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Do you ever use more than one computer monitor at a time?

Yes - at work
- 6 (15%)
Yes - at home
- 7 (17.5%)
Yes - both
- 9 (22.5%)
No - but maybe I should
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No - it sucks
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Alex Libman

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Multiple monitors
« on: April 22, 2009, 11:14:53 AM »

We're only talking about computer monitors here, having a TV in the room doesn't count.

I only use laptops nowadays, but I'm thinking of getting an overhead display.  I never liked the idea before, but I saw someone using my app on a 40" monitor (I think it was WQXGA, not sure) and, wow...  It just looked so much more epic!  :lol:

Are there any interesting habits that you have pertaining to separating your FTL / forum related activities onto several monitors?
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Re: Multiple monitors
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 11:21:37 AM »

Just as in the real world, in the virtual world more real estate is better.

All our workstations use dual monitors. We're an AutoCAD/Bentley Comms shop, and to do what I do on a single 4:3 monitor would be painful.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 08:10:35 PM »

I used to use two monitors while I was in school.  It was great for doing research, problem sets, etc.  I use a laptop with no external monitor at work now.  At home I've downsized to a single monitor (not counting my TV).  I might go back to dual monitors some day, but for now there's no need.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009, 08:53:17 PM »

If you do any real work on a computer, they're worth every fucking penny. Skimp on the machine itself to buy more screen space; it's worth it.

At home, I have two 22" widescreens.

At work, I have two 20" widescreens attached to my main machine, a laptop to the left of that, and a 20" 4:3 to the right that's attached to my secondary machine. All 3 are controlled through a single keyboard & mouse using Synergy. Maybe I'm a little spoiled, but I couldn't work nearly as effectively with only one monitor. It'd be like trying to read a book through a toilet paper tube.
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Re: Multiple monitors
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 09:09:09 PM »

Yup- always while working (at home).

Photoshop & Lightroom tools stay on the laptop screen while the big screen is used to see the image, zooming in and out, etc.

I also rarely use a mouse having become used to using a graphics tablet.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 10:37:12 PM »

I MUST have 2x (minimum) monitors personally.  My main screen is a 24" wide 1080p ASUSTek and my secondary screen is a 19" 4:3 Benq  I love having the extra screen space and I feel cramped working on single monitor systems.
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Bill Brasky

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Re: Multiple monitors
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009, 11:43:22 PM »


Actually, I was gonna open a thread about this very subject just this morning.


I use two 22's at work, and I like it a lot.  We have a redundant style workstation that has dual systems on opposite ends of a work area.  In other words, two screens here, and over there, two more.  Each system running on a separate tower, networked. 

I don't recall the name of the program that allows it, but I'd just have to click around to find it.  We started doing it about ten years ago with these big fuckin' 21" CRTs.  Those fuckers are heavy.  I have one that I donated to my parents rig, now that I'm on a laptop. 

Anyhow, the reason I was gonna inquire about this is because I plan on setting up another monitor.  My laptop doesn't suck so the idea was to have another screen on my desk, and I'd just unplug from it when I go somewhere. 

Eventually I want to set up another home system, then I'll just swap all my stuff around.  I was checking out some towers at BestBuy, gathering some ideas for this loose plan, and the Geek was pointing out which were loaded with 64bit OS's.  M$, on Intel dual-dual, or one Quad.  It seems HP and Dell are fuckin around with both, stacking their chips and what-not.  I probably won't be serious for a few months, but is one much better, or should one be avoided?  To me, it sounds like dual-dual would be better, because quad is not perfect yet. 

Opinions?  (sorry, slightly off topic.  but all roads lead to Rome)



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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2009, 11:54:52 PM »


Also.   This thing makes me hard. 

I might get this for the aforementioned tower, just to satisfy my lust, then turn it into a jukebox after the novelty wears off.  This would be the bomb in a home theater, to flip through albums and movies like a giant iPod Touch. 




