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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 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.
 
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