I couldn't believe it.

I didn't think it was possible...

...just when I was getting sick of a pisspoor resolution, just when I was sick of being limited to the "Normal" KDE panel, just when I needed an upgrade to the bit of the computer that glows text...

My school gave away free monitors.

Yes, free monitors. Gratis. To put that into quantifiable terms, I spent £0.00 (that's zero Great British Pounds, zero hundredths of said pound) on a monitor. A monitor that would have set me back at least £20...cost me nothing. Sure, I had to lug it both up and down some stairs, then back out to a car, but what the hell, it was free!

I've always been a big believer in freely being able to download whatever little piece of software I need to complete a task, with the slight annoyance of having to compile it first (well, Spiff helps). Well, this is the same as that, in meatspace. I got a cool, free monitor, but my only tradeoff is me having to carry a large LG monitor, a small bag and my (how should I put this) ample frame around "campus"...

How did I come into such luck? Well, my school have been carrying out upgrades to their IT infrastructure. Following a quick back of the envelope calculation, I've worked out that "IT infrastructure" basically means "154 computers, all running a mix of Win2K and XP, with 1,200 users and a few laptops connected by some wireless access points and a few miles of Cat-5", which as you can imagine means a lot of boxen and their displays displaced by a few hundred new Dells. As you can probably also imagine, there was nowhere for all this silicon to go.

It was dumped under some stairs for a few weeks last year (one of the art teachers humourously put up a notice saying that "this pile of IT kit has been nominated for the Turner Prize for modern art") until, around about now, they decided that it was unsightly having lots of beige clashing with the nice blue colour scheme. Thus, they sold all the boxen for 20 quid each (a bargain, as these were Pentium 200s-with Linux, these would be attractive office machines) and just gave away the monitors.

One guy took around 5 of the computers and the accompanying monitors yet, as a real stroke of luck...

I got the last monitor.

Out of 100. I got the last one.

That I didn't have the money for a box was bad, because my family could have used one for typing essays and such things, but c'est la vie. And I at least got the consolation prize-a fully working (apart from the power button being a bit munged) LG StudioWorks 575N monitor, which I am typing this on now, along with my spiffy new mouse and keyboard combo.

God, upgrades are fun.