Help Save Your Eyesight With This Clever Windows Program

rob.schifreen If you’re at your PC or laptop right now, you’re probably looking at a screen that’s set quite bright. Probably with a blue tinge, and a colour temperature of around 6000K (if you’re into such things). Such settings are great during the day, as they match natural sunny daylight. But as the day fades to dusk, and the colour of the natural light fades to a more yellow hue, your PC screen stays the same. Which can irritate your eyes, hinder your ability to relax at night, and generally affect your mood. Which is where a really neat piece of software comes in. It’s called F.Lux and, in a nutshell, it changes the colour of your PC screen automatically in line with the time of day. As I write this, for example, it’s 8pm where I live, and dark outside, so my screen is rather yellow and reminiscent of incandescent lighting. Tomorrow morning it’ll be back to sunlight shades again. I discovered this program a couple of days ago when a friend of mine posted on Twitter that this software had, literally, saved his eyesight. That’s a recommendation if ever I heard one. F.lux is free, and is a 0.5 MB download from for all recent versions of Windows. It’s free of malware and other nasties, according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal. When you first start, you’ll need to program in your location. Once that’s done, just sit back and enjoy computing without the eye strain. And if you ever need to revert back to natural colours temporarily, such as if you’re editing a photo, there are options to handle that. You can choose to disable the software for an hour with just a couple of clicks. If you’re a heavy nocturnal computer user, give this a try.]]>

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