Been in the lab for the last week or so. That’s far lesser than others. Now the lab has 22 inch monitors. The best thing about this is that you connect your laptop to it and set it up so that its as if you have multiple monitors rather than just as a projector. Windows 7 and ubuntu make this ridiculously simple but unfortunately XP doesn’t. Windows 7 makes it so simple that you actually have to check the instructions to make sure that what you did was right.
In layman terms what this means is that I can watch From Dusk till dawn while I write this post and its great.(For Siddiqui this means that he can compile Latex on one screen while watching it being rendered on another. I suppose this will be of some use later on for me as well).
I will definitely make it a point to buy two monitors (even three perhaps) once I get out of this place(which is soon I hope, have to get done with this thesis business). A huge monitor also makes it a total pleasure to read comics. All the art and the writing just shines through. Still have to read a book on it though. From dusk till dawn is looking great on the screen left of me.
I Read some more stuff about this and people have come up with all sorts of ways to use multiple monitors. One article I read even proclaimed that it would explain how Bill Gates used his multiple monitor setup. Apparently he does some stuff wherein one monitor is exclusively kept for checking mail. I don’t know what he does with the rest though.
One thing I have to try though is install some games and see how multiple monitors scale up.
Anyway the bottom line is that multiple monitors are awesome although I am not so sure they would be a lot of fun while working because you might have to keep track of different things which means more work.