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through the looking glass.

Here''s another story about how i deliberately put chaos into my life.

at work i was recently given a laptop to replace my desktop. One of the options that can be used for display is to have the laptop monitor and the standalone monitor be one large extended monitor. I wanted more desktop space, so i opted for this, setting up my desktop monitor on the left hand side and my lappy on the right hand side because that's how i figured it would work the best.

When i started fiddling around with settings to get the computer to recognize this, it sort of blew up on me. It told me that it couldn't do this due to "laptop resolution restrictions" or some other such silliness even though the settings i gave for the lappy were fine, mimicking what they were for an existing single monitor set up. Then, in trying to revert, it seriously frelled my display, changing the hertz cycle or something that made one of my monitors completely unreadable. I had to restart the lappy to get it to work properly.

after about a half hour of fiddling with this and getting nowehre, i decided at random to see if setting the display to pretend my lappy was on the *left* hand side of the monitor versus on the right side would make any sort of difference, and.... it worked like a charm. I thought, "maybe it just needed a little kick to get it to work", so i tried to change the setting to have the lappy display as if on the right side, and it broke again. So i switched it back since having the lappy display the left half of the desktop worked fine.

the logical next step for Normal People would be to switch their physical set up so that it visually makes sense.

me != normal.

Instead, i decided that it would be neat to get used to a new sort of system, to leave it the way it was. So my lappy is still physically on the right side of my monitor but is displaying the left half of the desktop. So if i need to navigate my mouse between one monitor and the other monitor, i have to move the mouse in the opposite direction. i've only had it like this for a couple of days, but i'm already starting to get an intuitive feel for it so that i'm never confused.

which is wonderfully wonderfully surreal.

yup.

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specter_13
Apr. 30th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
mendel=wins
ktmoss
Apr. 30th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
*rustles hair* my silly little nutter. :)
billyjr82
Apr. 30th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, most computers don't like having their primary monitor on the right side. Theoretically I don't see why it wouldn't work, other than maybe 'cause the programmers went like "who in their right mind would want the primary monitor on the right side?"

lol
snickers1127
May. 1st, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
These programmers obviously didn't account for people like Mendel. ^_^ As it is, I think combo setups like his could easily go either way.
billyjr82
May. 1st, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Well it also depends on money spent on programmers to code the feature vs how much return are they going to see from said feature. For example, I know some video cards are capable of letting you put one monitor above the other, or even above and to the right if your monitors are not level with eachother. But that again depends on the card and the developers.
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lifeofmendel
May. 1st, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
heard about it. is it fun? are there prizes or something, or is it just for bragging rights or what?
shandrew
May. 1st, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
On my setup at work, I have my laptop screen physically under the big monitor. The computer's logical screen is set up with the big monitor to the upper right of the laptop screen. It took about a week to get accustomed to.

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