August 2011

I started my blog back in December 2010 and it's still going strong. I've posted at least once post a month since then, so feel free to browse through the archives.

Better Lighting for your Computer with F.lux

F.lux is an application for Windows and OSX* that changes the colour of your computer’s display to match the colour of the environment around you, based on the time of the day.

I’ve been using it for the best part of a week now, and I’ve found it to be very useful. I use computer throughout the evening to listen to music and surf the web, but the last thing I need is a direct hit of ‘sunshine’ just before I go to bed. With F.lux my screen is already matching the lights of my flat – giving a much more mellow orange glow, rather than an intense blue one.

As well as the time related features, I’ve also found it quite helpful to set it to the 3400K mode in the day when I’m coding.

I have yet to find a keyboard shortcut for the ‘disable for one hour’ option, but I looks like the application is under (fairly) active development, so new features will hopefully be added over time.

I can totally recommend this software.

* It’s also available on ‘Linux’ but I don’t know anyone that is currently using Linux as a desktop operating system (apart from Doc John…)

The Moon with Saturn in August 2011

After my previous attempt was clouded over, I thought I’d try again to photograph the Moon (shown above) and Saturn together. Unfortunately this wasn’t meant to be – however I did manage to snap a photo of each separately, as well as a couple of rather nice sunsets.

Here’s Saturn (you might have to take my word for it) just before it set behind the tree line. I took this photo on the night of Thursday the 4th of August 2011, but I didn’t get any close-up pictures of the moon that night (even though it was clear!)

On Friday night I returned to photograph a better picture of the Moon itself. As you can see above, the clouds were back. But I didn’t mind too much, as having the clouds sticking around did result in a rather pretty sunset.

Here’s the Moon I was after, just peaking out from behind the clouds. I ended up with this rather pretty glow effect which you can see on the full resolution picture below…

As usual, I’ve uploaded the full resolution versions to Flickr.