Working outside on a laptop - unable to see screen
Thread poster: Tansy

Tansy  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:57
German to English
May 25, 2005

One of the benefits of working freelance is (supposedly) the ability to work when and where one wants to. Now that summer is approaching I'd like to use my laptop outside more - however I find that the brightness outside makes it impossible to see what's on the screen. Even putting up a parasol and working in the shade doesn't help much. The only solution I've found so far is to put my laptop in a cardboard box. Does anybody have a better solution to this problem?

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Hepburn  Identity Verified
France
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laptop in the garden May 25, 2005

"The only solution I've found so far is to put my laptop in a cardboard box. Does anybody have a better solution to this problem? "

Well, thank you for THAT idea. I have also tried a lot of strange contraptions, wihout success. I had visions of getting at least a nice tan on my shoulders and back, but nothing doing. So, tomorrow, I'll try the box and let you know if it is up to the glare in south-west France at this time of the year.


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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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can't wait to find out! May 25, 2005

I am dead keen to find out how I TOO can work outside:-)

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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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Heat dissipation might become a problem May 25, 2005

Just a word of warning: cardboard might also stop the air from circulating properly, a delicate issue with modern laptops.

I usually look for a place in the shadow, which is good also for my head, as I am practically bold)


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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Ask an advertising company how did they do it May 26, 2005

Search one of these adds where people use laptops on the beach and ask the creator of this add for advice
And while you are it, ask those people where to get those nice looking hamburgers we see in advertisements, those in fastfood restaurants look so much thinner.

Seriously, there are more issues: wind can blow sand into the keyboard and other parts of your machine when working at the beach, bird droppings, sun burning your neck...
I decided against mixing work and recration.
Regards
Heinrich


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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 05:57
stupid idea but... May 26, 2005

Do you wear sunglasses when working outside? Has that helped?

But hey, I live in Ireland, what would I know about nice weather! *lol*


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sylvie malich
Germany
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Ehrm... May 26, 2005

try working outside when it's dark?

sylvie


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Joeri Van Liefferinge  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Screen filter May 26, 2005

You can use a screen filter for glare reduction. Here are a few examples. Go to Selection by Categories -> Monitors and then Accessories -> Filters.

HTH

Joeri

[Edited at 2005-05-26 09:15]


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xxxNicolette Ri
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Headaches May 26, 2005

Too much surrounding light will give you headaches, even with sunglasses. I tried to do so but I gave it up. I think there are two solutions: leave the laptop in the house but do all your paperwork in the garden (documentation, proofreading, etc.). Or adopt the meditteranean way of life: work from 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m., and sleep in between.

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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
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bananas' cardboard box!! May 26, 2005


Just a word of warning: cardboard might also stop the air from circulating properly, a delicate issue with modern laptops.


That's WHY I use a babanas' cardboard box Seriously! it's excellent cos it's got small holes at the sides and back to let the air flow.

Happy translat/sunbath-ing!!
Grace.


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Tansy  Identity Verified
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Thanks! May 27, 2005

Erm - yes, thanks for the helpful and not quite so helpful comments
Sure, the ads always show people lying around on beaches and parks working on laptops - and as ads are supposed to deliver what they promise mentioning the advertising standards authority might even produce results there))
Unfortunately sunglasses don't make a huge difference.
A banana box with ventilation is sure to be better than a standard cardboard box - that's a useful idea!
However the filter screen is just the kind of answer I'd been hoping for - I shall order one and see if it works.
I hope everyone who has it is enjoying the fantastic summer weather!


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