Archive for March, 2012

Triple Mounted Monitors – No more peeking off the fence!

I have always wanted to set up multiple monitors with a triple mount for my Samsung ex2220 but never had a good reason to have one until now. Portrait mode. I code all the time and I thought a couple of seconds scrolling up and down the monitor would not help until one night, out of random curiosity; I changed the settings to portrait mode while holding onto one monitor vertically to ‘just see how it feels like’. The only concern was the vertical distortion but it passed without question.  I was planning to replace the monitors for ‘portrait mode’ compatible monitors but getting a mount could do the same for much cheaper.

The initial mount I was planning to purchase was the ergotrons but it ended up costing more than I expected. Rain came to join the parade, socks were wet and the bathroom is out of toilet paper. I thought this was a sign that a triple mount setup was not possible anymore…until I found the SIIG CE-MT0R12-S1 desk mount for $118! It was definitely cheaper and it was capable of doing portrait mode. YEAH! My WANT has finally came true.

 

Triple Mounted Monitor Tour

 

How I Am Using It

Left Horizontal Monitor – Primarily used for gaming, movies and file exploring.

Center Vertical Monitor – Coding, managing lists/text documents, visiting websites and reading.

Right Vertical Monitor – Testing web scripts/applications and managing vmware.

The Pros

There is a huge difference in speed when determining if the website you have visited is worth investigating for your surfing/researching etc. I can see the website as a whole and skimming is pretty much instant…especially when I am taking the speed reading challenge. It does not collect much dust compared to the shiny stock samsung stand, I am able to turn the monitor around to watch my movies away from the desk and coding has been easier since using the mouse is limited.

The Cons

The two vertical monitors are not aligned together but its expected since the mounts were inexpensive compared to the other options. The center monitor cannot be pushed further or closer to you so adjust your keyboard tray and chair accordingly. The last con only applies to people who have their desk facing away from the wall. The triple mount is bulky but you can maximize the clean look by taming your monitor cables.

Overall, it was definitely worth getting and I am very glad I jumped for it. If you are thinking about it and still unsure, ask a friend or family to temporarily rotate your monitor vertically and try it out but make sure whoever is holding your monitor has enough strength to do so.

Speed Reading – 30 Day Challenge: Day 1-7

I am reporting back on the first 7 days of speed reading and it is starting to become more of a game then a challenge. The practice I look forward to are keyword page skimming where I would need to search for a specific name through a list and the eye fixation where I would need to make a quick decision whether two words are related or not. Lets cut the fat and go straight to the current results.

Speed Reading Screenshot

speed reading ace reader results Speed Reading – 30 Day Challenge: Day 1 7The chart starts off with the very impressive 234 WPM. The test results were taking a bipolar roller coaster until it finally made its final drop on the 7th day. What happened on the 7th day?! I was seeing progress until my brain and eyes combined powers to bring me down to failure. It could be that…but there was something else that was going on behind closed doors. I could not stop checking my graph results and at the last day…knowing that this will be posted online…I was extra cautious with reading each line and ended up fixating on a couple of words just to keep my comprehension level at a minimum of 75! Why oh why!

Measured Results

I started with 234 WPM and currently averaging 305 WPM within 7 days. That is 71 WPM increase this week. I do not know how much improvement is expected but as long as I keep moving forward I am happy. Stay tuned.

Speed Reading – 30 Day Challenge

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Why Speed Reading?

I have always had speed reading in the back of my mind ever since I started internet marketing.

Information Overload Central. Instead of spending too much time reading and less time doing, speed reading will help allocate my time towards taking more action. That means more things get done, more free time away from working and improve my understanding and retention for the long haul. I will be using ace reader as my speed reading software as my coach and milestone tracker so screenshots will be presented throughout the week.

Reading Goal

Before I set my goal, I first had to figure out my WPM as my base by taking a few tests through ace reader and averaging out the results.

- Current WPM is 234 at  93.75% comprehension.

- Specific – Read at 350 WPM with 75% comprehension by May 1st.  I could not find any information regarding the improvements people have received by speed reading for a specific duration so I will ball park my goal and adjust accordingly after it is over.

- Measurable – The total upgrade is 116 WPM so I would need to read 29 WPM faster each week.

- Action – I will take the ace reader course for 30 minutes first thing in the morning 7 days a week. I will update this challenge every Monday after completing a 30 minute course for that day.

- Relevant – This will improve my work and life balance. I will be able to learn more about internet marketing,  exercise creativity and most importantly being able to squeeze out potential self-growth.

- Time – My goal is complete it by April 19 26.

 

This will be my first challenge being documented for others to see so I am definitely nervous. Have you ever gone through a speed reading course? Share your experience and let us know.

How Bad Do You Want It?

I was very touched by this video.

A lot of us want to be a certain somebody but the majority of us only think about the end result and never the process of how others got there. It is really hard to see how difficult it is to actually achieve what we want unless you experience it yourself.

Dunking your face into the water and realizing the only thing you absolutely need to do is breathe. Nothing else.

Looks like I need to fill a bucket of water tomorrow to make sure I know where I am at in terms of where I want to be.

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.