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View Poll Results: What is your preferred workstation?
Desktop 17 48.57%
Laptop 16 45.71%
Tablet (with or without folio) 0 0%
Smartphone 0 0%
Other device (please specify) 2 5.71%
Old school (none at all) 0 0%
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy What is your preferred workstation?

When I say "workstation", I'm talking the generic style of computer interface you prefer. Some folks do all their business on their phones, others on desktop computers, some on tablets, etc.

For example, I chose desktop. Even though more than half of my work is now via iPhone and iPad, simply nothing replaces the comfort and usability of a desktop for me. I'd prefer if I could do most everything on my desktop to be honest, although other devices obviously have their place for portability reasons.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:26 PM   #2
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Mostly laptop, but still do music on my desktop.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:30 PM   #3
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laptop. I'm set up with a docking station and dual monitors in the office, but can survive outside of the office with just the laptop itself. many of the projects I work on involve several timezones, and I don't always want to be in the office at the same time as people in remote offices, but need to be available to answer questions or help out.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:36 PM   #5
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I prefer to use both a desktop and a laptop when I'm doing the data manipulation. I use the desktop with a couple of big screens for reading and scanning, the do the entry on a laptop.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:47 PM   #6
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Laptop mostly. I use my desktop for photo and music stuff.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:55 PM   #7
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Desktop. If I'm doing research based writing, I want my triple monitors (data on secondaries, written work on primary). If I'm doing casual work, I want my triple monitors (netflix/sling on one). If I'm doing photo editing I want the processing power of the desktop. The only reason I use my laptop as much as I do is when I need to force myself to write and head to Starbucks.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:12 PM   #8
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FS/compute server <- LAN -> Desktop "workstations" with multiple monitors, NFS /home, etc
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None of the heavy lifting of my actual at-home work is done on the desktop or laptop. The desktop/laptop run stuff like firefox, chrome, discord, TS, games, etc. Server does all the real work like scientific code, engineering tools, building software, etc. Most of the stuff can be done over CLI which means I can use tmux and switch computers easily or I can use xpra/x2go for GUI programs. It makes moving from my desktop to laptop (even remotely) pretty painless and efficient. Just wish my server had an Nvidia card because of CUDA.

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Desktop. If I'm doing research based writing, I want my triple monitors (data on secondaries, written work on primary). If I'm doing casual work, I want my triple monitors (netflix/sling on one). If I'm doing photo editing I want the processing power of the desktop. The only reason I use my laptop as much as I do is when I need to force myself to write and head to Starbucks.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:21 PM   #10
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When I'm stuck at an office, desktop w/o a doubt. When I'm on the road, my phone is priceless. Besides the obvious phone part, being able to drop a document from Dropbox into an email in webmail or a Google map in a text has proven invaluable. iPad has proven handy, but too cramped when at an office and too bulky when working remotely.
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I have worked on a laptop for awhile, so that's what I answered. It's portable when I need it and I dock it at my desk and then have multiple monitors, etc.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:28 PM   #12
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I love how people are raving about multiple monitors when I've been saying that multiple monitors are really nice for at least like 8 years. Next thing you know, people will discover tiling or cntl h/[/etc. Or maybe even decent text editors.

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:53 PM   #13
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^^^ Multiple monitors. Hmmm.... ^^^




Mostly laptop, but I still have a dinosaur-sized desktop at home.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:05 PM   #14
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I love how people are raving about multiple monitors when I've been saying that multiple monitors are really nice for at least like 8 years. Next thing you know, people will discover tiling or cntl h/[/etc. Or maybe even decent text editors.

I love how you are acting like everyone but you just now discovered the greatness of using multiple monitors.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:07 PM   #15
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Laptop.

I don't need much power and I'd prefer to be able to lift it up and go work on the couch, in bed, etc.

If I settled down I'd probably buy a desktop when the laptop dies, but I move too much for that right now.
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I spend more time on a laptop, due to the convenience, but I really prefer a desktop.
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desktop. Specifically a touch screen all in one.
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I love how you are acting like everyone but you just now discovered the greatness of using multiple monitors.
But I'm not. In fact, it has to do with some really old HCBF threads where some people currently posting in this thread posted some comments where, if the said posts still existed and/or I wasn't too lazy to find them, they'd have to eat crow. It's actually natural that positive usage/features/etc of power users trickle down to more "normal" users.

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Old 05-19-2017, 03:33 PM   #19
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What's the advantage to multiple (small) monitors, like in tbroom's pic, to a large monitor with multiple windows open?
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What's the advantage to multiple (small) monitors, like in tbroom's pic, to a large monitor with multiple windows open?
I only have two monitors. Web on one of them, code on the other. I've not found the use for 3 monitors.

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Sorry, to answer your question, one large monitor will still be restricted by the resolution. Unless you have a super high resolution big monitor, you won't get the same visible space in one monitor as you do in two.
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What's the advantage to multiple (small) monitors, like in tbroom's pic, to a large monitor with multiple windows open?
tbroom's aren't really _that_ small, but he just as them configured in a small space.

In Windows, you can't easily tile windows properly. Having more smaller screen means you can just put program's X window in screen Y, program W in screen Z, etc. It makes management of windows easier. If you have a proper tiling window manager, it doesn't matter that much, because you can tile windows in such a way that everything can fit on a single larger screen.
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Laptop. MacBook Pro. Have used them since they first came out. Add an external monitor and we are good to go.
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I hate not having a mouse so anytime I have a laptop I bring a mouse with me.

The pads can just suck it.
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For work most of what I do is done old school style, pen and paper. Then it is phone.

Personal I like to use laptop!
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As a gamer, desktop is normally my primary computer with a secondary laptop.
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I default to my desktop, but use my laptop for work wherever I go.
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Desktop with one monitor for gaming/everything and because I don't really have room for another monitor at the moment.

I need to get a laptop for photo processing on the road. But my desktop is dying and I need a new one. Gah.
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But I'm not. In fact, it has to do with some really old HCBF threads where some people currently posting in this thread posted some comments where, if the said posts still existed and/or I wasn't too lazy to find them, they'd have to eat crow. It's actually natural that positive usage/features/etc of power users trickle down to more "normal" users.

Ok, Donny?
Sounded condescending to me, but whatever. I guess it's just your way of saying "I told you so", which is always a valuable contribution to any discussion.


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Old 05-20-2017, 02:02 PM   #29
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For serious work, I need a mouse, keyboard and at least two monitors (or an ultrawide). Trackpads don't work for me.

When I'm travelling, I just carry my iPad Mini, cause it's so light and portable. I can get the basics done on there (email, browsing, light office tasks) till I'm back at my desktop. I own a laptop, but don't use it anymore since I set up my iPad with VPN, Dropbox, Office, etc.
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Depends on what I'm doing. I don't use desktops any more but my work laptop has keyboard, mouse and a couple monitors.

At home? I use a laptop with an external mouse. I despise touchpads

Also have an 8" Windows tablet with bluetooth keyboard and an external mouse. Great for casual web surfing and e-book reading.
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