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(The Onion)   That guy in your office with the two computer screens isn't messin' around   (theonion.com) divider line 111
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2012-08-13 02:25:02 PM
Does anyone still have just one screen? I thought the dual screen became standard about 5 years ago.
 
2012-08-13 02:26:06 PM

Jerkwater: Does anyone still have just one screen? I thought the dual screen became standard about 5 years ago.


I'm at work watching 3 screens, so I'm getting a kick.
 
2012-08-13 02:27:54 PM
I have two screens at work, but I have two computers going at the same time, and use a KVM switch to jump from one to the other.

At home, I only have one screen because I don't have the space for a second one... heck, I don't have space for bigger than a 22 inch monitor, and that's annoying in itself.
 
2012-08-13 02:28:01 PM
5 screens for the last 4 years

/CSB
 
2012-08-13 02:29:28 PM
I've had two for four or five years. It makes using just one at home a real drag.
 
2012-08-13 02:31:40 PM
There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens. It just means someone can work and browse Facebook at the same time and less money in the budget for my toys.
 
2012-08-13 02:33:44 PM
Piotrowski also speculated that if there's a limit to how many tabs you can have open in your web browser at once, this guy's gonna hit it.

I have not hit the limit yet, I'm not farking around.

lordargent.com

// the limit depends on your memory an what's actually on those tabs

// the screenshot above was from opening every link in a RSS feed in new tabs, RSS feeds of news articles (which are mostly text). Javascript and flash disabled.
 
2012-08-13 02:33:54 PM
Business on the left, party on the right.
 
2012-08-13 02:34:39 PM

bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens. It just means someone can work and browse Facebook at the same time and less money in the budget for my toys.


I work in an operations center. I have so many monitoring tools that I have to keep an eye on that they wouldn't all fit on one screen. I just use the least busy monitor for Fark.
 
2012-08-13 02:34:56 PM

moos: 5 screens for the last 4 years

/CSB


Six here. I win.

Seven if you include the touchscreen phone turret.

Not that it's something to brag about. I wish I had just two decent sized ones instead of six 15-inchers.
 
2012-08-13 02:35:51 PM
For me the envy burned for the department that started buying second screens for their employees 4 years ago. Then they had to rub it in with 8 giant screen monitors to scroll call center data nonstop. After pausing long enough to realize the big screens were monitoring on call time, and crap I would rather not have tracked and displayed the envy died down a little.

Now, everyone has at least a laptop screen + monitor, or two monitors. I'd say it comes in handy, but truly one 27" screen is enough.
 
2012-08-13 02:36:43 PM

Jerkwater: Does anyone still have just one screen? I thought the dual screen became standard about 5 years ago.


Shiat, at my last place (which I left end of 2007), we were still buying Dell CRTs. Trying to convince the bean counters that an LCD would pay for itself via reduced energy costs after three months (or whatever it would be) was an exercise in futility.

Does Dell even sell CRTs any more?
 
2012-08-13 02:36:45 PM

Wellon Dowd: I've had two for four or five years. It makes using just one at home a real drag.


How do you manage to drag with just one screen?
 
2012-08-13 02:36:47 PM
bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens

How much programming or design work have you done?

// couldn't imagine working without dual screens.
 
2012-08-13 02:36:54 PM
I have five freaking computers at my desk. One to access my companies network, one for accessing my clients network, and three that run printer monitoring services across my clients SNMP streams. It's crazy crowded in here.
 
2012-08-13 02:36:55 PM

bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens. It just means someone can work and browse Facebook at the same time and less money in the budget for my toys.


I disagree. When I'm reduced to one screen (working from home, on trips) I'm much less productive. I've actually had to begin admitting to myself and to my boss and colleagues that no, I am not just as productive when working from home.
 
2012-08-13 02:38:29 PM
Only one screen, but four desktops. I'm retired.
 
2012-08-13 02:38:43 PM

lordargent: Piotrowski also speculated that if there's a limit to how many tabs you can have open in your web browser at once, this guy's gonna hit it.

I have not hit the limit yet, I'm not farking around.

[lordargent.com image 466x137]

// the limit depends on your memory an what's actually on those tabs

// the screenshot above was from opening every link in a RSS feed in new tabs, RSS feeds of news articles (which are mostly text). Javascript and flash disabled.


Helped someone's business out last year, they complained the computer was running slow, so I took a look. Noticed they had 100 different versions of the same two excel documents open. On a computer that would have been new in the late '90s.
 
hej
2012-08-13 02:38:55 PM
I got one of those cheap Korean 27" 2560x1440 monitors off eBay just so I wouldn't need two monitors.
 
2012-08-13 02:39:31 PM
Oh, and I've had 6 screens for over 6 years now.

