Monday, June 30, 2014

A New Addition in an Already Crowded Space

Pretty sure, I have described my jam-packed den at some point in the past. Well it's not getting any emptier. You see, some silly old fart brought a new monitor home last week. Now he has two monitors as he somehow managed to shoehorn it in.


Why do you want two monitors, AC?

Well, when you do photography as a hobby, it's a joy to have a decent-sized monitor. When I got this computer almost 5 years ago, I got a 21" monitor (the one on the right), which seemed fine after working on a 17" laptop. And it has been fine, really. But I have a sneaky feeling that it is giving out a little, as I seem to detect a little unwanted line in it. Besides, I wanted a bigger, brighter monitor. I have been hankering for one for over a year now, and when Staples had a sale last week ... well ... I gave way to temptation.

The new one (on the left) is 27" and I bought it to replace the former one, but then I decided to experiment with a two monitor system. Some programs, like Lightroom and Photoshop, can use a second monitor. In the photo above, I am comparing my edited version of a photo with the original RAW file on the second monitor as I edit it on the new monitor. After a trial, I may decide that 27" is quite enough, thank you very much, and mothball the older monitor, but this is what it is for now.

By moving the tower to a little table that I also had to squeeze in, I was able to fit both monitors on my computer table, which also holds my printer and my scanner on the top shelf (in the photo).

Other items in this room include four bookcases (2 large, 2 normal) in my den, which was originally the small bedroom in our townie. I have three chairs, one being the computer chair that I am sitting on right now. I have a second, older computer, that I use for stacking, a wooden filing cabinet, and a little storage cabinet. There's a paper shredder, a recycling container, and a normal trash receptacle. There's a fridge with a little tv on top, and a Tasimo coffee maker. There are many pictures hanging on the wall and, oh, another little coffee-type table by my recliner.

I could go on to describe a few other items lurking in corners, but I am getting weary for some reason.

This probably isn't a good time to mention that I have also been contemplating a large format printer.


12 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

jeepers! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh my goodness! This room is crammed with so much WONDERFUL stuff!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

They say that bigger is better, John, and so it also applies to monitors. My PC monitor is 21 inches, although when I use the MacBook, it's only half that size at 11 inches. I can definitely understand the need for dual monitors for serious photo editing and comparison purposes. And, if it all works for you, then all the better. Your space sounds like quite the retreat or is that man cave.

Gail Dixon said...

Goodness gracious! That's a lot of stuff in one space. But I like the idea of viewing the raw image on one monitor while working on the edit on another. Brilliant!

Tabor said...

I also have two monitors. Got the larger one to process the photos and love being able to do two things at a time as well!!

Hilary said...

I feel your pain.. of overcrowding and your joy of using a fine monitor. Right now, we're both still using the dining room table as our office base. When the renos are complete, we'll each take our stuff elsewhere but for now.. yeah, overcrowded. But nothing beats a large monitor. Enjoy! I know you will. :)

Lorna said...

Where's the mirror?

Jinksy said...

Technology rules the roost, what? :-)

troutbirder said...

A man for all seasons. I'm still stuck in the 20th century...:(

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. Sounds like my studio. I want to have it all but currently have little to no space.

Mage said...

Both my husband and I said, "wow." He uses 2 - 19 inch square monitors for work every day. He drags and drops stuff between them. I have one 19 inch and behind me a 17 inch that goes with the backup computer. All our computers are on the floor. G has two as do I. We are blessed with a little natural light amid the bookcases in what was our small second bedroom. Gee, we evolved alike. :)

Donna said...

Go for it!!!
hughugs