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Solutions to working outside?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by chocolatemonkey, May 19, 2010.

  1. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    How do you guys use your laptops outside, especially when its sunny? I have my screen brightness on full blast, but its still hard to see what I'm doing... I'll buy something to fix this if I have to...
     
  2. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    Is there seriously not a solution to this? :eek:
     
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    I work under an umbrella when Im outside. Either that or in my Gazebo.

    I suppose if you have neither of these.. you could always stick a box on its side and put the laptop in it... just something to block out the sun.

    Would probably be an easy product to invent if it isnt already. you would just need something that overhangs the screen to block out most of the sun.

    Like an old school arcade game.

    Just searched and found this

    http://001yourtranslationservice.co...ptop-sunscreen/images/laptop-sunscreen_01.JPG

    This is kinda what I'm thinking

    Cheers
     
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  4. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    The only reason I don't go out on my patio is because I'm trying to get a tan, so sitting outside fully exposed is kind of a must.

    Hahaha that's awesome. Kill two birds with one stone - see your screen in full sunlight and look like an asshole at the same time! Funniest looking contraption I've ever seen for a computer... thanks for the laugh! :D

    On a more serious note, a cooler/sleeker/smaller looking variant of that could sell well I'd wager. Trying to use my comp in full sunlight is a huge pain in my asshole.... I know I'd buy something to solve it.



    Have you guys had any luck with any type of screen covers? Kind of like what you can get on an iphone? Perhaps a glare cover of sorts?
     
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    mofaux Regular Member

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    If it's purely for reading text, try inverting the colors. It will look like shit for everything else, but I've found it to work well while reading and writing.
     
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  6. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    Wouldn't that cause the opposite effect of what we were trying to get if we used it on a site such as bhw? :eek:

    I'm gonna try it on other sites though for sure, thanks for the tip
     
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    voyevoda Regular Member Premium Member

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    Macbooks with matte screens work pretty well outdoors in my experience.
     
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  8. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    What exactly is a matte screen?
     
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    voyevoda Regular Member Premium Member

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    It used to be the default for Macbooks up until recently. Now, they're all glass by default (which essentially acts as a mirror outside). You have to pay something like $50 USD more for a matte screen instead of glass.

    Glass is more vibrant and has "truer" colours, but matte is actually usable at any time. :)

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/macbook-pro-glossy-matte-glass,news-30421.html
     
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  10. chocolatemonkey

    chocolatemonkey Junior Member

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    Yeah glass looks great but its a disaster in sunlight. Do you remember those commercials a while back where there was a guy with a laptop on an airplane and he was sitting in a middle seat and guys to both sides of him kept trying to look at his screen.... anyways long story short it was for a 3M product that you slide over your screen and it only allows you to see your screen and no one to the sides of you....

    which makes me think it might help with sunlight since its deflecting light so that no one can see from the sides?

    Do you guys know what I'm talking about? I forget what its called...
     
  11. wowhaxor

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    Exactly what I was going to suggest and yes it does work for sunlight. We had these in the hospital for confidentiality reasons. (still no idea what its called though).
     
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    they're called privacy filters and yea m3 makes them. here is just one that i found for an example.

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A3629264&dgc=SS&cid=27530&lid=627063

    it's primarily used for screen privacy and it keeps glare off your screen so i guess it would be ideal for using out in the sun. comes in a number of different screen sizes and prices so you'll probably find one that suites your needs. just go to google shopping and type in 3m laptop or just go to this link and there's a bunch of different sizes:

    http://www.google.com/products?q=3m+laptop&hl=en&aq=f
     
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    Work under an awning or umbrella.

    Wear a baseball cap, cowboy hat, or other cap with a brim, pulled low to put your eyes in shadow.

    Wear polarized sunglasses.

    Equip your laptop with an anti-glare screen.

    Equip your laptop with a sunshade. You can buy a commercial version or spend a few minutes with a big piece of cardboard and some tape to make your own.

    Take frequent breaks to look away from the screen to ease your eyestrain.

    Give up, have a beer, and decide that the summer sun is more important than work. You probably need to stop billing in this case, though.
     
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    I went to the bank the other day sitting down with the lady at her PC and she had one of those, pretty coool, even though I was right next to her I couldn't see anything but black.

    But yeah I was also thinking the same, not sure if it would work though.