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Should you be staring at that monitor?

People like me, who are working day and night on PC would love this application, which automatically sets the brightness of your monitor according to the weather of your residing country. Off course, the time and place is optional, but one can tweak this application to suit their needs.

The people @ flux say,

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

f.lux

F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

I have been using this app for like one month, and recently I sat late in my office, and the dull brightness was really soothing to my eyes.

The product home page is residing @ http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

This application is available for Windows, MAC, and Linux. For my Linux readers, I haven’t tried this yet on my Linux PC, but here is the link I found. I will be updating my comments on how it went for Linux.

http://www.ubuntu-inside.me/2009/03/flux-better-lighting-for-your-computer.html

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6 thoughts on “Should you be staring at that monitor?

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  2. F.lux is simply amazing on linux. There is no GUI Settings like there is in windows, but the functionality it provides is sooo much soothing to the eyes.

  3. How to install F.LUX on Linux.

    Use the following commands

    $wget -c https://secure.herf.org/flux/xflux.tgz
    $tar -xvzf xflux.tgz
    $rm -rf xflux.tgz
    $sudo cp xflux /usr/bin/
    $sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/xflux

    Now goto SYSTEM > PREFERENCES > STARTUP APPLICATIONS

    Add an application
    Enter the following

    NAME: XFlux
    COMMAND: xflux -l 33.66, 73.166 (this command is especially for Karachi – Pakistan)
    // the coordinates using http://stereopsis.com/flux/map.html for karachi are (24.893379, 67.028061)
    // so the command would be
    // COMMAND: xflux -l 24.893, 67.028

    COMMENT: F.lux , Better lighting For Your Computer

    For a list of Latitude coordinates, refer these websites

    http://toolserver.org/~geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Pakistan&params=33_40_N_73_10_E_type:country
    http://toolserver.org/~geohack/
    http://www.bcca.org/misc/qiblih/latlong_oc.html#PAKISTAN
    http://www.mapsofworld.com/lat_long/pakistan-lat-long.html
    http://stereopsis.com/flux/map.html

  4. So I have not tried this application , but here is why I think it will fail. The brightness needs to be matched by the amount of light falling *ON* your monitor and not with the amount of light you have outside .

    I have my LCD that does adjust the brigfhtness , but perhaps it fails to polll the brightness value at the right time. Had the brightness checks more frequent , I might be happier.

    • Point taken. mileage may vary. I had the same thoughts when I was trying this application. But then again, when I tried it, I realized that it does makes my eye sooth.

      As far as brightness is concerned, they check your current location with the time of the day. Before sunset, your display brightness will be normal, after sunset it will be more warmer and thus soothing to the eyes. Does as they say advertise.

      Still, you have the choice not to install it, or try it. 😉

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