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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.
 
2012-08-13 03:38:24 PM

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


I have one 22", and my laptop screen to my right

I'd kill for a third screen and I'd place it to my left.
 
2012-08-13 03:47:23 PM
4 monitors at work... 1 for my laptop, and three for my desktop. Of those three, one is landscape for spreadsheets and two are portrait for full-page documents. After seeing the mixed orientation, everyone around here is starting to copy me. :)
 
2012-08-13 03:53:37 PM

Theaetetus: 4 monitors at work... 1 for my laptop, and three for my desktop. Of those three, one is landscape for spreadsheets and two are portrait for full-page documents. After seeing the mixed orientation, everyone around here is starting to copy me. :)


I wish that my monitors (2X 1080p 24inch) had a sensor in them so that when I rotated them, they would automatically switch desktop orientation. I used to have a hybrid tablet (laptop with a swivelling display) that would automatically change orientation when I folded the screen into tablet mode
 
2012-08-13 03:58:02 PM
I had been using 2 monitors since about 2004 or 2005. Recently switched to 1 27" monitor. I prefer it combined with Winsplit over the 2 monitor setup. All the tech I work with is also browser based now instead of client based which makes it better. Used to be the you run all the tools on one screen and the program on another, there is really no replacing that.
 
2012-08-13 04:00:24 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.


It's like a PC mullet.

Productivity on the left. Party on the right.
 
2012-08-13 04:05:08 PM
I'm working for this guy, Gabriel, and he has me set up on a 6 monitor station:

www.unofficial3d.com
 
2012-08-13 04:05:48 PM
Or seven if I could actually count.
 
2012-08-13 04:08:34 PM
Thanks for the NSFW language warning, subby. Good thing I pulled this up in my phone.

2 screens at the office, one on the laptop and a 21" second monitor.

For my next personal laptop, I am intrigued by the USB second monitors.
 
2012-08-13 04:10:09 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.


notsureifseriousjoker.jpg

I work on multiple issues/systems at the same time - I could be rebuilding hard drives on five servers while checking the event logs on a sixth. By not having to hunt around on my taskbar for which one of the damn remote consoles I need to check, I save at least 5-7 seconds per check. Multiply that out over the day and having two screens will save me ~10-15 minutes of searching. In a week, that's about an hour of time I have gained.

Time which is promptly spent on Fark. ;)
 
2012-08-13 04:15:01 PM

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

Great reference to a truly hilarious Onion article. One of my faves. Thanks.


This...one of the more prophetic satires in history.
 
2012-08-13 04:23:01 PM

xiola: 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.


He would have been fired in 6 weeks without those foot pedals!
 
2012-08-13 04:23:11 PM

paswa17: Or seven if I could actually count.


Well, the hummer was a little distracting, right?
 
2012-08-13 04:30:25 PM

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


that's what SHE said, amirite?
 
2012-08-13 04:33:41 PM
I'm looking at 5 monitors right now. Two of them show an idle desktop, one shows a login prompt, one is on a screensaver hiding an idle desktop, and one has a full-screen web browser. But I could not make do with any fewer.
 
2012-08-13 04:42:25 PM
yep...two screens for about 4 years.

one for work...and one for fark work
 
2012-08-13 05:00:15 PM
Sitting at home, I have two 27" widescreen monitors to my right, the tv in front of me across the room and a 23" widescreen on my left (that I usually use to plug into my work laptop if I'm working from home. If not, it just shows slideshows or live racing stats) Pretty much my entire field of vision, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

/needs bigger monitors. But they won't fit.
 
2012-08-13 05:08:09 PM
One screen is good for me. I know ALT+TAB.
 
2012-08-13 05:28:54 PM
I went from a single 24" WS display at work, to dual 17". I'm not sure which one I like more. I didn't have to do any side to side scrolling on the 24, but I was constantly flipping back and forth between our help desk system, excel, and 2 e-mail accounts. With the 17s, I can keep e-mail up on the one to my right, and whatever I'm actively working on opened up in front of me.
 
