Networking the news… Someday

This morning I was looking at the Microsoft Research site and saw this article
about the benefits and increases of productivity that people see when working with
multiple monitors, and OS changes which could result. It reminded me of one day recently
when I was working in my office, composing an email, updating information in a large
spreasheet and reading individual status reports in a sharepoint library. I have a
laptop that I dock under a stand that holds my beautiful 17-inch LCD monitor. Tim came
into my office and said "Hey, have you thought of using both monitors?" I had briefly
considered it, but it I didn't see enough of a benefit in it to deal with the logistics.
Tim described his set-up, and later when I tried it out (although not in a way that
I could use all the time) I realized how much easier it would make so many things
in my work to have two monitors. I'm on the lookout for something that I could use
to position my laptop screen next to the monitor, while it's still docked.

Why was I cruising the Microsoft Research site? Isn't that what most people do on
a beautiful Sunday morning? Okay, probably not. Last night we had dinner with some
friends, and were talking about various interconnections in the world of politics.
Then this morning, with all the news that's finally being pursued about the Valerie
Plame fiasco
, I was wondering how long it's going to be before it will be easy
to model networks based on publically available information (and even news stories!)
and what that will show us about who really has power in this country. So, I was looking
at the Social Computing Group's site to see what was publicly available about the
work they're doing (See MSR Connections and MS Connect and Point to Point on this page.)
Not much really, But I believe!

Comments (2)

  1. I used to use two monitors all the time on my Mac back in the late 80s and early 90s. It was especially helpful for work in Director and Photoshop: put all the tool palettes on one monitor and keep the image and/or "stage" on the other. Once people worked this way, they couldn’t stand to go back to a single monitor.

    This machine had a 16" monitor (running at the Mac standard of 832×624) as the main monitor, with a 13" (at 640×480) as the secondary. Even though this is fewer total pixels(786,432 vs. 778,368) than were available on the then-ultra-rare 19" monitors (running at 1024×768), the people developing animations and doing graphics work universally preferred the two-monitor setup.

    Perhaps I should start re-thinking my use of only one monitor….

  2. Kirby says:

    I have been thinking of using dual monitors for some time now. After reading your blog I decided to give it a whirl, and I have to say I love it. And I can’t imagine going back to a mono screen.

    Thanks for the motivation.


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