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How to Arrange Dual Monitors to Your Advantage

How to Arrange Dual Monitors to Your Advantage

The Best Dual Monitor Setup for You

This is supposed to be a handy, on-demand guide for power users such as programmers to discover their optimal dual monitor placement. Nonetheless, this article contains relevant guidance for single-monitor setups as well.

Ergonomics are just as important as productivity—if not more important. Therefore, I have written this guide to emphasise how you should best arrange dual monitors in your computer desk setup.

To illustrate the need for an ergonomic workstation, imagine the worst possible ergonomic scenario:

How to arrange dual monitors as a programmer for maximum enjoyment
One you’ve can arrange dual monitors effectively, you can sit back and relax…
  • You spend 21 hours a day in front of a computer screen due to your programming profession
  • During this time, your posture is absolutely and undeniably terrible
  • It’s a dark room, meanwhile, your dual monitors are illuminating your desk
  • Having your eyes sit two mere inches from the display is not healthy

Evidently, in a world dominated by computer technology, it becomes imperative to take ergonomic precautions as a computer enthusiast.

In addition, arranging your dual monitors diligently enough might actually increase your productivity! After all, the organisation of your workspace translates into how efficiently you can work.

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Why This Sleep Tracking Smartwatch Will Enlighten You (Fitbit Versa Review)

Why This Sleep Tracking Smartwatch Will Enlighten You (Fitbit Versa Review)

The Best Value Sleep Tracking Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa

Providing a solid load of useful features at such an affordable price, the Fitbit Versa is certainly a superior option for those wishing for sleep-tracking excellence—despite the few problems.

 

You Know Less About Last Night Than You Think

As we all know, sleep is paramount for a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle. Alas, it is equally obscure to us, since we’re not really fully conscious when we engage in such activity. This problematic reality, though, can be changed with the help of a sleep tracking smartwatch!

Otherwise, you are left guessing how long you slept based on when you got into bed and when you awoke. Obviously, this will produce inevitable inaccuracies regarding the under/overestimation of the time it takes for you to get to sleep.

Make sure that you get enough good sleep

Sure, while you could take the average time (about fourteen minutes or so), it’s merely an average. In other words, everyone is different, so you need to find out your sleep patterns specifically.

Moreover, even if you can accurately estimate how long you’ve slept, that’s still not the whole story. For instance, there is no concrete indication of your quality of sleep.

Even if you get plenty of time in bed, that does not mean that your sleep quality is optimal.

Sleep stages—the phases of sleep we go through each night—also play a key role in all of this. And it’s important that you have an awareness of it.

Before we begin looking at a sleep tracking smartwatch, let’s first see how they can benefit you.

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Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

The Dark Side of Choosing a Monitor (for Productivity)

What’s your process for choosing a monitor when you need it?

Big or small? High resolution or low resolution? Astonishing or affordable?My dual monitor setup involving my laptop and desktop side-by-side

Perhaps you do not even give the fine details of that intimidating specification sheet any substantial thought. Nevertheless, there is always something you may have not considered with regards to choosing a monitor.

Considering the scores of opportunities for customisation, the inevitability is that you could enjoy a variety of unique monitor setups; with no doubt, we are likely to find a multiplicity of absurd, dark, and
questionable monitor configurations.

That is—as long as you have the audacity to stride forth and search intensely.

Don’t worry though: thankfully, we will have no need to explore the intricacies of the dark web. Rather, today’s aim is to enlighten all of you avid enthusiasts by presenting numerous inspiring ideas regarding monitors.

Everything monitors.

And who knows? If you’re in the market for a brand-new monitor or something like that, this could open your mind to new potential! Having experienced the peaks and troughs of the rollercoaster of screens, I’m fairly confident I know the choices of monitors.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention—my tremendously tremendous ideas revolve around maximising productivity.