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Re: Multiple monitors
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2009, 01:01:43 AM »

I have two PCs and two monitors at work. My main PC has dual monitors and the second PC is shares the left monitor through KVM. This way I can have my right screen available with important reference info even if I have to go to my other PC.
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2009, 02:59:13 AM »


Actually, I was gonna open a thread about this very subject just this morning.


I use two 22's at work, and I like it a lot.  We have a redundant style workstation that has dual systems on opposite ends of a work area.  In other words, two screens here, and over there, two more.  Each system running on a separate tower, networked. 

I don't recall the name of the program that allows it, but I'd just have to click around to find it.  We started doing it about ten years ago with these big fuckin' 21" CRTs.  Those fuckers are heavy.  I have one that I donated to my parents rig, now that I'm on a laptop. 

Anyhow, the reason I was gonna inquire about this is because I plan on setting up another monitor.  My laptop doesn't suck so the idea was to have another screen on my desk, and I'd just unplug from it when I go somewhere. 

Eventually I want to set up another home system, then I'll just swap all my stuff around.  I was checking out some towers at BestBuy, gathering some ideas for this loose plan, and the Geek was pointing out which were loaded with 64bit OS's.  M$, on Intel dual-dual, or one Quad.  It seems HP and Dell are fuckin around with both, stacking their chips and what-not.  I probably won't be serious for a few months, but is one much better, or should one be avoided?  To me, it sounds like dual-dual would be better, because quad is not perfect yet. 

Opinions?  (sorry, slightly off topic.  but all roads lead to Rome)




If you want a decent tower for cheap I can build you one or sell you this one I've got already built right here.  I'll beat prices on any midrange tower from Best Buy, with a warrantee.  System I have here for sale currently is a 2.8ghz dual core Athlon64 with an X800GTO PCI-E graphics card on an ASUS motherboard.  I'll Sell it with 4 gigs RAM for 300 bucks shipped with a keyboard and mouse.
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2009, 03:49:45 AM »

I get really irritable if I have to work with fewer than three.

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2009, 12:58:36 PM »

and the Geek was pointing out which were loaded with 64bit OS's.  M$, on Intel dual-dual, or one Quad.  It seems HP and Dell are fuckin around with both, stacking their chips and what-not.  I probably won't be serious for a few months, but is one much better, or should one be avoided?  To me, it sounds like dual-dual would be better, because quad is not perfect yet. 

Opinions?  (sorry, slightly off topic.  but all roads lead to Rome)





I love my Windows XP 64 bit. If you are into video editing, 3D graphic creation, photo manipulation it is smok'n. Not sure about the quad, but my dual works great.

I have just the one monitor but am also hooked into my living room tv for movie watching off the PC. I have not turned on regular tv for over a year with the help of Pirate Bay and purchased DVDs. Not sure why a tv would not be counted.
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Re: Multiple monitors
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2009, 01:21:45 PM »


Actually, I was gonna open a thread about this very subject just this morning.


I use two 22's at work, and I like it a lot.  We have a redundant style workstation that has dual systems on opposite ends of a work area.  In other words, two screens here, and over there, two more.  Each system running on a separate tower, networked. 

I don't recall the name of the program that allows it, but I'd just have to click around to find it.  We started doing it about ten years ago with these big fuckin' 21" CRTs.  Those fuckers are heavy.  I have one that I donated to my parents rig, now that I'm on a laptop. 

Anyhow, the reason I was gonna inquire about this is because I plan on setting up another monitor.  My laptop doesn't suck so the idea was to have another screen on my desk, and I'd just unplug from it when I go somewhere. 

Eventually I want to set up another home system, then I'll just swap all my stuff around.  I was checking out some towers at BestBuy, gathering some ideas for this loose plan, and the Geek was pointing out which were loaded with 64bit OS's.  M$, on Intel dual-dual, or one Quad.  It seems HP and Dell are fuckin around with both, stacking their chips and what-not.  I probably won't be serious for a few months, but is one much better, or should one be avoided?  To me, it sounds like dual-dual would be better, because quad is not perfect yet. 

