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Hey Spacey, Have You Tried This? Onideus Mad Hatter 26-07-2007
 Re: Hey Spacey, Have You Tried This? SpaceGirl Reply Send to a Friend   Print
Onideus Mad Hatter wrote:

> I don't, I assume that most people are like you...stupid. Hence the
> reason I spend so much time tyring to circumvent as much of the
> stupidity as possible. A screen with a 1.6 ratio might be
> semi-suitable for watching movies on your computer, but otherwise no.
> You would find that you could get a LOT more done if you had bought
> three of four SMALLER monitors (and by smaller I mean the aspect
> ratio) and then used multiple desktops.  The trick of it is, and this
> is the part that most stupid people don't comprehend, is that the VAST
> majority of programs, websites, etc were ALL designed around a 1.3
> aspect ratio...so when you try viewing all that 1.3 content on a 1.6
> screen...yeah, wasted space, kludged interfaces and a completely
> unnatural user experience that retards your ability to multitask and
> get work done.
> I'm tellin ya, if you took even one day to switch over to a 3 to 4
> monitor setup, with the monitors aspect ratios being 1.3 you would
> NEVER want to go back to that kludgy 1.6 ratio two monitor setup that
> you've currently got.

Like I said, don't assume:

I'm a professional designer and video editor. On my left I have a 
standard 19" LCD. In the centre I have a 16:10 30" Apple Cinema Display, 
and on my right I have another 19" LCD rotated into portrait, all 
connected to my quad-core Mac Pro. Perhaps when you come even close to 
having a professional setup, you will have something to offer in this 
particular discussion* :D

I also generally have at a least two VM windows open to machines 
elsewhere on the network so I can test under Windows XP and IE, as well 
as keeping an eye on our production servers. I also usually have a 
laptop open near bye (PowerBook) that I have open with reference stuff.

>> We did a user survey about a year ago on usage of one of our sites and
>> only found about 3% of the 100,000 users we had in the snapshot
>> maximised their browsers.
> Well, your survey and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee, but not
> much else.  I mean, you're ASSuming that the people doing the survey
> even knew what the hell "maximized" meant.  I bet if you went and took
> a poll right now on the street you would find that only about 3% would
> even know what the hell you were talking about.

*We* did the survey, with a javascript sniffer. This of course did 
ignore users who did not have JS enabled, but they would not be able to 
use our site anyway.

> Reason number 827 why the Mac OS sucks balls.

No, we have something better. Instead of a bar that reads: "micro... 
micro...  micro..." we actually get a meaningful task switcher. Even 
better in Leopard! But, doesn't matter that much either way, I'm just 
telling you what users use. You can choose to believe it or not.

>> Not traditionally. Traditionally liquid layout refers to the content
>> reorganising itself depending how much space is available, not
>> actually expanding the content size itself.
> Hence the addition of "true/perfect".  Liquid, as I said, refers to
> space stretching, not really stretching the actual content, where as
> "true" or "perfect" liquid means to actually stretch the content
> itself, not simply the space it's in.

No, I understand your definition, but generally for designers this is 
not what it means.

>> At least with Flash you do have complete control over all of this.
> Yeah but most developers don't make use of it.

Agreed, but Flash has yet to hit that sweetspot where it's truly 
accepted as a development platform. Our Java programmers just sneer at 
anything with a hint of Flash :)

I do realise good design doesn't need fancy hardware :P I rally only use 
the Mac Pro for video, photoshop and layouts in illustrator on the MP... 
most of my coding a do on the Powerbook, which is a long way from being 
a power machine!


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