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snake_400x400So, among the thing this Christmas brought me there is a pretty fastidious problem with my left eye.
Nothing tragic, I’m not wearing an eyepatch, but apparently too many hours spent in front of a monitor have taken their toll.

While I wait for my doctor to be back from his vacations, the only solution so far has been
a . reduce the time spent writing and reading (urgh!)
b . dim the monitor’s brightness.

And here things get tricky…

Turns out there is no default screen brightness control in Ubuntu 14, my operating system.
You have to manually set it from the hardware controls on the monitor itself.

brightness-controller_gnome1.pngSo I did a little searching, and found out Brightness Controller 1.1, a little free application that does exactly what it says on the label: it allows the user to control the brightness of the display through a software running in the Gnome environment.

So now my monitor is running at 80% of the factory-set brightness.
Which is interesting, because not only it causes me fewer problems with my damaged eye, but also brought out a lot of shades and colors I usually missed in websites and blogs (including this one!)

So that’s what it really looks like!

Small discoveries, small victories.
Life goes on.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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