To have one monitor, or more than one, that is the question.

Posted in Technology on July 29th, 2008 by Demitri Baroutsos

Thought I’d keep this post separate from the previous so it could have it’s own comments.

Ever since the ability to have more than one monitor on a single machine I’ve been a fan of dual monitors. I just feel it’s so much more productive to have certain things on certain screens so that you can quickly glance from one screen to the other rather than having to ALT-TAB between them. Like coding on the main monitor and having a reference book/website open on the other monitor or a media player on the secondary while working on the primary. I would rather prefer working with two monitors than one big wide-screen monitor (although I’ve not worked on a wide-screen long enough to say for sure, but they do look damn sexy!).

So, what’s your preference?


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Tuesday stuff…

Posted in General, Technology on July 29th, 2008 by Demitri Baroutsos

Yeah, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate title for this post, so that’s it. We had a nice daddy-daughter day yesterday with my eldest. Starting with a follow-up visit to the chiro and then went to visit mom at her office and brought lunch with us too.

We then took a drive to a nearby place where kids can take pony-rides but unfortunately no one was availabe, so we went to the local mall amusement park instead. Why is it that when you show kids, “look, these are the coins we have for the various games, once they’re up, they’re up” that they’re keen to accept that fact, yet when the last coin is used up, they insist you get more. Why should the fun stop just because some flat-metal discs have all been used up, after all there’s a magic machine over there that spits them out for you! Anyway, after a few trips to the token machine and lots of various games we headed across the way for a milkshake (and to my surprise, a breakfast request too, after we alredy had lunch!). What is it with kids metabolism that some days they’ll refuse to eat and others they wont stop!? We then rented a couple kiddie DVDs and picked up my younger little one from the creche so that they could watch them before supper that evening. All in all a good day (nice weather too, mind you, for the middle of winter).

This morning I had an appointment with the principal of the primary school in our neighbourhood to prepare for next year’s intake of Grade 1’s. I cannot believe my eldest daughter is going to “big” school next year!? Let me tell you, it was a weird feeling being in the principal’s office again, especially since it was more than 15 years ago that I last was in one (no, I wasn’t misbehaving, much). I found it interesting that apperently principals aren’t allowed to “interview” the kids before they join the school anymore – I would have thought that would have been a great way to assess which kids got placed into which classes (proficiencies, etc). Oh well, guess it’s just the normal paper-work and then comes the big spender, like school uniforms, books, writing implements, etc!

I came across this post this morning, on Lifehacker about nifty little add-ons for Windows Explorer (mostly Windows XP only) to add more powerful and useful functionality to your existing file manager. With the exception of add-ons like TeraCopy, I’m usually one of those that has tried and installed quite a few add-ons but the fad soon wears off and I forget about them. But maybe there’s one or two there to your liking that might make your day a little bit more productive (either at home, or at the office). I guess it’s one of those “old habbits die hard” type of things and you just fall back into doing things the way you always did, before all these nice little extras were invented. I stil find myself doing odd things at times like looking through directories in a command window! Ahh, the days of DOS.


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