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Old 12-11-2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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Now that I've gone to a 19" CRT monitor by a different manufacturer, I'm having new thoughts about how to set it to avoid eye strain. I had a 17" CRT monitor by HP, and I set the contrast and brightness extremely low, with color at 256/ 6500K, so that I could work on the computer long hours without it bothering my eyes. (If it did in rare instances, I drank Chamomile tea, but wine would work as well to relax them).

Now I am finding that to avoid eye strain, I set the brightness and contrast up high, with color at 24 bit (but I haven't tried 9300K yet). The darker settings seem to cause eye strain on this monitor, but it's a different manufacturer.

Hmm -- I have a 17" LCD monitor on another computer, and I thought it would be easier on the eyes. But it's not, and in fact, it seems worse. I wonder -- maybe I should have made it brighter. I don't like it overall and don't use it much.

With the 19" monitor, it's easier to see what's on the screen. So I use completely different posture. I'm further back and more relaxed. So, that in itself is easier on the eyes. I have my mini-optical mouse on a little lap high Queen Ann tea table beside my chair, and I can assume whatever posture I feel is best. My keyboard is in my lap, all of which also eliminates wrist strain.

I finally did learn how to type in Nov. 2004, but as I mostly use dictation software, I still prefer to just type with two fingers anyway, and I have a keyboard with the large keys. It's neat. The mind works differently in writing with dictation software, and interesting sentence structures come out. When I wrote by hand, I always had to use a cartridge pen and legal size tablets to get decent sentence structure. Also yellow paper helps sometimes.

When I used transcriptionists in the business world, I would always have the rough drafts printed on light yellow paper, and in that way I had much better results in finding typos and necessary corrections. Now, it occurs to me, I could set the background color in the document I am dictating to something easier on the eyes than white, and change it back later. Hmm-- and maybe, I should try yellow again, but on the monitor, to proof read for errors.

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Old 12-12-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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There's a thread running in the Photography Forum on Compuserve where one poster, Gary, uses a colored background and interesting formatting for his messages.

This link may get you there if you want to have a look.

   
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Wierd -- as I frequently use background-color to set off text copied from somewhere else.

Let me state with no ambiguity -- I am not now nor have I ever been that "Gary-".
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There's a thread running in the Photography Forum on Compuserve where one poster, Gary, uses a colored background and interesting formatting for his messages.
Nice, so much easier on the eyes than the more common harsh black-on-pure-white, and still ample contrast for legibility.

   
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There's a thread running in the Photography Forum on Compuserve where one poster, Gary, uses a colored background and interesting formatting for his messages.

This link may get you there if you want to have a look.
No, it wouldn't let me in, which probably has something to do with my proxy browser. However, anything with the word "CompuServe" for me has been negative, including what I learned today about a peice of mail I threw out recently, because their name was on it. I had no idea they managed investments.

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Reminds me of using DOS software, when we could set background colors to other than white.
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Reminds me of using DOS software, when we could set background colors to other than white.
Eh? Windows has always been able to do that, too. It's neither new nor old - or both - and very needed for accessibility, too.

   
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Windows has always been able to do that
On the fly? If so, how? I always run Word with a blue background and white text at night, but switch it off by day (or if some clot has set his text to black, instead of automatic).

   
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It would help if you tell me where this setting is made. For example, where can I change the default for Word documents so they display other than white, even though they print as black text on white paper.
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In Tools/Options/General there's an option to set the background to blue, and if you've got the text colour set to 'Automatic', the text appears as white (that's the default, I think). I've got the option set to an icon, so I can switch between white on blue and black on white. If the text is chosen as any colour, including black, it retains that colour when you change the background.

   
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