?

It's an eternal question, and the subject of countless highbrow deliberations.

At what point, if any, does one pause that eager march up Progress Mountain to allow the others to catch up?