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I was just setting-up a new office and realized that the last few times I have set-up a computer system for doing cartographic work I have placed the monitor such that when I sit down, I am facing north.

My systems at home and at work are both aligned for sitting facing north and I wonder if this is random?

What direction are sitting when you work on the computer?

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Maybe its a portland thing but I am also facing north.
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never thought of that until now, but sure enough, at my office desk i'm facing due north. home office is off about 35 degrees to the west. random? i'd bet so....

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probably a good position to avoid sun-glare...
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A little bit east of north here. Maybe about 15-20 degrees. Mind you, that turned out the only place in the house where I could set up a home office... :D
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East northeast - at least more east than north

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You guys only use one monitor? :D
My HydraVision setup is facing east, Sun comes from the right side, easily bloackable if obtrusive.

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probably a good position to avoid sun-glare...

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But if you face north in the Northern Hemisphere, wouldn't the sun most of the time be to the south and therefore causing more sun glare?

My desk faces West at home, and South at the office. Positioned based on room layout, not monitor/sun relationship.

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You guys only use one monitor?

I have a single screen set-up facing due north and a dual-screen set-up facing NNE.

This is a very unscientific poll, but wanted to see if there was a pattern.

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West at work, east at home, southwest at telework site. All related to room layout, though the telework site is totally out of my control, as I am not the only one on that machine.
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In my cave in the office its SE so the 2 monitors will fit into the corner of the cubicle. As I look around the office we've got them facing every which way depending on the cubicles. But with the dual monitors they are all in a corner making them 45 deg. off NSEW axis. At home the single monitor is on a west wall with no windows behind it, just where the desk was built into the room. Pretty random.
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My 21" Sumsung is facing south-east. Why having 2 monitors?

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Here in the office, I face southwest (so the monitor is facing northeast). At home, I face east (monitor faces west), and my wife faces south (monitor faces north).

The window in the office at home is to my back, and I have to keep those blinds closed pretty much all the time. The glare in there is pretty bad. No other way to set up the office, however.
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I face northwest. So the monitor itself faces southeast, I guess. In the morning the sun comes up over the San Gorgonio pass and blasts me and I lower the blinds. But in the afternoon the sun hits the west-facing slopes, and reflects off all the new snow we got this weekend in southern Cal. And I can see the ridge where the Big Bear ski resorts are, so snowboarding is never far from my mind.

The orientation doesn't occur to me, though, since I map areas away from here. But on those rare occasions when my mapping tasks are local, I like having that sense of direction in the back of my mind. It lends a sense of concrete reality to an otherwise pretty abstract job.

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I face my 2×22" monitors west. I have window on my left and it is important to me that light come from my left due to some handpainting work. Becouse I'm righthanded I think that light should always come from left.

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