I don't want to sound bad but really... does it matter?
Form factor matters a lot on web but putting it only for technical content... does it?!
It's technical material, it's not a novel that takes a considerable amount of time to read.
I have books but usually when I need to know about a subject I use the internet. It's easier to browse, you get more that one opinion on the same subject, ...
But it really never happened to me to think that it would be better if I was reading this on my PC or whatever.
This type of content is usually on a blog format that usually already adapts well enough to any form factor so I really never had this kind of trouble... maybe it's just me...
(The motivation is I'm wondering what sorts of devices people interact with when doing real work as opposed to reading the news or facebooking. It's important to know so I can prioritise UI design on different platforms. I was going to ask it as part of a private feedback survey but thought: maybe someone else is interested too)
For me I kind of go along with the survey result mainly because when I need to access technical stuff I'm usually in front of a computer but there were times (and not so few) when I needed that kind of information but I only had my smartphone available.
So there are two kind of questions for this:
Q: which do you prefer?
A: I don't care
Q: which do you use more?
A: Full size screen (Laptop or +21" Monitor)
What I have: Laptop 17' or 19' Monitor attached to the docking station in office.
But if it is to learn about something... I actually prefer it on paper.
The only eception would be... a CListControl user manual, then I just prefer the bottom of a bottle of rum to read
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpfull answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Me too. One is propping up my monitor and the other is serving as a coaster for my waterbottle.
Actually, I like a good book as well. I find that it is easier to flip through to the content I need. However, I'm finding less and less need to buy books anymore when the specific content I need is in more consise formats online. I can watch a good video on Pluralsight or I can read a blog post/CP article on the issue I'm working through. I have too many thick books that are out of date. Most were mildly out of date when they were published and wildly so by the time I got to page 800.
If it's a technical tutorial or similar I'll typically use one of my three monitors whilst implementing the tutorial in another; if it's proper reading material, 9 times out of 10 I'll print it out as I can read it better, also I can highlight it/make notes, screen highlighting and fake sticky notes don't do it for me.
I hate the former (1680x1050 is a lower resolution than the CRT I bought as an impoverished college student a over dozen years ago); but can't convince work to buy the 2560x1600 display I lust for in the office and love at home.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt