Three Screens Are Better Than Two

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Since I had a rough week last week, I thought I would post something fun today. While some people are just jumping on the dual-monitor bandwagon, I have recently moved on to three screens.

Three Screens

Of course that is not exactly true. The two screens on the right are attached to my new Dell Dimension 9150 workstation. The one on the left is attached to my old Shuttle system. That there is running the VMWare Server that hosts Subtext’s CruiseControl.NET build server.

The only reason I got the third screen is that because of a deal they were offering, it actually lowered the cost of the lease to get this screen than to not get it. You can’t beat a deal like that!

Rather than using a KVM, I am using MaxiVista to remote control the computer via the third monitor. That works pretty nicely, though MaxiVista seems to hiccup alot.

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12 responses

  1. Avatar for ben
    ben May 8th, 2006

    very nice setup :) can you point me to where you got that cool dual-monitor wallpaper?

  2. Avatar for Ken Robertson
    Ken Robertson May 8th, 2006

    I think multiple monitors in portrait mode is the way to go. Currently only have dual 20" in portrait (, but might get 3 sometime.

  3. Avatar for Meh...
    Meh... May 8th, 2006

    That's nice... Meanwhile, I'm typing this while looking at a curved 17" monitor about 8 years old, with absolutely no hope of getting something better (well, there's a 10yo 19" NEC with an even bigger curvature in the nearby cubicle...).

  4. Avatar for Jon Rowett
    Jon Rowett May 8th, 2006

    on the subject of multi-monitor setups, i enjoyed this post today:
    "I'd say that with a single 1440x960 resolution screen, I work at maybe 10-20% capacity." he takes a second monitor *on the road*

  5. Avatar for Frank
    Frank May 8th, 2006

    Maxvista really rocks! Cool suggestion. They currently offer 30% discount.

  6. Avatar for Cody Beckner
    Cody Beckner May 8th, 2006

    Multiple monitors is definitely the way to go. As for MaxiVista... Synergy (http://synergy2.sourceforge... does the same thing quite well and it is free. Have to love free.

  7. Avatar for Thomas Freudenberg
    Thomas Freudenberg May 8th, 2006

    +1 for Synergy. I use it permanently and am very pleased.

  8. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight May 8th, 2006

    Damn all of you and your dual monitor setups. I feel so antiquated over here w/ my single 20" LCD. I have been thinking of getting a secondary 19" though as they are currently dirt cheap on the Dell website (< $300).

  9. Avatar for Paul Duggan
    Paul Duggan May 9th, 2006

    Hmmm! I'm interested. Why a Dell Dimension 9150 Workstation? I'm in the market for a new machine and had been considering a Precision. Something that won't cower in the face of Visual Studio 2005!
    Whats the 9150 like?

  10. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 9th, 2006

    I'm afraid I don't have a scientific explanation for why the Dell Dimension 9150 apart from the fact that my company has an account with Dell and my coworker has the Dell Dimension 9100 that he's very happy with.

  11. Avatar for Simon
    Simon May 9th, 2006

    Synergy may be everything but nothing like Maxivista. Synergy only provides the remote control part. But the cool thing about Maxivista is the *monitor* sharing.
    Check yourself:
    How would you do THAT with Synergy?

  12. Avatar for Steve Harman
    Steve Harman May 10th, 2006

    Wow... that demo is pretty sweet.
    I do have to admit that I am a sucker for free (as in both speech and beer) stuff, but that Desktop Extension feature of MaxiVista is just too damn cool. I would be able to bring my [work] laptop home, hook up to the [wireless] LAN and immediatly extend my desktop.
    Hmm, I think I'll certainly give the free trial a shot, and see if it's worth the $35.