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Something About the Cobbler's Children Having No Shoes

March 8th, 2008

As knowledge workers, software developers and the like, we often find ourselves heads down in the trenches (micro focused, working towards deadlines), while throwing self-improvements and work environment improvements to the sidelines.

As the old phrase goes: “The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes” – the Cobbler was so busy with other peoples shoes, that he couldn't make shoes for his children. Like the Cobbler I often find myself burried in work, and neglecting the things that could improve my situation.

A couple personal examples: this website (the design has remained unchanged for the past couple years), my desk setup (the mountain of books for a monitor stands and a single 17″ monitor) demonstrate this.

I've since purchases an Ergotron LX Dual Desk Mount Arm, and will soon be upgrading to these Samsung SyncMaster 226BW 22″ monitors, which I plan on running in portrait mode.

How can you improve? What does your desktop look like?


Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Musings, Personal Tags:
  1. Devin Parrish
    April 20th, 2008 at 06:04 | #1

    I must agree, when you do have some tasks that need to be accomplished, you often forget that by doing some side tasks, it will help you out in accomplishing your goals faster. My desk can look like a warzone sometimes, scattered with dirty dishes, notes, and other seemingly useless items that just add some clutter. This year I made the switch to using dual monitors, and I must say it is great. Being able to have an IDE open on one and notes/textbooks open on the other makes things a lot easier. I think you’ll enjoy the migration to the dual monitor world, and nice pick for the monitors, I have Samsung ones as well, the 931BW to be exact, and they’re great!

  2. Adam Kahtava
    June 21st, 2008 at 06:04 | #2

    I still have to make the dual monitor switch… I bought two monitors, but my cardboard Ikea desk won’t support my monitor stand. The wood… err… I mean cardboard bends with the weight of dual monitors. Almost time to get a new desk. I’ll post a pic once I get everything setup… :)

  3. June 21st, 2008 at 06:05 | #3

    I suspect your books weighed more than your two monitors so substituting a box for a monitor stand would have helped:)

    I use a pile of books to raise my laptop display to the height of my other monitor:)

    How is the ergotron working out?

  4. Adam Kahtava
    June 22nd, 2008 at 06:07 | #4

    Yeah, you’re right the books were probably heavier than the monitor stand! A box would have probably worked better.

    The trick with the Ergo stand was that it clamped onto the edge of the desk which appeared to work fine – I did have two monitors clamped up, but upon returning to my desk half an hour later the weight of the monitors had bent the desk.

    Since then I’ve reinforced the desk and bolted the Ergotron into the middle. So far it’s working great! View it in action here.

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