2012-08-13 05:29:46 PM
3 workstations, 5 monitors, one keyboard, 1 mouse.

God bless input director.
 
2012-08-13 05:38:02 PM
2- 32 inch monitors and a 17 inch laptop runnin on the side. The laptop is strictly for emails and iTunes streaming. The workstations is for ArcGIS. One screen is for the layout view, the other is attribute table view.
/supernerd
 
2012-08-13 05:53:51 PM
xiola
...we started to call him Donna after that. (as in Primadonna)...

We had a receptionist we called The Rock because she was none too bright. She got canned, and we called her replacement Pebbles because she was younger and cuter. There was also a guy we called Jerry, as in Jeri Curl, because of his curly hair and incompetence. This was a while ago, so everyone involved had one screen.
 
2012-08-13 05:55:45 PM
I have two bomb-ass monochrome 13" monitors on my desk.......jelly bro?
 
2012-08-13 06:15:48 PM
only run one right now.., of course it is a 50" lcd on my desk, but hey! It is only one.

/have a mac mini with a 22" and a laptop on the other desk
 
2012-08-13 06:17:30 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.



farking adorable.
 
2012-08-13 06:30:26 PM

tsakali: came in here expecting some uber-nerd monitor setups...leaving disappointed


I'm by no means an uber-nerd, but here you go. Two screens each for Lion and Win7.

img10.imageshack.us

One for dashboard/IM
One for whatever I'm working on at the moment
One for email
One for VMs

When I'm doing audits, I use three active screens; one for my database export/CSV, one to reconcile, and one to document my findings. I could get by with one screen (and did for many years) but holy cow this makes life so much easier.

/I work from home and hate clutter, in case you're wondering about the desk (a slab of reclaimed wood) and where the CPUs are (in undermount chassis under the desk).
 
2012-08-13 06:43:58 PM
I had five screens and a laptop at my last job. I was practically drowning in female affection at all times.
 
2012-08-13 07:05:54 PM
www.classic-computers.org.nz

One screen is plenty, why would you need any more?
 
2012-08-13 07:16:05 PM
neuroflare : What RSS reader do you use?

For that screenshot, I went straight to the XML for an RSS feed and did an "open links in new tab" in firefox (an extension adds that option).

For regular use, I use google reader

The Google reader backend is good at synching what's read. But the front end is lacking, so I use other frontends to interface with reader (like greader on android)
 
2012-08-13 07:18:51 PM
Hand Banana : One screen is plenty, why would you need any more?

www.classic-computers.org.nz

==

fallout3.nexusmods.com
 
2012-08-13 07:19:21 PM
thank you Sir BretMavrik
 
2012-08-13 07:20:01 PM

BretMavrik: tsakali: came in here expecting some uber-nerd monitor setups...leaving disappointed

I'm by no means an uber-nerd, but here you go. Two screens each for Lion and Win7.

[img10.imageshack.us image 640x480]

One for dashboard/IM
One for whatever I'm working on at the moment
One for email
One for VMs

When I'm doing audits, I use three active screens; one for my database export/CSV, one to reconcile, and one to document my findings. I could get by with one screen (and did for many years) but holy cow this makes life so much easier.

/I work from home and hate clutter, in case you're wondering about the desk (a slab of reclaimed wood) and where the CPUs are (in undermount chassis under the desk).


You have no chair. You're not one of those guys who wears a headset and stands there playing with his tie all day, are you?
 
2012-08-13 07:20:42 PM

Hand Banana: One screen is plenty, why would you need any more?

Especially

when it's a full 24x80!
 
2012-08-13 07:43:37 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.


Yeah, bulok's obviously a complete nubster who probably thinks IDE is a type of fish.

