Non-backlit, Monochrome LCD or other good displays for shell use
pencileraser at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 22:18:00 UTC 2010
Thanks for your feedback. I'm delighted a few picked up this thread.
As for a tube terminal, I think it may be a little easier on the eyes
based on my CRT experience (then again, I didn't have an eye condition
But Brian's point is well taken. I'm still jonesing for a true, non-lit
solution if I am to use the computer much at all. (And that seems
inescapable.) I've experimented with distance, but never to extreme
lengths like 10'. It seems wildly impractical though, I dunno...
Right now I'm using gray on black with diminished brightness.
To be honest, this is as much an eye thing as it is a
psyhological/experiential thing. What Walter Benjamin and Roland
Barthes would refer to as aura/punctum, respectively.
Looking at a plain dot-matrix LCD or looking at a plain piece of printed matter is always going to be a more
organic, natural-seeming experience; natural light is always better than
synthetic. I'm sure you're all familiar with the otherworldly 'brain-fog'
induced by looking at a screen for too long. So I want to stop exhausting
my eyes, but I also want to feel less like I'm in another dimension when
I'm using the computer, and engage more substantively with the world
I do a lot of pen-and-paper work for this very reason.
The search continues...
On Mon, 8 Feb 2010, Brian McKee wrote:
> Having used VT320's and similar for some time, I don't think they are
> an answer for you.
> Quite honestly, if a modern LCD screen set to black with lighter
> coloured text is still too much backlighting, then an serial terminal
> isn't going to be any better.
> I wonder if a larger screen farther away isn't an idea? e.g. a TV at
> 10' ? If 80x25 is good enough, then that might be an answer.
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