Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 15:57 UTC
Windows There is one thing that really pushes my buttons, one thing that is sure to send me off on a rant on life, the universe, and everything. I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge. With so much screen real estate, why oh why do my friends all still insist on maximising every window they come across when they sit down behind my computer? This - and more - is the subject of the latest post on Microsoft's Engineering 7 weblog.
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No reason
by DrillSgt on Sun 5th Oct 2008 17:16 UTC
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

"I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge."

Possibly because there is no reason for that much screen real estate to begin with? 21" wide screen comes in handy for gaming or watching widescreen movies. Beyond that it is overkill IMO. Reading Comprehension..notice not just reading..requires the human eye to focus. 1 window visible at a time makes a person more productive IMO.

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RE: No reason
by modmans2ndcoming on Sun 5th Oct 2008 18:17 in reply to "No reason"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

It is not unnecessary at all. In fact it is very usable. There are many times that I am reading a text and working on something related to that text. a large wide screen monitor makes that workable (the best solution is two monitors, but that can be expensive.)

Plus, with the wide screen, the vista sidebar is available all the time and gives me access to lots of nice information and resources with out having to leave my current work. (the MSDN search bar is the most useful , though I like the app launcher and piglet too)

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by DrillSgt on Mon 6th Oct 2008 02:53 in reply to "RE: No reason"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

I stand corrected. I have never seen anyone actually use it like this. I use a 2 monitor setup, as it was cheaper for 2 19" flat panels than for a single large flat panel at the time.

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RE: No reason
by sbergman27 on Mon 6th Oct 2008 01:30 in reply to "No reason"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

...wide screen comes in handy for gaming or watching widescreen movies. Beyond that it is overkill IMO.

Writing web applications. Bluefish with the file selector in the sidebar. A browser window next to that. And a terminal window running the application server under that. I do not find my 22" monitor to be excessive for that use. But for normal tasks... I maximize my windows like everyone else.

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RE[2]: No reason
by DrillSgt on Mon 6th Oct 2008 02:55 in reply to "RE: No reason"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Writing web applications. Bluefish with the file selector in the sidebar. A browser window next to that. And a terminal window running the application server under that."

Good use of it. I use 2 monitors for the same type of thing, but never thought to make that equivalent to a widescreen flat panel. My bad.

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RE: No reason
by kramii on Mon 6th Oct 2008 09:10 in reply to "No reason"
kramii Member since:
2005-07-22

I'm a Visual Studio developer, and I find my 21" flat panel alongside my 17" laptop screen a real boot to my productivity.

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