Whenever people visit my office or see my workspace, they are always amazed by the sheer number of screens. The next question/statement is usually “what the heck do you need all those screens for”, or “you can’t look at more than one screen at a time”.
I’m not going to go into the awesomeness of multiple screens, but talk a little about how I have things setup. To be honest, this is a reduction in screens for me, heres a pic from a previous office setup (theres actually another 3 screens on the left of me which you can’t see in that picture).
Anyway, the current setup, starting from the far left.
This is an XP machine, which I use mainly for Forex trading. Although I prefer to work on OSX, and I know I could run this as a virtual machine, its just not the same experience, regardless of what any “tech gurus” might say – simply, they are disagreeing with me, and by default, wrong. Kidding of course 🙂
When I sit in in “trading mode” on this machine, MetaTrader takes up both screens. When not actively trading, I leave woopra.com up and running. For those of you that haven’t seen woopra; its a real time website visitor analytics tool. It displays visitor info/metrics in real time, including where in the world they are – which it maps (being a little boy inside, I find this very cool!). At the time I’m writing this post, I can see there are 8 visitors viewing the zovo.co website, and which countries they are in, queue some sort of cheesy world domination music here.
The last screen on the XP machine runs Bloomberg TV, which occasionally gets muted, if you’ve ever watched Bloomberg TV, you’ll know why! Another excellent web app is used here, check out zattoo.com, which lets you watch live TV channels. Unfortunately the BBC feeds have been pulled now, but Bloomberg TV is there (which save me getting a Freeview TV in here).
Coming round to my much loved Macbook, running an Apple LED display (mini DVI straight off the macbook), and a Samsung LED (BX2350), running on an ezCap USB to DVI adaptor.
I do most of my browsing, document editing, chatting, etc on here. The macbook screen gets used mainly for instant messaging and viewing youtube/ted.com etc. The Samsung LED (on the far right) has all of my social media feeds via, Twitter OSX app, and TweetDeck as well as NewsBar (lightweight, no nonsense RSS feed reader).
Tell me about your desk/workspace, and feel free to ask any questions. Usually a mention to @hamlesh on twitter will get a quicker response.
A few of my twitter followers were asking for a wider shot, so heres one I took a few days after originally writing this 🙂