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The Evolution of Desktop Workspace [Comic]

Is bigger better?

The Evolution of Your Workspace [via Fail Desk]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/3/13

Comments (11)

  1. Ruja

    Nice one!

  2. Ed Vergara

    Ha, so true!!

  3. Keith

    You need a few tablets in there, as second monitors… or… third? fourth? something? Or is that for 2016?

  4. NSDCars5

    LOL, I’m so 2005! :P

  5. WhytteDragun

    2011 is the closest one to my desk, but mine are all side by side. I found that even 2 monitors didn’t have enough screen real estate for efficient coding.

  6. Kevalin

    Ha! This is a good one. I’ve been thinking seriouly about going 2010 for awhile now… even with a 24″ monitor, I just don’t seem to have enough screen real estste to work on all the stuff I want to at the same time!

  7. LadyFitzgerald

    I’m hoping to jump from 2005 to 2011 soon but, first, I have to find a place for my scanners to make room for the added monitors. I’ll draw the line at three monitors on my desk, though (would streaming movies to a couple of TVs count as monitors?).

  8. fraser

    Currently I have a TV being used as a second monitor… Does that count?

  9. malachipclover

    No, no, no! You have it all wrong! There needs to be a more ironic (and true to life) ending. The hunger for more screen real estate keeps growing bigger and bigger, but then, out of nowhere tablets start taking over our world. Rather than jumping from `05 to `10, it should keep counting up from `05, then for `10 or `11 should be the 5 monitor one. For `12 there should be a single tablet, and then eliminate `15.

  10. Dave

    I resemble that cartoon. 4 monitors, on three workstations, with an IPad and an Android phone. Been doing that for several years. Thank you, MS nerds, for “Mouse without Borders”!!

  11. Me (a.k.a. You!)

    It’s funny how monitor real estate never get’s any bigger. Or how the apps never seem to change a whole lot. Or even how certain users don’t change over a 20 year period.

    A few other things missing in that time progression was the inclusion of headsets and web cams. I’d also say virtual PC’s and cloud computing were missing too, but I’m not quite sure how to portray something like that.

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