I understand your pain, as I also bought a new monitor (20 inch one, LG W2052TQ, an earlier model)
I hate the way the screen resolution changes the final output of any image or text.
As I hate screen lag (I am the gamer type) and also the viewable angle of it.
But it seems that 99% of populations prefer lightweight and flat screens.
If anyone wants to calibrate / characterize their monitor , you can use the following address :http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/
Winston, I agree with your point on using any other resolution other than the native one for the LCD monitor.
But in a year or so I believe I will have to get my glasses reinforced accordingly to my view loss.
The text appears so small for a 20 in screen