Friday, February 8, 2013

Eye Strain and Anti-glare Monitor Filters

I recently purchased an anti-glare filter for my new LCD monitor. I am planning to use this monitor for writing and that means long hours in front of it so I wanted to eliminate screen glare.  I have always used glare filters on my other monitors to cut glare and prevent eye strain.

Anti-glare filters aren't inexpensive. However, it is cheaper to buy one that is just anti-glare rather than privacy as well. The privacy filters, which block other people from seeing what is on your screen, are very expensive and I don't see any point in getting one for use at home. You need to be sure to search for "anti-glare" filter if you want the less-expensive filter that has an anti-reflective coating and also protects your LCD surface.

Since this was my first purchase of a filter for an LCD monitor, I wasn't certain of the outcome. I bought a Kantek filter for widescreen monitor from Amazon. So far, I am very pleased with the product.  I like how it enriches the tone and cuts out the brightness. If you consider ordering one, be sure you get the right size. Measure your monitor height and width and match to the filter size. I am including some photos I took of the monitor and filter so you can get an idea of the difference.

Also, other ways to reduce eye strain is to take eye breaks. Close your eyes a few seconds. Look at something in the distance for a few seconds. Also, uses light-blocking blinds on windows. Do not have a window behind or in front of a monitor if possible. The best position is for the window to be at the side of the monitor to reduce glare and eye strain. Use flat paint/muted colors on the walls which will absorb light. The eye doctor gave me lubricant eye drops to use and they help as well as glasses made for computer use.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

From My Old Recipe Box: Chocolate Gravy

Who doesn't love chocolate gravy poured over hot biscuits in the winter?  Has there ever been a better comfort food. Not for me. Loved it all my life!

I've never actually used a recipe to make it.

I mix together equal amounts of sugar and dry cocoa.  Most of the time I used about 2 tablespoons of chocolate and the same of sugar. I taste a bit to see if the chocolate tastes sweet enough. If not, you can add a little more sugar. Then, I add flour. I like my chocolate gravy thick so I'll use 2-3 tablespoons flour. Mix. Add a pinch of salt.
I heat about a half-cup of milk and add chocolate mix. Cook on med-high, stirring constantly until thickens as desired. You can always add more milk to thin gravy. Remove from heat. I always add a slice of butter and let it melt over the top.

Grab you some hot biscuits and enjoy this treat!