Two to Three

The Three Monitor Setup

Ever since I had two monitors, I wanted another. Well, it happened. I’m now a proud owner of a triple head system.

Most people out there won’t understand the necessity of having monitors all around you. Most people think one is enough. And then there are those who think that even a single monitor is one too many. Those are linux system administrators – we are not talking about them. If you think a dual head system is unnecessary, the wise people of old have some advice for you – “Two heads are better than one“.

The History

Let me tell you the story about my shift to the three monitor setup. Even though I wanted three monitors, I did not know how to make it happen. My graphics card had only two slots – and both of them where already in use. One day, when the power was down, my brother was doing some light recreational reading. In my household, light recreational reading usually means reading hardware specifications and/or manuals. That day he was reading the manual of my motherboard. Deep in the manual between long descriptions of jumper setting and onboard slots, he found the answer to my problem. He found how to enable the onboard graphics card even if there is another graphics card in the system.

Armed with this information, me and my brother soon converted my dual head system to a multi head system. Voila! There – you have it – the story of how I got to be on a multi-monitor machine.

Naming the Thingy

I have been using this setup for three months. I’m quite attached to it by now. I call it the Ravana. The only problem is that western audience will not understand what I’m talking about. So, I’m thinking about calling it Trinity. I thought that was a good name, that is, until I said to one guy that I call my multi-head system trinity. His reply was “Oh. Like in the Matrix?“.

I hate it when that happens. Plus, there are other things I call Trinity. No, not The Trinity. I’m talking about video players.

I have other options too. Currently, my favorite is fluffy. Seems to be an appropriate name for my monitors.

Wait – why the confused look? Haven’t you read Harry Potter? Of course you have – there is no one who haven’t read them. You may have heard tales of people who haven’t read harry Potter – but don’t believe them – they are nothing more than urban legands.

But I digress. I’m talking about Fluffy from Harry Potter. You know, the three headed dog who stood guard to the Philosopher’s Stone(Sorcerer’s Stone if you are from US). The vicious, terrifying three headed dog demon – the one that couldn’t stop three school kids. Yes, that’s the dog I’m talking about.

Fluffy

I believe this dog was stolen borrowed from ancient Greek mythology. They too had a three headed dog who got weak in the knees whenever it heard a few notes of music. It also was a guard dog. But it had a different name. I don’t think the ancient Greeks would name a three-headed hound who stood guard to the gates of hell, Fluffy.

In short, I have three names for my three monitor setup…

  • Ravana
  • Trinity
  • Fluffy

It feels right somehow.

The Future

I have great plans for Ravana/Trinity/Fluffy. There are many things you can do with a three head system. Currently, I’m doing something that is perhaps the best use of a multi-monitor machine. Namely, gloating.

Comments

  1. Sree says:

    //light recreational reading usually means reading hardware specifications and/or manuals.

    :-O unbelieveably shocking ;)

    3 headed Ravana looks awkward..so i would suggest Trinity a better name :)

  2. Good…

    I can see that you’re using thick books to increase height of the monitors… No height adjustments in them?

  3. renjith says:

    Ravana had ten heads…i suppose

  4. Marc says:

    If I had three monitors of the same size, it’s a 3 screen flight sim setup for me.

    I question the usefulness of the leftmost monitor. Too small and too far away.

  5. Jill says:

    ROTFL!

    /Those are linux system administrators

    /The vicious, terrifying three headed dog demon – the one that couldn’t stop three school kids.

    I tried to set up 2 monitors. I had 2 slots, but after digging through all the wiring to get the 2nd monitor free, and digging through even more wiring to get my box turned around, it turned out to be an HDMI slot. Darn! But I ought to be able to do something with that, huh?

    Oh well, tell Fluffy (my pick of the 3) I said hi.

  6. shivaprasad says:

    now yu can thk f havin a 4th monitor as well.:)

  7. dinu says:

    cool !looking good

    congrats ..

  8. David Gasser says:

    Great article, I to would like to have a setup like that in the near future. One screen just insn’t enough.

  9. Jansan says:

    Good One. Due to money constraints i prefer multiple desktops in single monitor. You can shift from one screen to another by a key press :)

  10. Jansan says:

    poor Ravana… You should consider him for an upgrade :)

  11. Cris says:

    I am one of those people who cant stand more than one monitor especially after months of staring into a 2-headed monster. And now you go for 3?? Oh well people are different, so are things; whichever category you fit into :-D

  12. Sudev says:

    nice !
    check this out http://goo.gl/QoZF

  13. VaVa says:

    Impressive !

    But, still I don’t see the interest – unless you work in test area.
    Or you wanna play & test the possibility of such system.

    As far as I can see in your snaps monitors are empty :-)

    Cheers man!
    VaVa Man

  14. I think Trinity sounds the best. And yes, I have read Harry Potters, but still I hadn’t heard of Fluffy before :D Might be something to do with that I’ve read them in finnish!

  15. But do i still see windows XP on them? :P

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