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How many monitors do you use?

 
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The New York Times article says people can get distracted by a second. And I've been hearing talk of three monitors.

At work, I use two. One for the documentation/reference/wiki/google. the other for code, design, email and IM. Yes, i don't consider email and IM to be an always on activity. I can't imagine what to do with three

A home. I usually use one. I use the second if i want to "watch" a videow hile surfing the net. Or for research vs code or to have a Windows or Linux virtual machine up in
 
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At work, I use 2: the MacBook Pro monitor and a larger standalone monitor. Primary editing on the larger, anything else I want to reference or see on the laptop.

At home, I have a similar setup in my home office. But, when I want to see "a lot", I'll also AirPlay a screen to the AppleTV so I can put docs up on the TV screen, and use my iPad as a monitor to view logs. This is the case where I may have 4 screens going at once in my home office. It's rare, but I've done it.

But usually I'm just sitting on my butt in front of the TV. This is the case in which I primarily use just the laptop screen (and sometimes also the AppleTV).
 
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At work one 22" . Boot into Ubuntu and then run virtual XP machine at around 15" display for most of my work. Tried a second monitor but never really used it and my eyes kept refocusing when I jumped displays. At home 17" laptop. Miss the full size monitor but love working anywhere around the house. Someday want to take over the plasma tv as a monitor when the spouse isn't looking.
 
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the MacBook Pro monitor


Bear, how big is the screen on your MacBook ?
 
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margaret gillon wrote:

the MacBook Pro monitor


Bear, how big is the screen on your MacBook ?



17" -- I'll cry when this one bites the dust as they don't offer a 17" Pro anymore.
 
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two at work. My primary monitor for writing code/interfaces, and then another with documentation/specs/examples/whatever else I need to use as my reference material.

At home, I only have one. Since I usually only game or surf at home, a second monitor would not be of much use.

I do feel crippled when I have to RDP in from home to try and do some work.

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One monitor. At work, a 24-inch monitor (1920 x 1200). At home, I mostly use my laptop, which has a 15-inch screen (1920 x 1080). My desktop PC at home has a very nice 27-inch monitor (2560 x 1440).

When working on Android code, I felt I was really missing a second monitor. It would be very convenient to be able to run the Android emulator on one monitor and the IDE on the other monitor. With one monitor I have to switch windows all the time between the IDE and the emulator.
 
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In my last workplace I had two 19" monitors which I liked. It was handy to have two things open full screen side by side such as the app and an IDE when debugging, or a tail on the logs. At my current workplace I have a 15" Laptop with a 27" external monitor. With a screen that big you really don't need two of them as it's plenty big enough to get two applications open side by side on it like I used to with the dual monitor setup. Having the laptop screen is just an added bonus but to be honest I don't make much use of it, just have my IM client and pomodoro timer on it.

Recently at work we've been getting the option of having a single 27" monitor or dual 24" monitors. I like the single 27", the dual 24" is a whole lot of head turning.

At home I just have one 27" monitor. Like I said, it's plenty big enough.
 
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A home -- two 21 inch. Also a 15 inch laptop that I will from time to time plug into the 42 inch flat screen in the living room, when the spousal unit is away.

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Jesper de Jong wrote:At home, I mostly use my laptop, which has a 15-inch screen (1920 x 1080).



Holy cow, that resolution combined with so little real estate? I'd go blind.
I used a 24" monitor at home, combined with an older 17" monitor when the situation calls for it.
At work I'm used to a 24"monitor as well, no dual screen.
 
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At work and at home, two 22" monitors. At work, one has the IDE and the other has the browser, email, OpsNav and whatever else. I could use a third for the VMware XP session that I need for testing IE6. I used to have three at home but found that it was a waste of desk space so I reduced it to two. I feel crippled when I have to go back to using just one monitor such as using a laptop to RDP into work.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I can't imagine what to do with three



I use two, but right this moment (or, at least, the moment before I distracted myself with writing this) I'd definitely be able to make use of 3. I've got an IDE in one, a remote connection to a server in another, and I'm having to keep swapping those out to get to a web browsers, ticketing system, and various other tools. Quite a few people in the office have 3.

I only have one at home, but that is a 27" (which is a big recent improvement on relying on my laptop!).

 
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Jelle Klap wrote:

Jesper de Jong wrote:At home, I mostly use my laptop, which has a 15-inch screen (1920 x 1080).


Holy cow, that resolution combined with so little real estate? I'd go blind.


I just set the font size bigger. I like a nice and sharp screen, the high-res screen is one of the reasons why I chose this laptop model. There are now laptops with super high-resolution screens (for example 3200 x 1800 pixels), I want one like that next time I buy a laptop.
 
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I too, mostly use my laptop screen. However, my cubical at work does contain a docking station and an additional monitor. So, when I decide to not work from home, I have two monitors.

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At home, four : laptop connected to two , an iMac ( music / email / youtube ), and a TV (generally watching MeTV network). On-the-go : laptop with two, and hopefully a seat near Fox News channel.
 
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At work I was using two monitors - one 13" panel for email etc and one 21" screen for development - until they swapped my PC for the organisation's standard issue laptop which is no use for development and can barely cope with email. Now I work on my own laptop at home where possible (17" screen and dead 13" flat panel that I really must replace.) or on an alternative PC at work (single 21" monitor).

How many screens can one man use, before you call him a nerd?
 
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chris webster wrote:How many screens can one man use, before you call him a nerd?


A nerd's optimal screen count is n+1 screens where n is the current number of screens.
 
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Usually 2. My MBP and then a 2nd 19" monitor. Like Bear, I'll Chromecast to a TV when I need the extra space.
 
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I use single 17" monitor at workplace and 15" laptop at home.

A screen bigger than 15" is too big for me (I had 19" monitor at workplace which I return; eventually I got 17" screen because we don't use 15" screens anymore )

There is no way I'm gonna switch to multiple monitors (even my cell phone is having 2" screen which is more than enough for me).
 
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I mostly use my laptop screen at home and at work.

At work I have an additional large size monitor, that I have never used till now.

At my previous job, I had a docking station with two large monitors. But I always used only one of those monitors. Oh yes, I had used one of the large monitors to watch cricket matches during the World Cup days. :-)

The <some adjective> programming language I was working on had a weird UI ( weird font, weird colors ) that you couldn't change regardless of your monitor size.
 
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chris webster wrote:How many screens can one man use, before you call him a nerd?



Terry Pratchett, when asked why he had 8 screens in his office, replied "because I can't fit any more in".

If he's a nerd, I'd be proud to be a nerd .
 
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I use a 22' monitor, a 17' monitor and my macbook screen
 
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Lessee. I have my supervisor. I have the department VP. I have HR. I have an ankle bracelet. I have my parole officer. And I have the judge. Then I have the flatscreen I code on.

So I use 7 monitors every day

/ seriously, I use 2
// left for code
/// right for email/chrome/pdf
 
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