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To those who say who needs more than 1 Monitor

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    To those who say who needs more than 1 Monitor


    Hi everyone
    Discussing W8 / W8.1 quite a few people have come up with the question of why do people need more than one monitor.

    Anyway I was looking at a SAP DEVELOPER screen - and even here you can see why having TWO or even THREE screens would be ideal for this application.

    There's a HUGE number of reasons why people at work (and home) can USEFULLY use more than one monitor -- and they are getting cheap enough now to do it.

    SAP developer screenshot enc. I've arrowed the three pieces that could usefully be on separate screens. Remember the developer might want to test the application and step through it.

    Result of the query also shown --this is definitely useful on a second screen.

    (BTW try and develop these sorts of things on Mobile phones or iPads !!!!!)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I don't use SAP, but I have to say it still looks awfully like the screen on my PC at work much of the time.

    Also, when I don't have a second monitor (working away on my laptop) the ability to arrange the screen like your post (with a few rows of data above or below something else) is crucial - hence my big problem with Metro.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I don't use SAP, but I have to say it still looks awfully like the screen on my PC at work much of the time.

    Also, when I don't have a second monitor (working away on my laptop) the ability to arrange the screen like your post (with a few rows of data above or below something else) is crucial - hence my big problem with Metro.
    Hi there
    I think a lot of development IDE's (e.g IBM's Eclipse and a load of others) are often quite similar -- the point was that the individual bits / frames need a decent separate WORK AREA and this can't be done decently on a single screen - and the output / result of the application also needs its own area too.

    Imagine also if you had a PROD machine and a DEV / TEST Machine - and you needed to repair something that had broken in PROD --You'd want to step through code / behavious on BOTH machines simultaneously -- no good on a single full metro screen. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    MySQL Workbench would be nicer with the various sections broken out onto different monitors.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    MySQL Workbench would be nicer with the various sections broken out onto different monitors.
    Hi there.

    I think you've proved my point -- in the future things like MySQL workbench should have the sections available to be used on separate monitors -- people now want and expect to be able to use these and the cost of the hardware is now cheap enough to make it worthwhile -- to say nothing of the productivity increase that the developer gains.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I usually am happy with just 1 40" monitor. But when I am running Pro Tools, I have to use 2, so I can have the Edit screen on one side and the Mixing console on the other.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    the "....But when ..." . in your post says that even when you are normally happy with ONE monitor it's still nice to be able to use TWO when you want to.

    Case closed M'lud.

    Next case please. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Once you've used two monitors you wonder why you hadn't done it sooner.
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    Being an Oracle / PeopleSoft developer I live what Jimbo is talking about daily. We need several tools open simultaneously in order to get our job done as effectively as possible. The development environment, often several sessions tied to different databases, sql development tool, text editor, web browser, online documentation, migration / change control tools etc etc. Then the payroll manager calls saying production pay calc just crashed and burned so let's open up several more sessions to find out what's going on. I run 2 monitors so I can spread everything out on more real estate.

    But, in the future according to Micro$oft we won't need any of that. We just need one, maybe two programs open at a time because Metro / Modern / whatever it is named today is superior. Yeah, right, that's it. Bite me Ballmer. Don't even tell me about "the desktop". Just the thought of that festering turd Modern crap running in the background using my cpu cycles and memory chaps my butt.

    -jeff
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    I've been on 2 monitors at work for so long, it's about as normal for me as having a keyboard. I run a 24" Dell Ultrasharp (1920x1200) as well as the 14" laptop display (1600x900). I'm considering adding 1 more 24" Dell to the mix and work with both 24's and have the laptop display as my scratch space.
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