Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ease Eye Strain with F.lux


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via At Home Mom Blog by Genesis on 7/26/10

If you're like me and tend to work around the clock, you know how bad things get for your eyes. The monitor just isn't good for them! While looking away every ten minutes is a good habit, I'd also recommend installing F.lux. It's a free program that will change the way you work.

This handy little program was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter after I complained about irritated eyes during a marathon writing session one night. I downloaded it, set my location and . . . my screen turned orange. Uck!

Fortunately, I stuck it out and now I use F.lux ALL the time because it really has eased the eye strain. Here's how it works:

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 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.

Nice and simple, huh? You set where you live and the program figures out when to gradually phase out the "sun" mode and go to warm mode which works with indoor lights.

I'll warn you up front, it takes a couple of days to get used to this. You're going to feel like your monitor is awfully orange at first, but stick it out . . . the results are DEFINITELY worth it. It is so much easier on the eyes.

Also, it's free, which is even better. Go download F.lux here.

Disclosure: I am reviewing this program because I love it, the company has no clue I'm writing this.

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