I use a minimum of 2 screens. If I ever have to work on just my laptop, I feel like I'm working while looking through a microscope.
 
2012-08-13 07:59:59 PM
macdailynews.files.wordpress.com
media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-13 08:09:54 PM
Reminds me of the rare times when I actually did coding/programming back in the day. When I was going to be coding, I'd raid the parts closet for two more video cards and monitors. Left monitor was debug, center was code, right was reference material/email/etc. 3072x768, baby! 2,359,296 pixels of fury!

hej: I got one of those cheap Korean 27" 2560x1440 monitors off eBay just so I wouldn't need two monitors.


I'm in the process of rebuilding my battledesk so I'm really getting a kick out of this Onion article. DHL should be delivering my Korean monitors tomorrow. 2560x1440 times 3. 7680x1440. (Ya know, after 15 years, you'd think there would be more pixels.) I've been using a 37" 1920x1080 panel for about 5 years so it's going to be a big difference having everything so small.
 
2012-08-13 08:13:08 PM
i45.tinypic.com

Those are all 30", 2560x1600 displays.

i47.tinypic.com

These are mere 20" displays, but at the late, lamented 1600x1200 resolution.

No, not mine.

Sure, I can be as productive with a single screen as with multiples -- as long as that single screen fills my field of view, and has resolution equal to my foveal acuity across its entire surface.
 
2012-08-13 08:35:54 PM

BretMavrik: and where the CPUs are


They're inside your farking computers, hopefully.

/pet peave
 
2012-08-13 09:07:54 PM
Dual monitor wallpaper thread!

img849.imageshack.us

One image across bother monitors, you have to set it to Tile at 1024x768. I've had twin monitors since 2006 and still on the original LCD Samsungs, so they're only 15inch.

Win 8 is supposed to be a lot better at managing two screens so I may upgrade.
 
2012-08-13 09:25:20 PM
Meh, I run four in my living room... the productivity gain is huge. The second one lets you keep reference material for what you're working on in the first one, the third one lets you keep up whatever you'd be breaking context to check (email, facebook, whatever), and the fourth one is a good "temporary storage" for documents, long builds, and so forth. Drives me insane working on one monitor -- the second is mandatory. (The rest are ... optional.) It's not necessarily about pixels or real estate -- more about organization.

/ 21" TFT, 23" LED IPS, 27" LED TFT, and 61" plasma
// Okay, the 61" was labeled as a "TV" and is occasionally used for other things
 
2012-08-13 09:45:49 PM
Dual screens, very important even at gone. One for Netflix, one for Skyrim, one for fark.

Crap... I need a third screen.
 
2012-08-13 09:47:34 PM
I've tried 4 monitors before, didn't last too long.

lh5.googleusercontent.com

Normally my desk looks more like this one, but with my old MBP instead of two Dells.

lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-08-13 10:09:18 PM

BretMavrik: I'm by no means an uber-nerd, but here you go. Two screens each for Lion and Win7.


You have too many keyboards. You need Synergy.
 
2012-08-13 11:00:07 PM
I use multiple virtual desktops since I only have one 24 inch wide screen monitor.
Usually only use 4 but can expand as necessary.
 
2012-08-13 11:11:57 PM
We had 4 screen workstations at the NOC I worked at a few years ago (pit leads had 8 screens). I always felt like if I had one big 30" display and a decent window manager other than default Windows XP I wouldn't need 4 little 17"s.
 
2012-08-13 11:32:22 PM
i820.photobucket.com

Desktop showing, but I use the wide two monitor set for audio editing. In this case, we were doing voice over and narration for a short project film by one of my daughters.

/Definitely NOT farking around
//Mackie mixer and audio monitors, Oxygen midi keyboard and Samson mic also shown
 
2012-08-13 11:41:27 PM
i99.photobucket.com
Storm Prediction Center Lead Desk circa 2007

 
2012-08-13 11:55:01 PM
I have eight screens. One for each eye.
 
