[vcf-midatlantic] OT: One modern PC, two screens

Jason Perkins perkins.jason at gmail.com
Thu May 19 13:19:26 EDT 2016

My desk is always a mess, but I don't think I could go back to having
just 2 screens :)



On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM, David Hoelzer via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> :) I’ve moved to four screens (three 24”, one 32”) on arms ranged around and across the far edge of the desk on arms. The two right screens are hooked to my main workstation, the two left screens are hooked to a Windows box and switch to a MorphOS box and a server that are tucked away on secondary ports. I have Synergy installed (amazing) that lets me move my mouse all the way from the far right of my desk to my far left and the keyboard follows it. :)
> Life is good (and largely wire free)
>> On May 19, 2016, at 1:13 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On 05/19/2016 09:40 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> Starting to think I need a second computer monitor. My PC is 5 years old
>>> and only has the one VGA port (no DVI/HDMI), so do I need to get a video
>>> card? For those who've done it -- do you find it distracting to have
>>> your display spread across two screens? A priority is to spend as little
>>> as possible.
>>  I've nearly always used two or three displays on my desktop system,
>> until fairly recently when I rearranged my main work area and moved to a
>> single 24" display.  That was pretty restrictive.  After that, about a
>> year ago I moved to a 42" 4K display.  That finally gave me enough
>> workspace, but more is always better.  I'm getting closer to moving my
>> lab to the new building, so I've been thinking about how my new desk
>> arrangement will be set up, and I will probably either add another 4K
>> display or at least a smaller "ancillary" display.
>>  The biggest issue adjusting to two displays is the "looking in the
>> middle" problem.  If they're placed symmetrically, and you're accustomed
>> to looking at the middle of one display, well, you see the problem.  So
>> you're faced with either learning to split things in half and look back
>> and forth, or have one "primary" display and a "secondary" off to one side.
>>  Of course that's not an issue if you do three. ;)
>>  More desktop real estate can be a tremendous productivity booster,
>> whether you get it with more resolution and size on one display or from
>> multiple displays.  Either way, do it, and you'll likely immediately see
>> the benefits.
>>                -Dave
>> --
>> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>> New Kensington, PA

Jason Perkins
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