I do a bit of coding from time to time, and I haven’t had a desktop for a good few years.
At my current clients I have a dual screen set up. This is probably the biggest productivity boost your average desk jockey can get. Especially for Excel VBA development, grid on one screen VBAIDE on the other. You can also get a productivity boost by learning good ways of doing what you are meant to be doing but that is a separate post.
All my Codematic stuff gets done on my lapper, and the single screen aspect is a painful retrograde step after the dual screen joy. Of course I could buy a big screen for pennies but that fails the toy justification argument. (In fairness I did have this set up for a while, but it was a 19″ CRT – the size of a small house – and actually what I really want is a projector).
Now I can just get a tablet and use Wifi for that second screen. Obviously I’ll be waiting for the Android version…)
Anyone else seen any compelling tablet justifications?
(I promise SOS2011 isn’t just going to be tablets, we’ll get around to some spreadsheet and sw dev stuff eventually)
[edit: I meant to add this link to the latest US research showing Android romping forward from third to second in the smart phone market]