Double double

dual monitorsIf you’d been looking at my Flickr photos you would have noticed I got my second Dell 2405FP. I bought the first one last fall; the second one was provided by work. The nice thing about the 2405FP (besides being freakin’ huge) is that the native 1920×1200 resolution lets you open two fullsize browser windows side-by-side since most websites are designed to be 800 pixels wide. So the picture above shows my new workflow with 4 full size browser windows open. The far left is Gmail. Next is a WordPress edit window for this site. Followed by whatever site you’re researching. The far right is Bloglines which I use to read news feeds. A nice hack for Bloglines is turning on “Open Links In: Reuse New Window”. So if you’re running two browsers side-by-side every link you click in Bloglines will show up in the second window. It’s really slick and much faster than running tabs. I guess I’ll need to pick up a third monitor for IM.

The 2405FPW sells for $850 new. Dell had 16 refurb units last night for $650, but they’re gone already.

The left monitor is temporarily running off of my Gentoo box. I rebuilt it yesterday and can’t be happier. I had the home directories on a separate partition so I just reinstalled the root filesystem and it’s running like a dream. I had been meaning to do a reinstall since my dual tv tuner is supported by MythTV now and recently the box had been crashing (I assumed something to do with NFS since that’s all it did). It’s been working fine as a file server so I think I’ve got it fixed.


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