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Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

The Question of Dual Monitors

Having seen the innumerable professionals claiming increased productivity with multi-monitor setups, you may be asking yourself one question; are dual monitors worth it for you?Are dual monitors worth it, some think so

Evidently, you must be viewing these words with some form of display, unless you’re listening to them. Perhaps, in some one-of-a-kind scenario, you are feeling these words—spiritually.

Sixth sense and all that, you know?

My point is: you have a monitor, so is it worth your time, money, and energy to go out there and buy a complementary monitor?

Also, if you aren’t already familiar, a dual monitor setup enables you to utilise the screen space of both. This
is from a single computer, too, much like extending your current monitor—to an extent(!)

Therefore, with the assistance of increased screen real estate, you can see more applications, tools, and content etc. Moreover, more stuff to see, in theory, leads to a big boost in productivity.

Or so you thought…

For you see, dual monitor setups may not always help us multitask—likewise—productivity. For this reason, “Are dual monitors worth it” suddenly becomes a substantially more complex, mind-boggling question.

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Your Computer’s Power Consumption: Should You Care?

Your Computer’s Power Consumption: Should You Care?

Your Computer and Your Energy Bill

What is the impact of your computer's power consumption on your energy bill?

When you’re paying your bills, remember that your computer could represent a small or large portion of the price.

We all know that computers consume electricity. But have you given your computer’s power consumption much of a thought?

After all, your computer—unless you practise black magic—contributes to your electricity bill at the end of the month. Exactly how much so depends on a multitude of factors, namely the power consumption of your computer.

Furthermore, you will never know whether you would be happy with your computer’s electricity drain until you find out; you can’t judge what you don’t know.

Perhaps your computer is using costing far less than you previously expected. Perhaps your computer is consuming far more than what you’re happy with. Or, maybe, its power consumption is just right.

Regardless, we can all find out together—as one (one entity). In addition to that, we will briefly hop through the realm of power saving techniques.

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Are Macs Worth It? Most Revealing Arguments from a PC User

Are Macs Worth It? Most Revealing Arguments from a PC User

Are Macs Worth It, or Are They Overpriced?

It is a fact that there is a sizeable portion of people who avoid Apple Macs like they’re a plague. Some even avoid Apple products altogether. Today’s focal question is: do these people genuinely have a point? Are Macs worth it?

Let’s find out.Zucking Your Data

Several people I know laugh at the mere possibility of buying a Mac computer, as they believe Windows is superior. And, to clarify, this is for all circumstances—as if Macs are of no significance.

Indeed, they maintain quite a closed-mind when it comes to comparing technological brands; it’s called denial.

Ignoring that, though, let us first establish a starting point for our investigation. Our initial impression of the Mac.

The myth I find being thrown around rather thoughtlessly is the notion that Macs are overpriced. Moreover, many perceive Macs as being all about the aesthetics, coupled with an incapable operating system and incapable hardware.

With that in mind, let me tell you this right here and now: there’s more behind the mythological curtains of Apple Mac devices!

Perhaps Macs are worth it—for you.

But exactly how much material can we scrape up from behind the scenes? As a 100% PC user, I’ll be your fairly balanced detective for as long as you read this article…

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7 Things I Liked About Windows 10 Mobile (Before it Died)

7 Things I Liked About Windows 10 Mobile (Before it Died)

Introduction to Windows 10 Mobile

Apple’s iPhones and the endless selection of Android phones first come to mind when you think of the word “smartphone.” In addition to this, you may have also heard of Windows 10 mobile—the OS for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones.

Indeed, Microsoft has had a jolly old time in regard to mobile devices—in past years.

Close up of the the Microsoft Lumia 640 using Windows 10 Mobile
My Lumia 640

With the introduction and widespread usage of Android and iOS, though, Microsoft and brands such as Nokia suffered; from Windows Phone 7, 8, and 8.1, to Windows 10 mobile, they never quite obtained a significant market share.

