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Entering the Dual-Monitor world

Dual Screen DesktopThe first time I used 2 display on one computer was around 1997, with Windows 95. At that time, one of two computers at my home broke, so there was one monitor more than computers. As I was trying to fix the broken computer, I wanted to test whether the graphic card was broken, but as I was too lazy too remove the old one in the working computer, I simply plugged them both into one computer (they were all PCI at that time). Once plugged in, I played around with the settings and then suddenly realised that I had just doubled the working space of the computer. This is quite a lot at that time, where we only had tiny 14″ CRT screens. As I was playing around with Winsock at that time and was creating something like VNC at that time, it was really helpful having two instances of a IDE running, one on each screen, to test the communication. But as monitors were incredibly expensive at that time and as I couldn’t convince my dad to buy a new monitor for the next computer, I never used a dual-monitor setup again until a few days ago.

As LCD prices are dropping like crazy these days, really good used ones with good panels are sold for the price as crappy ones on eBay. So I decided to buy myself another one of the current 20″ screen I already have, a Belinea 10 20 35W. Unlike the usual €150 22″ LCD screens, the Belinea uses a Premium MVA-Panel with a really good contrast and pretty colors. MVA-Panels are much more expensive than the average TN-Panel, but because noone on eBay really cares about it, they get sold for the same price as normal TN-Panel screens. So I waited for someone to sell his screen and bought it for €100, which is €500 below retail price.

Now I have the two screens next to each other and started to use them. But soon, things started to bug me… The task bar was always only on one screen and I never knew which program was on which screen. As I googled around for a nice background for the two screen, I stumpled upon UltraMon. UltraMon is a great tool for people using 2 or more screens, as it allows you to have a taskbar on each screen showing the programs running on it and also allows Wallpapers to go through both screens. So now developing qTranslate has before even more comfortable!

Here are some really great Wallpapers I found:

Ninjas

Ninjas can't catch you

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Forest

Forest

Road Side

Road Side

Sunshine

Sunshine

Field

Field

4 Responses to “Entering the Dual-Monitor world”

  1. Joachim:

    In the meantime 23″ monitores are cheap enough. I think there is no need to work with two monitores at all.

    so long
    Joachim

  2. Qian Qin:

    I actually upgraded to three monitors, but usually I don’t have that much applications open to cover all three, so I guess two are sufficient. But I still think having two displays is better than having one huge screen as you can use one application in full screen while still be able to work with other programs simultaneously.

  3. Adam Lai:

    Ya,I totally agree.I using a laptop,and plus a normal lcd screen, this is because the light in my office just too shine,that it got reflection on laptop screen.
    Anyway,two screen seems to be better, but recently,I leave my normal job and life as a freelancer,got one screen,seems all right…

  4. Chris:

    Thanks for the information. This has been a huge help. Now I just need to figure out how to stretch the wallpaper across both screens.