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Laptop screens, and sun. [Sep. 28th, 2006|01:15 pm]
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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.
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From: hatter
2006-10-04 03:01 pm (UTC)
Privacy filters are mostly a (slightly) newer twist on antiglare filters for monitors, they should work pretty well - if the sunlight is directly behind, you'll still have most of the same problem, but you'll only have to move the machine slightly to block the glare. I was remarking only the other day that someone was marketting decades-old technology as new and (anti)shiny. For an LCD you probably want to ensure it's a non-polarising one, but the idea is the same, it's like having lots of little slats sticking out of your screen, shading a little stripe of your screen from receiving light from an angle (anti glare) and from reflecting it back (privacy). Changing the height of the slats vs their distance apart changes the balance between the two properties. A cheaper option than the proper thick ones is the film options - ebay has them for well under a tenner, just cut to size and it easily sticks (and unsticks) from your screen.


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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-10-04 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I searched on eBay but got very confused. Do you happen to have a URL handy for the kind of thing you mean?
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From: hatter
2006-10-04 06:28 pm (UTC)
Something like this for the proper ones, or this for the film ones.


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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-10-04 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks again. Bob's ordered me something! Most exciting.
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