f.lux: matching technology to environment

f.lux asks, “Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?”

Why, yes, I am often blinded by glare of the screen in the morning, thank you very much.

Already like I f.lux. It is sympathetic to my plight as a non-morning person, slow to wake and easy to startle, and I want to know exactly where this is going.

“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.”

Unless you live close to one of the poles, this is probably correct, I add with a mental note that technology and nature’s rhythms are often very, very out of sync. Which, incidentally, can make me feel very, very out of sync.

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.”

You can fix this? I sit in awe as if somehow I am pondering the mechanics of the universe.

“It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer.”

How do you know me???
(You. Know. Me.)

“You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better. f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time.”

But hopefully never messy.

“When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.”

Without bursting into flames?

“Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.”

I must do this thing, I tell myself, and promptly download and install this marvel of modern technology. Sure enough, it is easy to install, set and use, so gift yourself this free download for Windows, Mac, Linux and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch because little things really do mean a lot.

I bat my not-sore eyes at you: it works. 

One thought on “f.lux: matching technology to environment

  1. Yes, but will it make coffee in the morning?

    This sounds like a great app, and it's well overdue. Thank you yet again, Gen for bringing this and many other apps to our attention!

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