TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Lauriston
> In the era of high-resolution monitors and VMware, I have no use for
> two displays.
> I rarely even have a use for the full width of my 1650x1050 display
> except on the rare occasions when I need to look at two or more
> windows at a time. 17 inches is way too wide for writing or editing a
> single document, and I can only look at one document at a time.
Shows-ta-go-ya how people have very different working styles.
Unlike some, my head does not contain everything. I use paper notes
Mostly, I'm working with a word processor or HAT window open
(or both...) plus several e-mails, plus several Notepad instances,
plus several Windows Explorer windows (onto various locations in
my own PC, and a couple of servers), plus a couple of browsers
with each several tabs, plus some command-line console windows,
plus maybe a remote-desktop window to a test machine.
I want real estate.
When I'm standing 20 inches from the place where my two
1600x1200 displays touch, I can scan from edge to edge
of the two-display desktop without moving my head more
than about 15 degrees. Usually, I orient on the window
where I'm typing, and have the source (or notes) window
close enough that I can swivel just my eyes to that
secondary text, then let them center themselves, which
puts them back where I was watching what I'm typing.
Very little head movement needed.
I have to prompt myself to swivel various bits and
stare out the window now and then, to relax my eyes.
> In the past I had shoulder problems from ergonomically unsound work
> environments, and having to look sideways all the time doesn't seem
> like a good idea to me.
Nor is there any reason to, unless you had your nose
practically pressed to the display.
My old eyes can't focus that close, so there's no
danger of that, for me. Besides, I don't like it.
When I enter a Cinema and only the front three
rows are still available, I go back and get a
refund, vowing to return earlier for another
showing, to get a seat back far enough that I
don't need to swivel... yet not in the nosebleed
The information contained in this electronic mail transmission
may be privileged and confidential, and therefore, protected
from disclosure. If you have received this communication in
error, please notify us immediately by replying to this
message and deleting it from your computer without copying
or disclosing it.
Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help.
Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need. Try
Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days. http://www.doctohelp.com
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-