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"Dual Monitors" since 1983 when I hooked up a terminal as "glass printer" and extended the BIOS to hot-key output between PRN and COM1. See the first photo here. (The primary monitor is off photo.) The "2nd monitor" was only slightly less functional than the primary because my DOS 1.0 Eagle 1610 was pre-graphics. Be sure to note all the space available to spread out listings and documentation. The home-built bins for wide printouts behind me are unusually empty. BTW I still have the hat. It's quite a strange feeling to work with people younger than some of my clothing... ;-) (I still have the son too but he doesn't sit on my lap and watch me code anymore.) Crude as it was, the 2nd monitor was wonderfully productive. I'd typically Print-Screen the C variables for reference then scroll down and edit. The "glass printer" helped me get more done in less time as well as stay in flow. Even in 1983 I knew more screen space would improve my productivity. Lackus Fundus prevented a 3rd monitor -- for mainframe access I'd spent $1000 on the terminal and $300 for a used 300 BAUD modem. No photos, unfortunately, but I had dual monitors in Win 3.x. A card made the computer think it had one large monitor but the card knew it had two monitors. The monitors had to have identical specs. The four right monitors on the 2nd photo belong to my main dev box of the era. It took a long time to get its 2 framegrabbers and VGA adapters to work at the same time, but the pixels were worth the hassle. Pre-USB imaging was a pain and I miss it not at all. The last photo is of my 7-monitor laptop. I find 2*(1920x1200) + 5*(1600x1200) a very productive development platform (for a laptop. ) The photo is not a setup for the camera, it's early in a workday while there is still a little free space on my "reference" monitors for non-maximized windows. Similar to how I keep my clean undies and socks in a fixed location and can usually successfully dress before that first A.M. cup of coffee, I know exactly the position of the perhaps-overlapped window I want and can click it to the front before anyone could alt-tab there. It's great to have the space for a separate Explorer window for each folder of interest. I admit that almost never having to scroll the Locals window ain't bad either. No photos of my current 10-monitor system, but I wrote about it when it had but 9 for my woodworking buddies. UltraMon profiles let me enable and disable monitors in bulk. I don't use more than I need. Other than testing that all 10 monitors work I have yet to use more than 6. When I get to the documentation / VM testing phase no doubt I'll use them all and wish I had more. ;-)
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