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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity? 195

First time accepted submitter der_pinchy writes "For many years I have used a high-contrast desktop color scheme (with green text on black background) and notice more and more software uses a forced color scheme that can make it difficult to use. For web browsing I have always used Opera and its white-on-black user style sheet, but have to constantly tweak it so that certain elements and transparent images are visible. Is there anything to be done with some of the major offenders, like Office or recent versions of Visual Studio? Even recent browsers that support user style sheets still use a forced color scheme on a lot of there dialog controls."
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

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  • by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @02:13PM (#42618523)

    No. I just tried with a pair on my screen. On this Dell LCD is seems to increase the distance between the text and the glass(plastic)? So whatever polarized coating they use in manufacture, gives all of the head ache and none of the 3D effect.

    HOWEVER! Just one lens is fine. So using two rights of lefts will be fine and is the best way to watch a 3D film.

    Turn your screen 90 degrees and the polarized glasses should take care of 100% of the glare. On most LCD screens, it will make the image go completely black.

    Which is always amusing when places use a monitor turned 90% as an information display - one bright sunny day we walked into a fast food restaurant and my wife asked me what I was going to order, while she pointed to the blank screens. I couldn't figure out how she was reading the menu until I remembered to take off my sunglasses.

    What I don't know is whether monitor makers purposely chose a polarization direction that works well with glare reducing polarized sunglasses, or if it's just coincidence that the best polarization direction for a monitor also happens to be compatible with sunglasses.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17, 2013 @02:20PM (#42618591)

    You do realize that all those speciality glasses are doing is what you should be doing anyways, right?
    Calibrate your monitor to ~6500K and the need for yellow tint glasses goes away. Modern monitors come from the factory over 10000K which is AWFUL.
    Added blue makes whites look 'whiter' and brighter, so they keep turninig up the blue.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:56PM (#42619627)

    I think they are just yellow tinted glasses. I needed some glasses for twilight bike riding in the rain (to protect my eyes from rain at speed), and the store I went to had both clear and yellow tinted, so I thought I'd try the yellow tinted. To my surprise, I discovered they helped a little with driving at night: my eyes didn't get as dry, and my endurance and night driving agitation was reduced. Maybe it's placebo, but it was only a mistake that I wore them (I put them on because snow and forgot them on, on a long drive into the night), so...
    Anyways, definitively saying its 100% placebo seems even more misplaced than thinking they could help.

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