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  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    , 123tax wrote

    To the OP; have you considered monitors in portrait? 

    Actually yes, for a few days before I switched to the 3x1 setup, I had one of the monitors setup in portrait.  It didn't really end up working for me.  On top of being unbelievably tall (a 27" monitor in portrait REALLY sticks up there), it just sort of felt out of place and none of my applications really worked well on it.

    Turns out I just really value that horizontal real estate a bit more than vertical.  I'm sure if I'd used it for a few weeks I might have become accustomed to it, but it didn't feel like I was getting any value out of it.  If it was a smaller monitor, maybe like a 1920 x 1080 or something, maybe that would have been better suited for it?

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    @LarryLarsen: Well that's not good.  Must be something in my setup, but darned if I know what it could be.  I don't use any special software, toolbar replacements, start menu enhancements or any of that.  It happens on a fresh boot of the system with no windows open of any kind.

    You wouldn't happen to have any thoughts about what could cause this sort of behavior would you?  The only thing I can say is that it feels like the entire edge is what sticky corners was in 8.1; the mouse simply goes to the very top (or bottom) of the screen and just refuses to go higher (or lower) unless I move the mouse extremely fast, at which point it has no trouble.  The left and right monitors "overlap" the top and bottom monitors slightly, and I have no problem moving the mouse from the left or right edges of the top monitor into the left and right monitors.

    Here's some terrible programmer art to demonstrate the point:

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    Seems like that was a valid solution for hot corners in Windows 8/8.1, but doesn't appear to exist in 10, and some other results have confirmed it unfortunately.  Still, I'm not sure that would have been the answer since it's the entire edge of the screens as opposed to the corners specifically.

    Appreciate the suggestion though.  For the time being I'll just need to get used to moving between them; maybe it'll become second nature at some point.

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    So I bought an arm to put one monitor above my middle one, hence the 3x1 setup I was talking about the other day.  Something interesting I'm dealing with in Windows however: when I move my mouse to go up between my middle monitor and top monitor or down from my top monitor to my middle monitor, the mouse gets stuck on the top and on the bottom, respectively.  I have to move the mouse at mach 3 to get the mouse cursor to be able to "jump between" them.

    Do you all have  any idea what might be causing this or how I can prevent it?  It sounds like it might be a "sticky edges" thing, but I'm a bit at a loss as to how I can fix it.

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    The more I read from here and elsewhere, I'm starting to think perhaps a 3x1 setup might be of value.  3 on bottom, one on top.  That would certainly be a cheaper time and cost investment to try, and removing the extra 25 inches or so might be enough to reduce the drastic neck movement happening now.  If it works well, and I feel I might still benefit from 2x2, I could move forward with more confidence than I feel right now about it.

  • For those of you with >3 monitors

    Monitors are so cheap these days, honestly.  It's a business expense which I can deduct from taxes, and you can get them for under $500 a pop (and that's big ones - more "normal" size monitors are around $200 a pop these days).  They also last for years and years.  I can't think of many productivity boosters for that price point that make such a large difference; Photoshop on one monitor for slicing and dicing site layouts, IDE on another monitor, Email/Browser on another for testing, and so on.

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    Thanks for the advice.  I think I'm going to start with (part of) Cheong's suggestion and maybe flip one of them into portrait and see if that helps.  I can try cutting one out, but I'm going to avoid that for the time being.  It's really hard to go from working with four monitors for 5+ years down to three.  I know it probably sounds like overkill, but once you get a setup you're pleased with, I find it can be exceptionally hard to change.

  • For those of you with > 2 monitors...

    Wondering if you all can offer any advice.  I have 4 2560 x 1600 monitors lined up side by side in a semi-circle in front of me, with my chair positioned in the middle of monitors 2 and 3.  I've had this setup for a long time, but recently I've started to feel some pain, presumably due to the constant left and right movement of my neck.

    Do you all think a 2 x 2 monitor setup would work better, with two on top and two on bottom?  I'm happy to make the investment if it'll make a difference; I'd hate to make the purchase, re-mount all the monitors and set it all up to find out I'm just trading pain from horizontal neck movement for pain from vertical neck movement.  My theory is that the left to right movement is more severe than the up and down would need to be.

    What do you think?

  • .gov statistics: chrome is at 42% ​(mobile+des​ktop)

    Edge is winning for me on my Surface Book at least, because Chrome chews through my battery.  Maybe this isn't news to anyone else, but it surprised the heck out of me.  Chrome uses twice as much (or more) battery with about the same number of tabs open.

  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    Slightly off topic from your original question Bas, but I'd be interested if anyone here has any experience or knowledge with any materials or books that try to help with the art of requirements gathering.  In my shop, the guy who does all of the dealing with customers was on vacation for 3 weeks a couple months ago, so I had to take over the requirements gathering side of things, and I have to tell you: I've never in my life wanted to harm another human being more than these clients/customers.

    90% of the time all I could get were vague one word answers or "I just want it to look like this site over here" or "What we have now is fine, just re-skin it" and the like.  Then we'd show them something and we'd get "This isn't at all what we had in mind, where is X, Y and Z?"  It's not necessarily their fault, they aren't developers, they don't understand what we need, but it's virtually impossible to find the right phrasing to ask the client what they actually want to see at the end of the day.

    </rant>