Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 29th Aug 2011 09:50 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "Recently, Brendan and I have been arguing about what can reasonably be expected from a multi-monitor OS (among other graphical stack things). We've reached the conclusion that nothing replaces real-world user data. So anyone interested, please answer this survey about multi-monitor setups and expectations ! (Results will be published here once the amount of answers has reached a steady state, I'd say in a month at worst)" (Source)
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my experience
by fran on Mon 29th Aug 2011 12:07 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

From my own experience. (sorry for mistakes…don’t have much time for proofread now)
In many working environments a multi-monitor is a necessity not a luxury. (Do you hear boss?)

My progression went as follows.
I first worked on a single 19" LCD.
Only one screen could realistically be opened at a single time.
To split my accounting application and excel spreadsheet in that screen is impractical.
To save time I relied a lot on printing and also when detailed email instruction was received in Outlook I had to print that out also.
Not to mention the time of frequently open and closing applications.

Second
I got a 23" LCD
Now I can split my screen while enough visible fields.
Now I save time and printing costs. Not to mention your productivity.

It also is great for leisure.
When you play a game it's also more immersive.
Also when I open up Kindle through its Chrome extension in one screen and open a developer book like "PHP cookbook" or something I can do the exercises on the other second screen.
That second screen is split into notepad or php designer and a browser.
So it is a great learning setup also.

third
I got a second 23"LED
Now I usually have windows open at once. One full screen and the other split.

Some things some people should now.
Buy your LCD or LED with maximum inputs.
For instance the cheaper ones only have D-Sub inputs. Get one with DVI and/or HDMI.
There are just so many models still on the market with only D-Sub that some less informed people frequently make the mistake of going for the "special" only to realise the mistake later.

You also might run into difficulty setting up a multi monitor setup with only D-Sub. D-Sub is not supported in most of today’s graphics cards.

Also you don’t need an expensive workstation graphics card to run two or sometimes more monitor setups.
Check the outputs on your planned or current graphics card. Many graphics cards come with 1 DVI and 1 Hdmi output. You can still run multi monitor setup with these. You might need an adapter though. But they are cheap. (For DVI there is HDMI adapters..no quality loss)

Install two or more browsers.
Install two or more spreadsheet programs.
For instance now you can have two spreadsheet open alongside each other like Gnumeric and Excel. This is handy with some tasks.

My conclusion.
With the increased productivity and lesser printing costs that bigger or second monitor pays for itself very quickly. It's also great for studying.

some other links
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/helpdesk/reasons-to-have-dual-moni...

http://blog.gurock.com/articles/why-developers-need-a-multi-monitor...

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