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Dear fellow techies, 
Oct 8th, 2009 12:41 am
Somebody on campus noticed all the computer labs with dual monitors and decided that was a pointless way to waste energy. (From an editorial in the campus paper:)

ITaP should consider partnering up with Boiler Green Initiative more often. There are many issues besides printing in computer labs on campus that could be fixed with prudence. For example, many labs are full of computers with two monitors to every "brain" part of the computer.

If that sentence made you wince, high five. "Brain" part indeed. But please read on.

Please, will someone tell us why a student needs TWO monitors for one computers' work? Doesn't this use up an excess amount of energy? Yes, the monitors don’t require terribly large amounts of power. But, a penny saved is a penny earned, as they say. Those extra monitors could be sold to give money back to the University. Or they could be used for other computers, so more students could have access to them. And, we'd be saving on energy by not having two computer screens humming along when just one would suffice.

(Link to article, if you're interested.)

One: grammar/punctuation.

Two: Go talk to a compsci or an engineer, or even a designer. Please. That second monitor is the best thing ever when you're programming (or whatever); you can have your work up on one monitor and use the other for looking at specs or documentation or design or emails or chat at the same time. It's amazing. I can do homework with a show or movie on.

I can imagine some backlash from the students who dearly love the productivity that two monitors in the lab affords them. Already spotted one CS student who's going to write them a letter. Just... aw. You can tell the level of acquaintance with technology by "'brain' part" (instead of "workstation" or, hey, even "tower" would be okay here, I guess I should be glad it isn't "modem") but I'm really sad that the editorial went all the way to the front without someone going hey wait a minute.
Oct 8th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
How is computer brain formed????
Oct 8th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
I see that it was written by the newspaper's editorial board.

Please allow me to drown the board's members in red ink.


I dearly hope that your newspaper is not representative of modern journalism graduates. Did they layoff their copyeditors?

Back on the topic of dual screens...
1. You're lucky. UCI only gives people single monitors in CS labs.
2. I hope there is a massive backlash from people in the CS department.
Oct 9th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I routinely mark up that silly paper for errors. I really don't think they have a copy editor.

I think in general a campus newspaper has more prestige than it deserves. Ours is notorious (misquotes, misspellings, misreporting...) even among alumni.

None of the undergrad CS labs have dual monitors (I wish they did!); there are only a couple of labs with them (in, I think, mostly liberal-arts buildings) and the occasional professor's workstation.
Oct 9th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)


Ah, I see. Whenever I have a lab session, I unscrew the VGA cable from the CPU and screw it into my laptop. Instant second screen! :)
Oct 8th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)

That article made my brain part hurt.
Oct 9th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Ignoring the article, which made my fingers twitch for the red pen, I now want a second monitor. I get so tired of copying and pasting without being able to watch something or whatnot as I do so.
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