This morning I was looking at the Microsoft Research site and saw this article about the benefits and increases of productivity that people see when working with multiple monitors, and OS changes which could result. It reminded me of one day recently when I was working in my office, composing an email, updating information in a large spreasheet and reading individual status reports in a sharepoint library. I have a laptop that I dock under a stand that holds my beautiful 17-inch LCD monitor. Tim came into my office and said "Hey, have you thought of using both monitors?" I had briefly considered it, but it I didn't see enough of a benefit in it to deal with the logistics. Tim described his set-up, and later when I tried it out (although not in a way that I could use all the time) I realized how much easier it would make so many things in my work to have two monitors. I'm on the lookout for something that I could use to position my laptop screen next to the monitor, while it's still docked.

Why was I cruising the Microsoft Research site? Isn't that what most people do on a beautiful Sunday morning? Okay, probably not. Last night we had dinner with some friends, and were talking about various interconnections in the world of politics. Then this morning, with all the news that's finally being pursued about the Valerie Plame fiasco, I was wondering how long it's going to be before it will be easy to model networks based on publically available information (and even news stories!) and what that will show us about who really has power in this country. So, I was looking at the Social Computing Group's site to see what was publicly available about the work they're doing (See MSR Connections and MS Connect and Point to Point on this page.) Not much really, But I believe!