I’m a big fan of pair programming. The one issue I have is that it’s a bit harder to set up the ergonomics for two persons with one computer.
At work I have one computer with two keyboards, two mice and two monitors. It works pretty nice. It makes you not have to crawl over each other but it still doesn’t allow for individual adjustments of the desk height.
At home I have no dual monitor setup but instead I have two computers (one is mine, the other my girlfriends). I figured that it would be great if I could attach one computer to the other and enable a dual monitor feature. I installed VNC server on one of the machines and VNC client on the other. Started the server and connected. It works fine even though one runs Windows and the other Ubuntu!
Both setups works pretty nice! I hope I can try my home setup via internet with webcams, microphones etc to enable (some) pair programming when not in the same room.
I while ago I introduced a friend to Firefox. I didn’t want to push it but just show it and I hoped it would stick. After some weeks I asked if she liked it and she said it was nice but that she missed the tabs that IE had. I was amazed… Firefox were years before IE with tabs but still it fails… Look at the screen shot from Firefox 3. Nothing tells you the interface is tabbed.
Luckily Firefox 3.5 seems to address the issue. Firefox 3.5 also makes it even clearer than Internet Explorer with a + in the new tab button. Way to go Firefox!
If you want the Gimp toolbars to behave like normal windows it’s easy to change. Just select Edit / Preferences / Window Managment and change Hint for the toolbox and Hint for the other windows to Normal window.