Being so much at work during the last few month, I’ve noticed that many IT guys enjoy working with a two monitor setup. I never paid much attention to that fact and thought that those really need a second monitor are a few and that its mostly the show off for the rest.
Last week, in a very spontaneous move, I decided to try it out. We had a few of those 19-inch AOC monitors around, so I wasn’t exactly robbing anyone or anything like that. Within minutes I had unwrapped, connected, and configured in my Gnome, and I have to say that that is one of the best technology experiences I had in the last few years! It’s totally awesome!
Now, having two monitors configured as one huge desktop, I can either keep my browser separated from my consoles, or more code than every before in front of my eyes without switching virtual desktops, or have all my instant messaging at hand without polluting my main workspace. That’s brilliant, I tell you.
Downsides? Yes, sure. I haven’t yet learned to handle the setup properly, so I have to logout of my graphical interface and log back in every time I take my laptop home. It would have been so much easier if just plugging the monitor in would work. I hear that a docking station might improve the situation, but that remains to be seen.
And what I want now? More monitors. I’d love to have another monitor at work, and I’d really want to have at least one more at home. But there is no place to put it at home (I’m working on a dining table), and I’m not sure there is a way to connect two additional monitors to a laptop at work. But overall, multi-monitor setups is definitely an area I need to investigate more.