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Does having 2 monitors help in alg learning?

abunickabhi

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The idea case of referring to algs can be to have google sheet open in one screen, and drill timer or solver timer loaded on the other screen.

I have to press a lot of Alt+Tab while I am trying to seeing the alg from the comm sheet.

What are your thoughts on this?
 

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In all of my office work and personal computer tasks 2 monitors is always more functional from the standpoint of simply having more available room for display. Windows will let you split your screen in half on a single monitor though by dragging to the edge or just resizing the 2 tabs manually.
 
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More space on the screen is better the same way as bigger desk is better because you can put more things on it without stacking stuff.

up to two 24 inch screens there is almost linear improvement in productivity.
But there is a limit and in my experience it is roughly 2 screens of 27 inches.

I worked on 2x30 inches screens and it was too much. It felt like having a desk size of a football field.
Often I couldn't see where the new window has opened. Finding the blinking cursor was a hard task, etc.
Similarly with 3 and 4 monitors setup. Produces more confusion than benefits.

ARE YOU THE CEO OF GOOGLE? I bet even he doesn't use a second monitor.

You can safely tell your mom that almost every tech company offers two screen for everyone including interns.
 

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Dual monitors is super nice for doing things that require a lot of screen space (e.g. working with 1080p video, so you have the video preview on one screen and the editor on another screen), but otherwise you can get by with just tiling.

I used to use two for a while (laptop screen + external monitor), but unfortunately these days I use only the external monitor for ergonomic reasons (monitor height, chair height, desk height, desk space, etc.) and also my laptop screen is half-dead anyway.

For learning algs specifically, the ideal is to have the algs already embedded in the trainer (like e.g. Train Yu or SCDB), and the second best is to just have your alg sheet in a separate window that's always visible. Like I said above, a second monitor isn't necessary; just tile the windows.
 

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More space on the screen is better the same way as bigger desk is better because you can put more things on it without stacking stuff.

up to two 24 inch screens there is almost linear improvement in productivity.
But there is a limit and in my experience it is roughly 2 screens of 27 inches.

I worked on 2x30 inches screens and it was too much. It felt like having a desk size of a football field.
Often I couldn't see where the new window has opened. Finding the blinking cursor was a hard task, etc.
Similarly with 3 and 4 monitors setup. Produces more confusion than benefits.



You can safely tell your mom that almost every tech company offers two screen for everyone including interns.
my best friend has like 2x32 or something.
 
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having one alg in each monitor, you can look at one monitor with one eye and the other with the other eye, learning algs 2x times faster
Wikipedia said:
Peek read by scanning the left page with his left eye, while reading the right page with his right eye. According to an article in The Times newspaper, he could accurately recall the contents of at least 12,000 books.
 
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More space on the screen is better the same way as bigger desk is better because you can put more things on it without stacking stuff.

up to two 24 inch screens there is almost linear improvement in productivity.
But there is a limit and in my experience it is roughly 2 screens of 27 inches.

I worked on 2x30 inches screens and it was too much. It felt like having a desk size of a football field.
Often I couldn't see where the new window has opened. Finding the blinking cursor was a hard task, etc.
Similarly with 3 and 4 monitors setup. Produces more confusion than benefits.



You can safely tell your mom that almost every tech company offers two screen for everyone including interns.
Yeah 3-4 monitor setups will be super crazy and unnecessary too unless if you are a stock trader.
 
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