Opinions?  (sorry, slightly off topic.  but all roads lead to Rome)




If you want a decent tower for cheap I can build you one or sell you this one I've got already built right here.  I'll beat prices on any midrange tower from Best Buy, with a warrantee.  System I have here for sale currently is a 2.8ghz dual core Athlon64 with an X800GTO PCI-E graphics card on an ASUS motherboard.  I'll Sell it with 4 gigs RAM for 300 bucks shipped with a keyboard and mouse.

Let me think a while on it, my plans for this system are late-summer.  

The thing thats attractive about major manufacturers is they come with all sorts of little programming features.  In their overabundance, theres a handful of stuff thats actually useful.  It comes loaded with a legal copy of Vista, and all the models I was leaning towards had every port they make, so its forward compatible for anything a normal guy would buy for a long time.  Bluetooth, antivirus teasers, and a whole bunch of stuff I probably forgot.  

This next one is gonna be my Mothership, Joel.  I wouldn't mind having a secondary system networked into it, though.  That way, the Mothership could stay in hibernation if I'm just fuckin' around.  

I'll get back to you on that.  
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2009, 01:24:10 PM »


I love my Windows XP 64 bit. If you are into video editing, 3D graphic creation, photo manipulation it is smok'n. Not sure about the quad, but my dual works great.


I do a lot of charts and live data rolling in.  I have no shoop skillz. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2009, 03:12:21 PM »


Actually, I was gonna open a thread about this very subject just this morning.


I use two 22's at work, and I like it a lot.  We have a redundant style workstation that has dual systems on opposite ends of a work area.  In other words, two screens here, and over there, two more.  Each system running on a separate tower, networked. 

I don't recall the name of the program that allows it, but I'd just have to click around to find it.  We started doing it about ten years ago with these big fuckin' 21" CRTs.  Those fuckers are heavy.  I have one that I donated to my parents rig, now that I'm on a laptop. 

Anyhow, the reason I was gonna inquire about this is because I plan on setting up another monitor.  My laptop doesn't suck so the idea was to have another screen on my desk, and I'd just unplug from it when I go somewhere. 

Eventually I want to set up another home system, then I'll just swap all my stuff around.  I was checking out some towers at BestBuy, gathering some ideas for this loose plan, and the Geek was pointing out which were loaded with 64bit OS's.  M$, on Intel dual-dual, or one Quad.  It seems HP and Dell are fuckin around with both, stacking their chips and what-not.  I probably won't be serious for a few months, but is one much better, or should one be avoided?  To me, it sounds like dual-dual would be better, because quad is not perfect yet. 

Opinions?  (sorry, slightly off topic.  but all roads lead to Rome)




If you want a decent tower for cheap I can build you one or sell you this one I've got already built right here.  I'll beat prices on any midrange tower from Best Buy, with a warrantee.  System I have here for sale currently is a 2.8ghz dual core Athlon64 with an X800GTO PCI-E graphics card on an ASUS motherboard.  I'll Sell it with 4 gigs RAM for 300 bucks shipped with a keyboard and mouse.

Let me think a while on it, my plans for this system are late-summer.  

The thing thats attractive about major manufacturers is they come with all sorts of little programming features.  In their overabundance, theres a handful of stuff thats actually useful.  It comes loaded with a legal copy of Vista, and all the models I was leaning towards had every port they make, so its forward compatible for anything a normal guy would buy for a long time.  Bluetooth, antivirus teasers, and a whole bunch of stuff I probably forgot.  

This next one is gonna be my Mothership, Joel.  I wouldn't mind having a secondary system networked into it, though.  That way, the Mothership could stay in hibernation if I'm just fuckin' around.  

I'll get back to you on that.  
Of course I'd put a legal operating system on it too.  I'm not that shady.  :lol:

But if you come up with a list of features you want I could build you a pretty slick desktop and probably still beat the major manufacturers price while offering my own warrantee packaged with it.

For me my desktop is my Mothership too.  I use  my laptop only as a portable system, so that's how I build my desktops.

Anyways take your time, no rush here.
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