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Your Justification for a Multi-Monitor Setup

Posted in Geek Mode at Thursday, July 13, 2006 12:35 AM W. Europe Daylight Time

Productivity has always meant a great deal to Microsoft. Besides incorporating productivity improvements in their developer tools and the Office suite, they've also improved and extended the Windows operating system in sometimes subtle ways.

One example is the ClearType technology that's been released with Windows XP. ClearType improves the reading experience if you're using a LCD monitor by smoothing the edges of characters in clever ways. Instead of simply anti-aliasing the characters on a per-pixel basis in grayscale, a sub-pixel anti-aliasing is applied. This basically means that font smoothing can be done in greater granularity. Your can read more about the technology on Microsoft's typography site. There's also a video on Channel9 covering ClearType and lots of details regarding typography in general.

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Besides the fact that I and many others consider ClearType a visual improvement, ClearType also speeds up all the reading involved tasks. Another paper concludes:

For most users ClearType-enhanced text produces a significant improvement in performance times on tasks involving extended eye-on-text interactions.

I see a lot of machines with LCDs that don't have ClearType enabled. I suspect this is because ClearType is defaulted to off and the setting is deeply buried inside the control panel. Learn how to enable ClearType by clicking on the first question in the ClearType FAQ.

Multiple Monitor Setup

However, the above is old news. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Microsoft Researcher Mary Czerwinski who said that a setup of three monitors increases productivity by 9 percent. Six displays was considered the best setup. I think buying a second LCD would be the first step to take. One I'm looking forward to.

Now playing: Massive Attack - 100th Window - Small time shot away

Thursday, July 13, 2006 9:27:19 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
Ich frag mich jetzt nur noch ob deine Musik wirklich zufällig ausgewählt wird, denn das hundertste Fenster passt ja wie der Rolladen zu den beschriehenen und bebilderten Monitoren!
Thursday, July 13, 2006 1:22:46 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
Mit Zufall hat die Wahl der Musik eher weniger zu tun. Ich habe das Album gestern bei Marci im Hintergrund vernommen und habe es dann ebenfalls gespielt, weil ich es schon lang nicht mehr gehört habe.

Die Parallele des Albumnamens mit dem Inhalt des Postings ist eine - unbewusste, aber passende - Koinzidenz.
Saturday, August 09, 2008 8:44:28 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)
I recently purchased a quad monitor array from http://www.multiplexpc.com for my day trading and while it's not as insane as the picture above, I have to say that I love it and it's definitely increased my productivity 10 fold.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 9:28:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Recently i was searching for this this .thanks for sharing about multi-monitor set up ..
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