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Laptop screens, and sun. [Sep. 28th, 2006|01:15 pm]

Has anyone got any idea how I can make my laptop screen more readable when I'm sitting in the sun? I've got the brightness turned up to maximum, but it's still a bit of a strain; I can just about cope with Word (dark text on light background), but IRC and mail are pretty much impossible (light on dark). It's an iBook G4 running OS X 10.4.4.

Edited to add: I don't want to switch the colours of IRC and mail (although mr_tom's insta-goth key will do the trick nicely). They're not as important as Word, since I can just pop inside if I need to look at them. Word is the important thing, since I'd like to be able to work on the balcony without straining my eyes. I only mentioned colours in case it helped define the problem a bit better.

Edited again to add: I seem to be making a complete mess of explaining what I want to do. I can work in Word for a bit, but it hurts my eyes because the white bits of the screen look so dark. I've just found the contrast slider, so will try that next time we get some sun.

[User Picture]From: imc
2006-09-28 03:15 pm (UTC)
Why do laptop screens have backlights anyway? Surely it's not beyond the wit of man to invent a screen with a white background that's visible under ambient light? Then sunlight would make it easier to see.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-09-28 04:23 pm (UTC)
Why do laptop screens have backlights anyway?

To give them more parts to break!
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