2012-08-14 12:10:26 AM
All the engineers here have 2, the technicians that are in charge of production for multiple modules have 4.

/non-starter
 
2012-08-14 12:23:03 AM
Dual monitors?

http://lordargent.com/temp/tech/os_overkill.png

Run all the OSes, for the lulz.

// With multiple monitors and virtualization (virtualbox in the above cases), I don't have to run multiple machines through a KVM switch anymore.

// Although I do lament that a piece of wizadry (knowing the keyboard shortcuts for belkin KVM switches) has now become mental fluff that I'll likely never need to use again.

// Have a 2 port and a 4 port in my closet slowly gathering dust.
 
2012-08-14 12:47:25 AM
At work...varies.

At home 2x NEC EA261WM monitors. Good bit of 3840 wide desktop real estate. They had to be the same; not having same model at home would drive me nuts. But at work the models vary.
 
2012-08-14 01:11:13 AM
From my Fark profile:
www2.hawaii.edu
I rarely have to use more than 9 of those at once, though.
(10 if you count my laptop)
 
2012-08-14 03:48:18 AM
Just how much porn do you honestly need to have in front of you all at once?

/if you really want a crescent wank that badly invest in some scud books
 
2012-08-14 06:04:52 AM
A few of my dualscreen wallpapers. Google for the resolution to find some good candidates

Link
 
2012-08-14 10:16:31 AM
I run two screens one of which switches back and forth between the mac and the pc with a macbook between them and dell laptop off to the side and Im just a freaking cart jockey (I also do everything else around here..)

and yes I actually use them all.
 
2012-08-14 10:23:05 AM
I have 3 screens at my desk... Does this mean I have super powers?
 
2012-08-14 10:44:05 AM

Maul555: I have 3 screens at my desk... Does this mean I have super powers?


I saw a picture of Rupert Murdoch at his desk, and he had three screens. So apparently it means you are evil.

/So hopefully no superpowers.
 
2012-08-14 11:02:32 AM

profplump: BretMavrik: I'm by no means an uber-nerd, but here you go. Two screens each for Lion and Win7.

You have too many keyboards. You need Synergy.


Synergy has been a pain in the but for me, over many many versions.. some days it is fine all day, other days it is constantly dropping off even after system restarts... I'm going to give that desktop director that someone else pointed out up-thread a try...
 
2012-08-14 12:02:00 PM
3 PC's, 3 monitors, one Synergy network at home. Puts my actual work rig to shame. Which is why they let me work from home as long as I want.
 
2012-08-14 01:13:41 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.


You've obviously never worked in 3DS Max, Photoshop and a game engine simultaneously before. 3 screens is extremely useful for quickly switch apps, layout out control panels while not blocking workspace and viewing textures and models simultaneously. Really any coding or design work where you use multiple complicated programs sees large improvements in productivity with dual or triple screens.

If all you do it write emails all day, then yeah, you're just going to have more room to fark around while you work.
 
2012-08-14 02:38:05 PM

jfarkinB: [i45.tinypic.com image 640x480]

Those are all 30", 2560x1600 displays.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x480]

These are mere 20" displays, but at the late, lamented 1600x1200 resolution.

No, not mine.

Sure, I can be as productive with a single screen as with multiples -- as long as that single screen fills my field of view, and has resolution equal to my foveal acuity across its entire surface.


You do GIS or something?
 
2012-08-14 02:55:00 PM

DirkValentine: You do GIS or something?


No, I just have normal visual perception and working memory. Since that's true, any time I have to shuffle windows (or papers) around in the middle of a task, it's costing me time and attention, and therefore effectiveness. That doesn't make me special; it's true for everybody else, too.

I figure it's going to be quite a few years before I get the display system of my dreams (full resolution, full field of view). It'd be nice to have a wall-o-monitors to tide me over, but since I'm not special enough, it's not going to happen.
 
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