Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Life with a 30" Monitor

Back in August, I asked if it was better to have one 30" monitor or two 23" monitors? After many comments, I concluded:

After reading The Large Display Paradox, it seems like I should either find something like WinSplit Revolution for the Mac, or get 2 monitors. I agree with everything that Jeff Atwood says about maximizing windows, that's why I originally thought two 23" monitors might be better.

For some reason, I threw this conclusion out the window in September and bought myself a 30" monitor. Within minutes, I concluded He who says 30" monitors are no good has never owned one. It's simply one of the coolest computing devices I've ever purchased. It makes developing in my home office simply awesome.

Below is a picture of my home office. The fireplace and "AirTunes to Bose System" make it one of my favorite offices ever.

Raible Designs HQ

Posted in Mac OS X at Dec 11 2007, 12:03:24 PM MST 15 Comments
Comments:

Hey Matt.. Well I've had my 24" for about 3 years now, and I always say it's the best purchase ever. 30" must be even better, but for now, 24" is enough for me :) I don't like a dual monitor setup. I lose track of my windows, mouse, and the seam bugs me. By the way, how the hell can you type on one of those drawers? I need at least 30cm armspace, so that'd be a drawer of like 50cm? cheers

Posted by Joris on December 11, 2007 at 01:19 PM MST #

What do you mean by "armspace"? My wrists rest on the pad in front of the keyboard and my elbows on my chair. I don't have an issue with the layout or spacing. I don't know how wide it is - I can't find my measuring tape.

Posted by Matt Raible on December 11, 2007 at 01:45 PM MST #

I always rest my elbows on my desk. I know you're supposed to rest them on your armrests of the chair, but that doesn't feel right to me. Never had any RSI problems or something.

Posted by Joris on December 11, 2007 at 01:50 PM MST #

Nice setup... paperless office by the looks of it. or did you just tidy up for the snap :)

Posted by reddeagle on December 11, 2007 at 05:15 PM MST #

I'm very paperless these days. I didn't get a land line installed at my new place, which means no fax machine and lots of scanning. It's been working great. I do have print a lot of stuff, but it's mostly coloring pages for Abbie or Choo Choo Trains for Jack. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on December 11, 2007 at 05:21 PM MST #

> He who says 30" monitors are no good has never owned one.

Amen! I am glad you saw the light!

Love mine too. One of my best purchases ever, even being this expensive.

Posted by Paulo Gaspar on December 11, 2007 at 09:14 PM MST #

hi Matt as for the fax machine ckeck out myfax.com... cheers P

Posted by phlukman@lukzen.com on December 12, 2007 at 09:00 AM MST #

With 'Expose' and especially 'Spaces' in Leopard OSX, the advantage of dual monitors are on a downfall. I d choose a 30' over my two 19' any day.

Posted by Sakuraba on December 12, 2007 at 10:52 AM MST #

Very cool setup - new monitor, new office, new house - and soon new duct work. What else can a man ask for?

Posted by Greg Bloodworth on December 12, 2007 at 12:48 PM MST #

What kind of chair do you use. Are the arms adjustable?

Posted by Jeff on December 20, 2007 at 08:34 AM MST #

I'm not sure what brand the chair is (I'm not at home right now), but yes - the arms are adjustable.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 02, 2008 at 01:18 PM MST #

but... picture shows that you are using half of it :P

Posted by ngredk on February 09, 2008 at 08:52 PM MST #

Sweet setup isn't it? :)

My setup looks identical - down to the curved plexiglas laptop stand. I switched to Mac from Linux about 4 years ago. This is my third powerbook pro (first was G4, second was first generation Intel, current is the newer 64 bit intel). I love the setup, but I wish I felt Apple had more commitment to Java. If it was any less (or I couldn't have afforded the 64 bit powerbook) I would have to go back to Linux :(

Along the line of the chair, I have back problems and am looking for a really good chair. I have a hard time finding really good ergonomic chairs, and I think I have seen a few online, but am reluctant to spend ~$1000 and not be able to sit in it for a while before I buy. I have not found any local stores with anything decent.

Posted by Richard Dunn on August 23, 2008 at 06:14 PM MDT #

Nice set-up. The 30" looks good. Gonna have to get me one but only just started researching models.

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