How dark mode took over our screens

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  1. mood

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    How dark mode took over our screens
    March 17, 2019
    https://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-chrome-dark-mode-design
     
  2. xxJackxx

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    I'm disappointed it took them decades to get around to dark modes on screens. I'd probably have better vision today if they had it all along.
     
  3. vasa1

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    Well, I embraced the dark side years before. A minimal knowledge of CSS was, and is, enough.
     
  4. Joxx

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    A light greyish/beige background with black, crisp fonts, as books have been doing for centuries; or as Wilders has been doing for years.
     
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  5. Stefan Froberg

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    Those dark mode advocated don't seem to understand what's going on.

    It's not the screen brightness (or "whiteness") that makes getting sleeping difficult. It's the blue wavelength (or "Blue light") that
    that our electronic gadget screens produce that is the problem.
    Blue light suppresses body melatonin production. And Melatonin is a sleep hormone.

    So instead of going totally all dark, people could try just reducing the blue light emitted by our screens.
    For windows there is a little application F.L.U.X. and for Linux Red Shift that do the job.

    EDIT: It's not just blue light that suppressed melatonin production (other wave lengths suppress it too). But it's the wave length with most powerfull effect.
     
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  6. Mrkvonic

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    Dark themes are only acceptable on phones (and even then, I've only seen one good implementation), never on the desktop.
    Mrk
     
  7. Brummelchen

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    on android i use an app which sets a red overlay depending on daytime. but not at my desktop.
    for work i prefer light or white backgrounds, nevertheless dark backgrounds let colors shine more intensive.
    in the past dark colors were used for "special" websites with "special" content.
     
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    I use dark themes everywhere because I cant stand light and especially white backgrounds.
     
  9. Mr.X

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    Now I know where your name origin come from, you lord of vampires...
     
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    :eek::ninja::D:argh:
     
  11. vasa1

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    While that may be possibly true, I feel more comfortable viewing a screen with a dark background than a light background. When it comes to reading paper books or newspapers with the light source behind me, I prefer dark text on a light background.
     
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    The issue isn't about sleep for all. After decades of staring into white and light colored screens the eyestrain is pretty much unbearable. Dark screens greatly relieve the problem. F.L.U.X. and such do little to resolve this as I find the red more irritating than the white.
     
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    +1

    Even reading Wilders is a pain.
     
  14. vasa1

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    No, it isn't :)
     

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    Cancer white like here on Wilders hurts my eyes. It's laughable that in 2019 there's no dark mode for 99% of all sites and apps.
     
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    I guess because I'm old school at 63; I've never seen a dark theme I like, and many of them are unreadable!
     
  17. Brummelchen

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    Code:
    @-moz-document domain("www.wilderssecurity.com") {
    * {
      filter: grayscale(100%);
    }
    }
    or
    Code:
    @-moz-document domain("www.wilderssecurity.com") {
    * {
      filter: hue-rotate(180deg);
    }
    }
    :D

    note: need more cpu consumption - the better way is to style it directly with new colors
     
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    There's no software solution for lowering the blue light, there's only 1 hardware method, the ON/OFF switch of your monitor. (if it still has one)
    Playing with Kelvin values has nothing to due with blue light wavelengths.
     
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    I've never liked the Dark mode.
    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life...:D
     
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    I think it has more to do with developers' current code editor preferences. I would suggest that the majority of developers probably code in dark mode right now, and if they use it for editing their code... they probably think "why not give my app itself a dark mode as well." Just check out a bunch of the code editors and IDEs, many of the major ones now default to dark mode...
    I don't think the blue wavelength / sleep better argument really is swaying anyone. But I do think the eyestrain argument may be valid. Anecdotally, it definitely seems that staring at a dark mode code editor is a bit easier for long hours. Or it could simply be that your eyes appreciate a "change up" so to speak. If most apps are black-on-white, then every now and then it might feel easier on your eyes if you switch up some other apps to white-on-black.
     
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    How to enable dark mode on your phone, laptop, and more
    March 22, 2019
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/22/...-android-mac-windows-xbox-ps4-nintendo-switch
     
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    With the release of Google Chrome v74, enabling of a Dark Mode is possible. More info:
    Note: the artice is mentioning "-force-dark-mode", but two "-"-characters must be used. Correct: "--force-dark-mode"
     
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    Added to my shortcuts since yesterday. Cool.

    Yep. Fwiw all Chromium Command Line Switches begin with two dash characters, always.
     
  24. vasa1

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    In addition to using
    google-chrome-stable --enable-features=WebUIDarkMode --force-dark-mode
    Linux users need to go into Settings > Appearance > Themes and select the Classic theme rather than the GTK+ theme.

    The "--enable-features=WebUIDarkMode" is needed for dark "chrome://…" pages.
     
  25. Victek

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    It's nice to see dark mode being built into the browser. I've been using a Firefox extension called Dark Mode for a long time that works well for many sites. I also use the Stylus extension and install custom dark styles for specific sites that the more general Dark Mode extension doesn't handle well. These are available for Chrome as well.
     
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