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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by nonesuch on Sun 5th Oct 2008 19:11 UTC
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I agree that maximized windows are a bad waste of space. I was, however, pleasantly surprised at the number of people reporting 2 windows open--I would have expected even that percentage to be vanishingly small, considering that most Windows applications open maximized by default.

Screen resolution is important as well. Laptops are now outselling desktops, and their most common resolution is 1280x800. Two is probably a perfectly reasonable number of windows on a machine with that limitation.

(Off-topic warning!) I feel like a bigger issue, space-wise, might be found on the other side of the platform fence: Gnome (at least in my Ubuntu) defaults to ridiculously huge fonts. This can be easily adjusted, and much easier than in Windows, but in many themes, buttons and tabs don't look right when you reduce the font size.

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