I’ve been using a couple of new programs lately that have helped to improve my computing-quality-of-life. This is totally off-topic to the forum but I was talking to some co-workers about the subject and I realized that a lot of the people here spend a lot of time in front of computers for work (or otherwise), so consider this a PSA and an invitation to chime in with your own must-have recommendations.
One of them, f.lux, is pretty well known. The application syncs your monitor’s hue to match the time of day, providing softer, warmer light in the early morning and evening to give your eyes some rest and make it easier to fall asleep at night. From the site:
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.
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.
The other app that I just picked up is called “EyeLeo” and is great if you’re prone to spending long stretches at the computer uninterrupted.
EyeLeo reminds to take breaks regularly, shows you simple eye excercises and prevents you from using computer at break times. Following EyeLeo’s regulations will result in less physical fatigue.
The program allows you to configure periodic short breaks (a few seconds long) to rest your eyes or stretch, and longer breaks at longer intervals (a few minutes long) which dim your monitor and give you time to stand up or walk around for a bit. The severity of the interruptions can be tweaked from complete lockdown to just a friendly reminder.
Both are free and lightweight. Hope this helps someone!