Monday, 14 July 2008

Dual monitoring again

Hooray! It’s a bit like Christmas at the moment. Not only did I win a $AU19,000 MSDN subscription at CodeCampSA on the weekend (feel free to add your comments as to whether I should keep it or give it away to a suitable cause), but finally my second monitor arrived this morning at ABB. I’ve been waiting 5 weeks for this, and there were times when I wondered if it would ever happen.

The new monitor is a HP L1950, which is the same screen size as my existing HP L1906, but most importantly has DVI input, and also a slightly narrower bezel.

My current machine is one of these dinky HP dc7800p ultra-slim desktops. To be honest, they’re probably fine for your average Microsoft Office user, but they are quite a bit under-specced for developing.

This is something that we’ve raised, and hopefully will be addressed soon either by extra RAM and a second hard drive, or (fingers crossed) some replacement boxes that are more in the “power workstation” class. I think this is critical, as we have a tight deadline and don’t want to waste time watching the hard disk LED glow brightly for 30 seconds at a time (freezing Windows) until it’s ready again.

After all, it’s not like I’m asking for three screens or anything!


Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

I'm running the HP dc7800 SFF as my workstation. Intel E6600, 4gb ram, Vista 64-bit. Developing with VS2008, R#4 and SQL2005 installed. 2x 19" Samsung LCDs connected. I find it such a nice, quick machine to work with that I won't be upgrading any time soon.

I believe the Ultra-slim is capped at 3gb (the boss has one) but I'm surprised it's "dinky".



David Gardiner said...

Just compared the small form factor to the ultra-slim models:

Max RAM: 8G vs 4G
Max Disk: 250Gb 3.0Gb/s vs 160Gb 1.5Gb/s

So, I'm sticking with "dinky" :-)