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« on: September 28, 2009, 07:44:41 am »
But I do have one gripe.  I can't see my laptop screen very well when I'm out in the bright sunlight smoking a cigar (I put the money I save with linux into my cigar fund). I suppose my Microsoft friends (and I have some) will blame that on linux.

Anyway, when I had one of Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child computers, it was as easy to read the screen in the sunlight as in a closed room. As that computer was only $200 or so, I figured it would be cheap to buy a screen I could plug in when in sunlight.  Found one 12" for $2,600 and another for $7,000. Go figure.

Someone could make some money here.
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Re: sunlight
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 08:47:32 am »
I think it's general problem with laptops today. They make them with very glossy and reflective screens because it looks good. Outside however it's horrible, you'll need to hold it a very specific angle to make it usable. I've tried to use my Aspire one outside on a sunny winter day here in Oslo, hopeless. Give me a matt screen anyday!

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Re: sunlight
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009, 02:24:17 pm »
Yes, in the commercials you can see people enjoying their laptops outside, but in reality it's difficult enough if you as much as wear a white t-shirt.

Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy the sun, you'd better bring a good old book and some sunglasses.
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Re: sunlight
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 05:07:17 pm »
Your complaint is the same reason that I have not gotten
a netbook.

LG created a LCD that can handle any type of light. This
was announced last December, the problem is that none
of the OEMs' have started using it.

I wait patiently for that day.


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Re: sunlight
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009, 07:44:02 am »
 just place a non-flameable bedroom sheet over your head, that should do the trick!


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Re: sunlight
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2009, 09:21:08 pm »
Good idea, flip city.  But the smoke gets pretty thick.  Thankfully, flameable or not, the cigar still burns holes in the sheet, so at least some of the smoke escapes.

I bought one of those mac gadgets that covers the screen and lets you sort of peep through it.  And its been cloudy, cold and windy ever since it arrived.  So I have no clue if it will help much.  Won't look as strange as a guy covered with a bedroom sheet with smoke coming out of the holes, though.

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Re: sunlight
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009, 05:36:02 am »
Ya..I wonder how many poor starving children are sitting on a rock in some god forsaken place with a laptop text messageing any one who will answer asking for a sandwich..instead of hot spots there should be some dark spots..around here you get a 500 dollar fine for smoking in public so a dark ally look pretty good if theres any service..maby I should just go to Mc Donalds for a salad before heading to my aroma theraputic paloties class...

sorry.bad humour at make a good point about the screens outside.
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