/Definite CSB
//Just 2 at home, both 25.5 inches. Yum.
 
2012-08-13 02:40:28 PM
True story:

Back in the 90's I was working at a software place when they hired a new programmer, with a great resume. He immediately demanded 2 new 21" screens so he could do this. The boss complied, happy to give people the tools to do the job. The next week he demanded, DEMANDED two foot pedals for the ALT +SHIFT keys. Said this would double his productivity. He got them but we started to call him Donna after that. (as in Primadonna).
3 weeks later he was fired. Turns out his code was shiat.

/my first CSB.
 
2012-08-13 02:41:43 PM

LarryDan43: Wellon Dowd: I've had two for four or five years. It makes using just one at home a real drag.

How do you manage to drag with just one screen?


ZING!
 
2012-08-13 02:42:23 PM
Strangely, i'm the only hold-over on my floor who never demanded a 2nd screen, when in in truth, i'm the only one who is techie enough to make use of one.

I did bring in an old Wacom tablet though this morning, so that is already raising some eyebrows.
 
2012-08-13 02:43:01 PM
I have ran dual monitors for years. At work now, I get so many damn windows open for different systems that a third monitor would be handy.
 
2012-08-13 02:43:07 PM
At home, I only use one monitor per computer: a 24" Dell monitor for my main workstation, a 60" HDTV for the gaming system in my living room and the built-in 15" monitor on the auxillary laptop.

My server has no monitor at all.
 
2012-08-13 02:45:18 PM

bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens.


That's the exact opposite of everything I've heard. And as it turns out, it's even wrong (depending on the task).

If you're doing something that requires multiple windows or programs open, then multiple displays is a real help. You don't need to flip back and forth between tabs to make sure that the data from that .pdf file isn't getting screwed up as you put it into the spreadsheet.
 
2012-08-13 02:45:33 PM

Jerkwater: Does anyone still have just one screen? I thought the dual screen became standard about 5 years ago.


Technically, yes. My main computer has only one... I could never get into dual screen. However, I have another screen next to it connected to another computer... use that for showing me alerts for work and the like.
 
2012-08-13 02:47:14 PM
robotandghost.com
 
2012-08-13 02:47:54 PM
theurge14: Business on the left, party on the right.
 
2012-08-13 02:50:08 PM

lordargent: bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens

How much programming or design work have you done?

// couldn't imagine working without dual screens.




Yep...That.

IDE open in one screen and database tool in the other. This is definitely more productive especially when you have multiple instances of your development environment open and have to deal with both Oracle and SQL server. Then there's file Explorer and a text editor and your source control and e-mail, etc. There's plenty of helpful productive reasons for a second screen.

Our dual screens are ancient and I've put out the feelers for new wider screens - I'm tired of dragging the right-hand panels of VS2010 into the second monitor
 
2012-08-13 02:50:45 PM
Two screens and that makes the CFO twitch. "I use some intensive programs like excel and I only need one screen."
 
2012-08-13 02:51:39 PM

Grither: moos: 5 screens for the last 4 years

/CSB

Six here. I win.

Seven if you include the touchscreen phone turret.

Not that it's something to brag about. I wish I had just two decent sized ones instead of six 15-inchers.


I have 9 screens monitoring me 24x7, so farkoff newb.
 
2012-08-13 02:53:05 PM
Doing doc review and needing a full-sized image of the doc on one screen while having my redaction/categorization tools handy on the other was the only time I found dual screens even remotely useful. Had a tech guy sitting across from me in my current job who on day one demanded space for the four laptops he said he needed to use at all times. Thought he was just a farking diva until I saw him work and by god he needed 4 separate laptos running at nearly all times to do his job
 
2012-08-13 02:53:20 PM
One screen.
On my laptop.
In the backyard.
With a Mojito and Sublime Text.

It's good to be the CTO.
 
2012-08-13 02:55:24 PM

lordargent: Piotrowski also speculated that if there's a limit to how many tabs you can have open in your web browser at once, this guy's gonna hit it.

I have not hit the limit yet, I'm not farking around.

[lordargent.com image 466x137]

// the limit depends on your memory an what's actually on those tabs

// the screenshot above was from opening every link in a RSS feed in new tabs, RSS feeds of news articles (which are mostly text). Javascript and flash disabled.


What RSS reader do you use?
 
2012-08-13 02:55:25 PM

JolobinSmokin: theurge14: Business on the left, party on the right.


Heh. Just like a sideways mullet.
 
2012-08-13 02:56:30 PM

Jerkwater: Does anyone still have just one screen? I thought the dual screen became standard about 5 years ago.


I used to rock dual screens when I had a larger desk at home. Now I just rock 1 27" monitor. I can't say I really want for screen realestate...
 
