she noticed that many people had attached two or three monitors to their computers. They placed their applications on different screens - the e-mail far off on the right side, a Web browser on the left and their main work project right in the middle - so that each application was "glanceable." When the ding on their e-mail program went off, they could quickly peek over at their in-boxes to see what had arrived.
I am an ion window manager user (no overlapping windows). Last week, I picked up another LCD for my home machine. I totally agree with this usage pattern and sentiment. Overlapping windows don't make as much sense as people think they do.
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