Pragmatism for the win

There are only a few blogs that I have on my must read list. One of them is Dr. Drang’s, And not it’s all this. Dr. Drang is a kindred engineering spirit who covers in his blog on topics ranging from flashbacks to my engineering classes, his recent facination with Eddy Cue, to great explainations on his many uses of Python. Generally the good doctor and I agree on most things.

Until today.

Today I learned that the Dr. Drang is prejudice to those of us who use a left sided Dock.

They’re not like those bizarre left-side Dock people, who are a blight upon the land.

Like most engineers, my preference for my Dock location is pragmatic. I use a dual monitor setup at work and at home. Below is my desk in my home office.

There’s a reason my home office is setup this way. Why? So it matches my office setup at work. Why? Since I spend most of my time at work on a computer I’ve setup my Keyboard Maestro monitor shortcuts on how my monitor setup is at at work, which happens to be on the right side of my laptop. Why? At work I’m at a fixed desk setup in praire dog country with the outlets on the left and the main return for my desk runs to the right. Therefore, the logical place for my 2nd monitor is on my right - just like at home.

See… pragmatic.

So with my double monitor setup, why in the world would I want the Dock popping up each time I move the cursor over to my second monitor? [1]

I do however whole heartedly agree on one specific point… Yosemite needs to get the Dock position setting fixed before GM release. I’m currently running the Yosemite PB3 at home and I can’t stand that the Dock on my home computer has to be centered on the left versus in the upper left (as it should be) like on my work laptop.

  1. Because only crazy people would leave their Dock exposed all the time.  ↩

Comments from original WP Post:

Sun: If its any consolation, I think its bizarre that people who are multi monitor use different resolution screens. ;)

Bill Eccles: Totally agree on this one, because my primary monitor is to the left of my secondary monitor. And yet there are still other good reasons to dock the Dock to the left: 1 - It's less likely to get in the way of the vertical scrollbar of a large window, and windows which have controls in them on the left side (e.g., iTunes, Mail, etc.) tend to present bigger targets which don't cause me to bang up against the edge of the screen. 2 - It is less likely to get in the way of Desktop icons, traditionally stuck into the right side of the Desktop. 3 - It's closer to the menu bar, making for a nice L-shaped command center for your Mac. 4 - It looks less like Windows (you crazy bottom Dock people...).