A question for you technical minds out there (or in here, as the case may be).
When one calibrates a monitor, what exactly is being done: is the monitor itself being altered in any way, or is it the interaction between the monitor and computer that's being affected? In other words, does the way the monitor itself is functioning remain unchanged (apart from age-related decay), and the way that the computer works being changed, so as to allow the monitor, in its current condition, see the computer's output in a standardized way?
In the case of two computers working with one, common monitor, does that mean that the monitor has to be calibrated twice, once for use with each different computer? If so, then it would seem to me that it's the computers that are being calibrated, not the monitor, or you'd have to recalibrate every time you switched between computers.
I have a LaCie blue eye pro calibration device that came bundled with the LaCie monitor a few years ago. It works with the old Microsoft XP computer, but won't have sex or any other relationship with my current Windows 8.1 outfit.
If, indeed, the monitor is being calibrated and not the computer, then I could always calibrate the monitor using the old computer, but I'm sure that's not going to be the answer: just too sweetly convenient and inexpensive! Of course, I've already tried this out, but can't tell whether or not anything is being changed, especially as most of my own interest is in black/white photography.
I have to say, looking at Hans Fuerer's images, as well as those of other respected snappers I love, online, the colours seem absolutely perfect on my monitor, but who really knows - including myself - what version of perfection I think that I see?
So what's actually happening during calibration?