Three Screens. One Desktop.

Bill Gates shared his work style with Fortune yesterday.

We’re finally getting close to what I call the digital workstyle.
If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.
At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes).

Steve Rubel picked up the meme, and shares his work methods on Micropersuasion today.
These guys make me feel like a late adopter.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. does it have a smell?
    I mean natural like?

  2. DB –
    How do you work?

  3. man, I didn’t even realize we got Fortune magazine delivered to this house. But it came in the mailbox today, and it was scented with perfume.
    funny. laughing funny.

  4. I live at 55808 Commonwealth in Seattle. Been up here before?