Elaborating a bit more on Windows 10 mobile—that seemed to be another attempt to claw back your interest. Windows 10 mobile, after all, was designed for an ultimate cross-device experience.

Furthermore, with the Universal Windows Platform, Microsoft really wanted to appeal to developers and consumers alike: the prospect of a single application that can run on multiple Windows platforms, with no problems?

I must say, that idea appealed to me, thus I dabbled in UWP app development for a while.

What’s more, when I went to buy myself I new phone, I looked at Windows 10 mobile. But why would I do this?

In this article, I’ll be outlining several reasons that pulled me into the Windows 10 mobile platform.

By the way, I’m using the Microsoft Lumia 640 (upgraded to Windows 10 mobile).

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Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

That Challenging Question When Buying a New Computer

If you’re anything like me, you would want to guarantee yourself the best return on investment when making a purchase. Accordingly, you may spend a considerable amount of time pondering over the question of a laptop or desktop for programming.

Otherwise, deciding between a laptop or desktop for programming is something you should consider—at the minimum.

Laptop or desktop for programming

It is, indeed, relatively effortless to select computer hardware for the mere mortals. (The gamers, web surfers, document-fixated employees etc, that is to say.)

But, for power users, the situation isn’t invariably easy as evaluating what’s going to give you the best framerates. If you’re here to choose a laptop or desktop for programming, you’re probably concerned with the speed of compilation.

Moreover, this becomes exceedingly deep when the idea of a budget—especially a limited one—is thrown into the mix.

The last point—budget—will have an indisputable, immense impact on the decision between a laptop or desktop for programming. Not to mention, the differences between the characteristics of laptops and desktops for programming only add to the complication.

So, what is the best configuration for you?

Of course, as with many things, this decision ultimately depends on you and your needs.

As a result, the well-justified decision is one in which this is appreciated as well as thoroughly considered.

In this article, I’ll merely guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of laptops and desktops for programmers. We’ll consider the various use-cases a power user—not necessarily a programmer—could experience.

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Best Mouse for Programming 2018? You Need to See This!

Best Mouse for Programming 2018? You Need to See This!

The Best Mouse for Programmers of 2018

Logitech G502: The Best Mouse for Programming

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB (Wired) Mouse

Verdict of the Logitech G502

Boasting excellent value, This is the best mouse for programmers and power users in general: a must-try if you’re right-handed (or willing to use your right hand) and haven’t experienced a mouse quite like it.

Why You’ll Love It:

  • Very durable and sturdy
  • Comfortable to use
  • Plenty of customisation (and productivity) with programmable buttons
  • Hyper-fast scrolling
  • Good quality laser tracker
  • Adjustable weight

The negatives:

  • Right-handed only
  • Only ideal for stationary desktop work environments (wired)
  • Suboptimal feel of the scroll wheel
  • Middle click requires some good force
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PC Building in 2018: How to Defeat the Infuriating Problems

PC Building in 2018: How to Defeat the Infuriating Problems

Why Would PC Building Be A Good Idea?

Before we step into the problems associated with PC building in 2018, why would it be a reasonable idea—ever? Well, it turns out that there is a multitude of various motives behind PC building.

It’s (Generally) Cheaper

Custom PC Building

Firstly, building your own desktop computer can be better value for your money than something pre-built. This seems reasonable since you are buying each component and assembling it yourself, not paying someone else to do so.

However, PC manufacturers such as Dell, ASUS, and even CyberPowerPC etc order OEM—original equipment manufacturer—components in bulk. OEM computer components tend to be cheaper per product, albeit they are exclusively intended for resale by another computer manufacturer. For example, Dell would buy Nvidia’s OEM graphics cards as opposed to the consumer models.

Don’t get excited too soon—while OEM product might be cheaper, they are certainly not better; unsurprisingly, these products come with no warranty even if you do get a hold of an OEM product. This is because the reseller of the product will provide a blanket warranty for the entirety of the computer system.

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