Roxanne!

Jan. 12th, 2015 02:23 am
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You don't have to turn on the red light. Roooooooooxanne! Turn on the red light.

Sting should really make up his mind about that.

My office has become a red light district. And I mean that in the literal sense, because I have switched my computer screen from blue light to red light. I've done this via Redshift, because I use a linux platform. But I'm sure the rest of you could find something similar for Mac or Windows.

The reason we should all shift from blue light to amber or red is to protect our delicate eyes and hormone balances. And here, I do not mean the hormones that control your sex drive, but those that control sleep and hunger and other functions of the body. It seems artifical light can play havoc on those of us with sleep disorders. But, of course, we are not going to simply stop using our computers come sundown. We aren't Amish! Or...Seventh Day Adventists. Or whomever it is that puts down the plow at sunset. Orthodox Jewish people, I believe...at least on Fridays.

Anyway...my point...and I did have one...is I now have a reddish, rather hard to read, but paradoxically easier on my eyes and brain computer screen. And you can get one, too. If you have a linux computer it is free and easy, just Google RedShift. I think it is also available for Windows. Please be aware that colors will look different when RedShift is engaged, but your eyes will thank you in the morning.

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Date: 2015-01-12 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiesuze.livejournal.com
I went with the amber-tinted lenses to cut down on the blue/white glare. It's made a HUGE difference!

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Date: 2015-01-12 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
I highly recommend href="https://justgetflux.com/" f.lux () - it's available for mac, pc, and linux platforms. I've been using it on mac and pc for several years and it keeps improving. There are "classic" settings and "customized" settings so that you can either select what they recommend for colors based on the time you wake up and your location or select your own.

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Date: 2015-01-12 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
I just tried to comment but my html code was off so the comment was marked as spam...

to repeat: I use (and adore) a program called f.lux (first hit on a googlesearch), which is available on mac, pc, and linux platforms. It is super customizable, although I use the standard, recommended colors. The change in LCD hue is based upon your location and when you indicate that you wake up. I've been using this program for years and have nothing but good things to say about it. There is also the option, if needed, to suspend the hue change for an hour in case you need to work specifically on color items (e.g., graphic design).
Edited Date: 2015-01-12 06:05 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2015-01-13 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
I looked at f.lux first. Does it have a friendly interface? Also, does it work with Ubuntu 14.04? I upgraded recently and some of the advice at the forums said that f.lux doesn't work as well on 14.04. They could be sticklers though. You know about those people pop up all the time in the Linux forums...if you visit there...they speak geek-gibberish and are full of (totally unhelpful) advice.

Rae

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Date: 2015-01-13 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
I can't speak to the interface for Ubuntu, but I think the Mac and PC versions have very friendly interfaces - I took a screenshot of the Mac version from my computer but can't figure out if I can upload it here... the interface is literally "select location," "select wake up time," and then you select recommended, classic, or customized settings. VERY simple.

I did go to the website to see about the Ubuntu version, which says it should work with Ubuntu 10.04+ -- BUT (big but here) -- that part of their website hasn't been updated since 2010. So it's probable that the info from the forums is correct, given that there doesn't seem to be an update after 2010. I did a quick "f.lux update ubuntu 14.04" and the first link that popped up was a forum posting with a heavily upvoted response to use redshift....

So I bet that keeping with what you've now got is probably best!

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