2012-08-13 02:57:25 PM
Goddam, try working in certain parts of the public sector in Britain; you guys' heads would explode.

I can't even get a single widescreen monitor - despite working with huge spreadsheets. It's only in the last 6 months I've been able to move beyond 800*600.

\IE6
 
2012-08-13 03:00:13 PM
I don't know any accountants who don't use at least 2 monitors.
 
2012-08-13 03:03:02 PM

skodabunny: Goddam, try working in certain parts of the public sector in Britain; you guys' heads would explode.

I can't even get a single widescreen monitor - despite working with huge spreadsheets. It's only in the last 6 months I've been able to move beyond 800*600.

\IE6


I'm too damn old.

I recall having a huge discussion with my boss about getting us a fancy new terminal that displayed 60 x 80 lines, because wasn't 24 x 80 lines good enough?
 
2012-08-13 03:03:28 PM

moos: 5 screens for the last 4 years

/CSB


What, are you in the military, Command and Control?
 
2012-08-13 03:05:16 PM
Headline is false. I have code up on one screen and Fark up on the other screen. Therefore, I am messing around.

QED, subby.
 
2012-08-13 03:06:44 PM
F*ck Everything, We're Doing Five Screens
 
2012-08-13 03:09:36 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: F*ck Everything, We're Doing Five Screens


Great reference to a truly hilarious Onion article. One of my faves. Thanks.
 
2012-08-13 03:14:20 PM

bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens. It just means someone can work and browse Facebook at the same time and less money in the budget for my toys.


Yeah, talk to some graphic designers and get back to me. When you can move all of your Photoshop palettes onto the second screen and maximize your image on one screen without having to constantly open and hide the palettes and move the image around to work on it, I'm sure that there is "no marked improvements on productivity.

Same with the Project managers here at work. Just because they can have outlook on one screen, with their browser and FileMaker on the other and drag stuff directly from one to the other without having to minimize/maximize windows over and over, they probably aren't more productive, right?

And then there is my shipping department, they can have the ongoing production schedule up n a large monitor for their own use, lust that of others in the area, all while having their work screen open below that, and can move between the large monitor and the regular one to update stuff, but no improvement in productivity, I'm sure.
 
2012-08-13 03:23:57 PM
Amusing article, as that is actually how people relegated to one screen kinda feel, or they just biatch about it. At my old job the collections phone center folk complained about my GIS departments dual widescreens. They talked about how they need two screens. Their boss patiently explained to them that the proprietary call center software they use controls the entire screen and the second one actually could never be used.

My fiance on the other hand is blown away at how I can keep track of all my windows on both screens. She has looked over my shoulder when working at home and honestly can't keep track. She just isn't a technical computer person.

/CSB


bulok: There are no marked improvements on productivity with dual screens. It just means someone can work and browse Facebook at the same time and less money in the budget for my toys.


It all depends on the task. In my experience for dual monitors are necessary for GIS, programming, statistics and BI work. We can work on two but I would wear out the ALT-TAB way too fast. Eliminate that switch over and productivity goes up.

Currently on a 23" and laptop screen, as I'm RDing into three servers
 
2012-08-13 03:25:44 PM
Autocad on one screen, the properties dialog on the other.

Back when I had a real job. Now I work for myself so I just use my laptop to look at porn all day.
 
2012-08-13 03:25:54 PM
It would seem a lot of people in this thread aren't messin' around either.
 
2012-08-13 03:30:58 PM
came in here expecting some uber-nerd monitor setups...leaving disappointed
 
2012-08-13 03:36:30 PM

Actual Farking: It would seem a lot of people in this thread aren't messin' around either.


You are goddamn right we aren't messing around! Do you see a "/snark" on the end of our posts? No? well welcome to Fark!

I got so many goddamn windows open up on my computer that my windows have windows within windows. I have so many properties tabs open that I am the new real estate mogul of the internet. Do you see these Remote desktops? Each and every goddamn one of them has dual monitors. That's right, each and every one of them.

Multiply that out will ya. 3 remote desktops * 2 monitors * my dual monitors = A whole goddamn lot of not messing around! Looking around this forum it seems that us "more than one's" are the most productive here. If you were watching me you would be creaming your pants over how productive we are!

In order to be as productive and efficient we need to squeeze as much information into each and every goddamn pixel that is available to us. That is dual 1600*900 pixels containing layers and layers of data. Hell even our backgrounds have data.

Son, you haven't seen efficiency until you have seen the notfarkingaroundness of dual monitors. Don't even come up to me with a question, unless you are bringing another monitor for me in homage. I'm out of desk space so I'm sorry but your back as you genuflect will have to do. Bow the fark down and kiss the shoes of the most efficient person in the office.

Now stop bothering me, someone has pissed me off on the internet again.
 
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