I Bought a 30-inch Monitor (and it’s GLORIOUS!)

I can’t under-emphasize how much of a difference this makes for me.

I do most of my work on a 15-inch Macbook Pro laptop and when I started to work with some of the more complicated programming assignments for class, I noticed that I was using the “spaces” feature of Leopard to switch between programming and debugging tools.  I also had a window open for a browser in case I needed to look up some reference information.

Now I can do all of those on the same screen.

It’s hard to emphasize how much of a difference it makes in the way you interact with your computer.

In my case, I’m expecting to do a lot of programming this semester.  Couple that with the distance ed courses I’m taking in Ruby/Rails and Formal Methods and I’m going to be spending a lot of time in front of the machine.  It made sense to optimize the experience as much as possible.

Ultimately, it was my birthday that provided the final justification for the purchase.

Go out and take a look at a few and then start saving.  Amazon has a number of them at various price points.

Apple 30-inch Cinema Display

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2 Responses to I Bought a 30-inch Monitor (and it’s GLORIOUS!)

  1. Ken Vedaa says:

    I am jealous, I am working on my 12” Powerbook, which is a neat machine in many ways, but this term I am working on XML, and some of the XML, and XSL documents can get out of hand. I would imagine that having more real estate would help in many ways.

  2. nick says:

    Hmm! This is one of the programming-centric reviews of a big monitor. Thanks!

    I think ultimately, a lot of this spacing problems will be solved with zoomable user interfaces… but until then bigger is better.

    Also, Formal Methods = awesome!

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