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As web workers, our minds roam free among the vast reaches of the Internet. But we get there through little portals, usually not more than 30 inches diagonally. We’ve shared our thoughts about huge monitors and multiple monitors in the past. Now it’s your turn to tell us about your own experience: how do you experience the web?

As web workers, our minds roam free among the vast reaches of the Internet. But we get there through little portals, usually not more than 30 inches diagonally. We’ve shared our thoughts about huge monitors and multiple monitors in the past. Now it’s your turn to tell us about your own experience: how do you experience the web?

Are you using a single monitor, two, or three? Did you invest in something huge, or are you using something more moderate in size and price? Is your desktop littered with icons, or a pristine field for something pretty? Or do you usually have so many windows open that you can’t even see the desktop? And if you could change your view of the web, how would you improve things?

  1. Two 19″ monitors (wish they were widescreen!). I keep my desktop clean by using FindAndRunRobot. Most of my windows issues are more along the lines of open tabs in Firefox…

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  2. In the office I have 2 19″x12″ monitors with a total resolution of 3360×1050.

    Currently my desktop is Haiku from Digital Blasphemy: (http://digitalblasphemy.com/previews/haiku2k72.shtml)

    I’m a little bit of a minimalist. I have desktop icons turned off, my Windows Task Bar on the far left (so I only get little boxes with icons to identify the applications). I hit win+d whenever I switch tasks so that I have as much of my screen real estate visually appealing as possible. ClearType and interesting background are my friends.

    Screensaver: Electric Sheep (http://electricsheep.org/)

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  3. I’m on my 15 inch notebook monitor, but I am saving up for either a 24 inch monitor, or 2 20-22 inch monitors. Which one do you think would be better?

    Justin Dupre
    http://www.blogosis.com

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  4. Two monitors, at home and at work. Giant leap in productivity when I went from one monitor to two.

    Some of my other productivity findings are detailed here…

    http://mattonmarketing.blogspot.com/2007/01/getting-organized-part-iii.html

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  5. I run on 2 Thinkpads. My primary machine is a 14″ internal screen + 22″ widescreen external monitor. The other is running a 19″ monitor only.

    So in total, I’m staring at a 22″ widescreen, 14″ standard screen, and 19″ standard screen.

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  6. Dual 17″ at work, dual 19″ at home. All are standard aspect ratio.

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  7. In my office, I view the web using one 19 inch and two fifteen inch LCDs flankers. Each one rotates from landscape to portrait.

    At home, I have a choice: a projector in the living room (for movies and, sometimes, writing and working on budgets), a 32 inch lcd in the bedroom(for surfing and watching videos), two 17 inch lcds (mostly for writing and research), a tablet PC (it’s still the workhorse, pinch hitter, and I find myself using it in tandem with the rest), or a Nokia N800 (I’m finding I use this when I travel, for reading, and always there gmail, etc.). It all depends on where I sit and what I’m doing.

    In between, I carry the Nokia most everywhere, and I use a bluetooth keyboard for writing and teaching. Most of my apps are now web based. The tablet used to be my system of choice for mobile computing; now, it’s the N800.

    I think one adapts the set up to the job, and it’s more about flexibility and options than it is about any one portal. After all, monitors and systems are relatively cheap; time, one the other hand, is dear. Being able to do the job one needs to do where ever one happens to need (or want) to be is what’s it’s all about. In fact, I’m finding I’m now moving between portals, systems, and various setups based on where I want to be, where I’m comfortable, and what I need to do.

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  8. I use four 19″ monitors. I trade the stock market, so I use every square inch of the screens for charts. I was surprised just how much my productivity jumped up on non-trading tasks when I went from 2 to 4 monitors.

    It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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  9. I love my screen real estate, and I use three monitors on my desktop setup: a 23″ LCD flanked by 2 20″ LCDs. I use the left-hand monitor (which has its own keyboard in front of it) for writing, the center for e-mail, RSS, and surfing, and the right monitor for communications: IRC, instant messaging, and Skype. My laptop is a 17″ MacBook Pro with the 1920×1200 LCD, which allows me to replicate my desktop experience as best I can.

    I don’t really concern myself with keeping the desktop clean because all 3 monitors are mostly filled with open windows. I also don’t see much room for improvement—Exposé on Mac OS X makes it fairly easy to find the open window I’m looking for.

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  10. One 24″ 1920×1200 LCD, next to my laptop, a 15.5″ 1680×1050 LCD.

    I sometimes regret purchasing the 24″ screen, because I could have purchased two 22″ monitors for the price *and* had money left over, but it’s a monitor with a lot of little features that I like – tons of inputs, USB ports (nice because my computer’s under the desk), etc.

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