I splurged on an experiment, and I'm pleased to say that it's gone even better than I expected. At long last, I've finally moved to the world of two screens for my primary home computer. To accommodate my slightly goofy desk setup, I ended up mounting the second screen on an Ergotron LX arm. The assembly was a breeze and it fits my space perfectly. I didn't even have to relocate our ancient FAX machine! I'm pretty much in love with it at this point and can't believe I waited this long.
What finally pushed me over the edge? Trying to work through iOS tutorials in Xcode with the documentation open in a browser window absolutely drove me crazy. I had to choose between tiling windows at a size where neither was comfortable, or switch back and forth between them, meaning valuable info was obscured no matter what I did.
The other thing that did me in was batch photo uploads. I had relegated iPhoto to its own desktop space, which I'd leave to go waste time surfing or catching up on RSS feeds while the upload happened. Inevitably, I'd get distracted and not notice that the upload had finished and end up wasting tons of time that would be better spent waffling about which is "the" shot, or composing the undying prose to accompany them. So, we'll see if this helps on that front.
Here in today's picture, we see the VESA mount, the end of the arm, and a hint of the power and DVI cables.