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Just wondering…

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 2:09 pm by flerly.

Does everyone who has the ability to do a HUGE screen resolution use their web browser maximized all the time? I almost never do this… I almost always have so much shit open, that I don’t let anything take up the whole screen (not even photoshop) just because I like to see things in various windows at the same time.

I only inquire because we’ve apparently got an office full of agents who all got nice new computers, which now makes their website take up only the left half of their screen, and they want to know why we don’t put content out to the right? Telling them that the content is restricted to maximizing beyond 1024 x768 didn’t seem to phase them. It’s actually optimized for 800 x 600, but will “fill out” a bit.

It’s a case where, if that’s the way THEY see it, then that must be the way everybody sees it.

Perhaps it’s just hard for me to explain to them when, maximizing the window, I see the same damn thing they do.



  1. kvinna has made a Comment

    I don’t maximize my browser window. The only window I keep maximized – at home – is mIRC. I think that’s mostly because of the solid gray background ’cause I don’t feel like looking at my colorful desktop. I have two monitors at work and I still don’t maximize my browser. It’s easier to hide stuff.

    March 14, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

  2. goaticusmaximus has made a Comment

    It is very rare indeed that I maximize anything at all. In addition, I only use tab-enabled browsers (Firefox, Maxthon), for even more simultaneous-use goodness.

    March 14, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  3. goaticusmaximus has made a Comment

    Oh- and I also set my resolution at microscopic levels.

    I think that these two things are fairly typical of people that work within IT, whereas your typical lUser will run the 800×600 15-browser window (all maximized) environment.

    March 14, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  4. flerly has made a Comment

    See, I think the problem is… this customer and his other non-technical buddies are currently enjoying the new computers and monitors which some IT guy set up for them all to apparently make use of a lot more screen real-estate than they were used to, and now.. they think their website has changed rather than understanding the concept of “screen resolutions”.

    I need a pc’s for dummies book. Or maybe windows for dummies. Maybe that might help me find the simplest terms to explain to non-techie-types without pulling out any more hair.

    March 14, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  5. infinite1der has made a Comment

    I give Opera it’s own workspace (1280×1024) and the window is currently 1135×850. It doesn’t take up the ENTIRE screen, just enough for my status-widget and a bit of space around the edges to quickly scroll to the next workspace.

    March 14, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

  6. somchanh has made a Comment

    I’m using one of my monitors at work and I never max anything out, just have too much stuff to switch back and forth with. The only time I use the max resolution for any program is when playing games, games in widescreen is the schitz, and when looking at boobies. =]

    March 15, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

  7. signde has made a Comment

    i run dual monitors @ 1280 x 1024 each

    when i use a browser i always have it maximized in the left monitor.

    March 15, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

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