Monitor solutions–what works best for you?

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I am slowly but surely cleaning out the old technology bin at the house. It is funny how much stuff you end up collecting over time. I would laugh but my back hurts from carrying it upstairs right now.

Yesterday I talked about my favorite hardware (printer and pc). Today I would like to debate the merits of two solutions:

  • Dual monitors
  • Single large monitor

When I write whitepapers, blogs and other documents I find a single large monitor is the easiest solution in terms of both functionality and usability. On the other hand if I am browsing the web or doing research I find the dual monitors to be a better overall solution.

The large monitor affords me the option of large type (which helps with the old guy fading eyesight issue) while the dual monitors allow me to keep a OneNote book open (the greatest research tool ever) and a web page (or more with tabs) open in the other window.

So I started thinking (which I know is a dangerous thing) about monitors and how we use them.

What tasks are best suited for which monitor solution:

Task Monitor solution best suited for the task Notes
Writing large It is easier for me to leverage the larger screen for writing
Internet Research dual one screen for OneNote and one for IE
Media ripping single smaller screen I don’t tend to use the computer I am ripping stuff on (Video or Audio) so it really isn’t a screen issue.
Remote Desktop Large Easier to see


This is my start anyone else? Tasks and which monitor solution is best for them?



Friday and the mind wanders

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Over the years of my computing career (and IT career) I have had a number of types of computers. Recently I have transitioned from HP to ASUS. I had a ASUS many years ago and frankly it was awful. But lately not only are their products better, but so is there support.

I still however, love HP printers.

So I was thinking about the printers, scanners and other things I have in my office (which for the most part looks like the aftermath of a bomb explosion) a number of things that I’ve over the years stopped using. I also have a number of things that I can’t live without. I have been getting rid of the things I don’t use anymore, and there is always my hat collection (which I don’t use but am not getting rid of).

Favorite Printer:

  • HP Color LaserJet and HP Design Jet (tie)

Now – portable printer is a different matter. There are times you need to print while you are on the road. I like the HP Deskjet 470 for mobile printing (its color).

Favorite Computer:

  • ASUS Ep121 Slate

Someday there will be one device to rule them all.



Innovate to the point of saturation

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Innovation vs rate of change

Change is always a tough thing for a business, person or even an agency or group to implement. Change means that something we have done or are doing doesn’t work now or needs to work differently to be effective.

So a question that came to me was the overall rate of change when innovation is engaged, does it change?

I have a chart I am working on (eventually I suspect rather than a book this will become a presentation – the faces of innovation). In this chart I am considering two axis – the rate of innovation and the rate of change. I believe the two are interrelated. I am also of the opinion that there is a series of saturation points within the implementation of change that have to be considered.

The saturation points are a perspective I hadn’t considered until yesterday. A point in the implementation of change (driven by innovation at times) that the organization cannot handle any more change and has to “bubble” for a time.

What happens next to me is the most intriguing question of innovation. Does the organization maintain its “bubble” or does it fall off the pace of innovation? Better yet some organizations increase the overall velocity of the change and implement the solution faster.

Is it the value of the innovation itself that drives the change?

Sandler Boggs

Chief Creative Officer

Creative Technology and Innovation

Windows Home Server Rocks!

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Another use for Windows Home Server. I have been an advocate of Windows Home Server since the 1.0 days. I had a 1.0 and a 2.0 server appliance from HP. Recently while traveling I realized that in fact the WHS box represents a great remote management system for my home network.

By connecting the servers on my home network to my home server I can connect to the home server and then use remote access to manage the boxes. I’ve been playing with Hyper-V and building servers. Using the WHS as my network entry reduces the number of ports I have to have open.

Funny that you use a product for a long time and then whammo find a new use for it. It also makes my slate (ASUS Ep121) even more effective as I can now offload a number of other functions to virtual machines on my home network.

I guess that means its always best to be open Smile



What is Innovation

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To innovate.

Innovation is an interesting question. It is one that requires you be in the right place at the right time (to innovate) or simply be the very best at something. It is an interesting question and one that I have been spending some time thinking about.

What does it mean to be an innovator?

Are you first in line?

Are you the most stubborn believing that you are right about the solution you’ve built?

Can you extrapolate from the work of others?

Is what you “create” unique?

Those are the questions of innovation I think about. As I consider innovation there are a number of things that I think are innovations that may help (me) you the reader see what I think innovation is/was/will be.

  • Light Bulbs
  • Electricity
  • Telephone

These are the early innovations that changed the world around them.

More coming…


Great covers…

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Otter device holders…

I’ve had a number of devices over the years and have therefore always had a number of covers. From leather to rubberized covers (always with screen protectors) I’ve had quite a few over the years.

Recently and I am not completely sure why I started buying Otter Box covers and frankly I have to say they are without a doubt the best covers I have ever had. They are sturdy and fit snugly on the device protecting it from the elements and sadly the owner dropping them (which happened the day after I put the new cover on).

Overall I am quite happy with the covers and went out to buy them for many more than the original device I was intending it for.

Great cover if you are in the market.



Finishing up my device list of yesterday…

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I was thinking about yesterday’s gadget blog and realized one thing I probably should have done to “qualify”my list. Part of my list is functionality and part of my list is simply convenience.

Things I am looking for in a device:

  • Multi-function devices
  • Highest quality function in one specific area
  • Durability
  • ease of use.

So, for multi-function MP3 devices, I love my ZuneHD (it has one function that the ipod does not have, HD Radio) but overall it has fewer games, a smaller screen and not as many applications. With the IPod I have functions and games that are top of the line so it takes the lead as my portable game system and my audible book player.

My kindle is by far the best reading device on the market – and gives me a facility for storing the many PDF files I get (also a back-up audible book system). The screen is awesome – the only ask I would have is expansion (via SD cards) someday.

Finally the ASUS Ep121, its small, fast and highly functional. I can sync or change a number of USB devices, as well as view my full screen HD movies and television. The 12 inch screen is much nicer than connecting to hotel television for Netflix, Dish Remote and Blu-Ray disks.

The lists changes (and of course the items on it come and go) but for now this is the top three. There are a number of devices that come into the top ten but a top ten list is too large (you end up with marginal devices).