RE: Business case for dual monitors

Subject: RE: Business case for dual monitors
From: "Greg Holmes" <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 06:10:57 -0400

Kevin McLauchlan wrote:
>I'm willing to bet that, with the exception of a few Techwr-l
>members who pride themselves on getting the most out of limited
>tools[*] and pretending that they never experience discomfort...
>the rest of our list-members are either already using multiple
>monitors (or single big'uns), or are even now conniving to get

I guess it's just matter of preference. Big monitor, yes.
Wide monitor, definitely. LCD, absolutely.

But I tried dual monitors for a bit and it was just ...
annoying to me. Even when everything worked perfectly[1], I
really didn't feel there was any benefit. They were both wide,
so they really couldn't both be "in front" of me. I had to
have a primary monitor and one "off to the side". It was more
annoying and time consuming to be turning my head then it
was to just flick ALT+TAB and keep my gaze forward. Three
sides of my primary screen were a bumper for my mouse
like normal, but one side was an abyss where the mouse
cursor kept falling off ;)

[1] Which it didn't. Example: oh, I must have dragged an
email off to the side monitor once, so *clearly* that means
I want *all* new emails to open over there from now on.

Anyway, I understand why dual monitors are better in theory, but
for me personally experience didn't bear that out.

Greg Holmes

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