Life\’s Direction

ZenBurn – Helpfull colors to help your eyes!

Posted in -TECH- by lifesdirection on June 4, 2008

My eyes have been hurting recently,

I realized that there were a few things that I could do to combat the plight of the technology worker, tweak my computer’s user interface.

I have been looking for a while for a good color scheme for alot of the ‘terminal’ based work that I do.  As I sit infront of a Terminal of some sort for most of my job and hobby, it was getting more important that I find one less-straining on the eyes.  I believe I have done that.

In the screenshot I have used the ‘ZenBurn‘ color scheme for putty, this color scheme.  I also use a different font, one that comes with Vista, it is called “Consolas”.  Furthermore sub-pixel rendering is turned on in the various operating systems that I use,  This makes the text more readable when using an LCD display.

I find personally that the easier my display enviroment is on my eyes the more productive I become.  I am able to concentrate longer and stay more focused at the task at hand.  Spend some time on your computer, adjust your interface on the programs you use, unfortunatly some operating systems will not allow you to do this but most will, Vista (shudder), XP via (UX Theme Patcher), Gnome/KDE will allow you to do this nativlely OS X may require you to purchase a themeing utility such as shapeshifter.

What are some of the things that you do to make your computing experience more comfortable?

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A few utilities for those mac users out there :D (or PC users running OS X)

Posted in -TECH- by lifesdirection on December 2, 2007

utils.jpgI wanted to post some of the utilities that I run on my mac.  I’m also quite an avid Linux user as well so some of these utilities will have Linux ports or alternatives:

Think – Think is an application that I use to simplify my desktop.  It allows me to keep from being distracted by only allowing one or two applications to be visiible on my desktop at the same time. This means things like system notifications, email notifications, dashboard applets running in developer mode etc… Won’t be so distracting.  This utility is good if you spend some intentional time on your Mac as opposed to just ‘browsing and IM’ time (Good for writing papers or programming).

Onyx – This set of utilities to configure and weak your mac allows you to set settings that are not traditionally available via ‘System Preferences’.  While Onyx is not yet available for Panther, if you run Tiger (Which I do on my mac) then give it a whirl, but be carefull, as will all system tweaks you can mess things up, so if you dont know what it is then dont play with it 🙂

Stickies  -Stickies comes with OS X, if you know what a post-it note is well, its a digital post-it note pad.

Virtual Desktop or Spaces –  Virtual Desktop is for Tiger, Spaces comes with Leopard, and no, Apple did not steal the concept of Virtual Desktops from these guys.  Virtual Desktops have been around since Unix and (correct me if I am wrong) first appeared on CDE for Solaris.  Eitherweay they are usefull, they take a bit of getting used to but if you like to switch between applications but dont have a high resolution display, take them for a whirl.

So those are some of the utilities that I gotta have! If you are interested in any of their Windows Counterparts let me know.  I believe I have found alternatives for everything except for Onyx and Think.  Which reminds me, if you find a Think alternative for windows PLEASE let me know (I have to run that OS at work).

Have a blessed Sabbath (even if you don’t take yours on Sunday).