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Should the CLI be white on black, or black on white?

White text, Black background
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54%
Black text, White background
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15%
Green Text, Black background
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31%
 
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What is your fave application / util and why?

Postby Alex01UK » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:39 pm

What is your fave application / util and why?

I like the Gnome System Monitor utility, because it displays the current kbps going through my router/hub, and you can click on the info tab when they ask, wow that computers amazing, what is it? And it even gives you the nickname for the OS eg Roaring for UB13.o4

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Postby guy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:40 am

Inkscape because I can: a) single-source high-quality scaleable graphics for export to all kinds of media, including native display in HTML5, and b) open the code in Gedit and fix/learn stuff.

Re. the survey, thousands of years of paper and ink technology have not changed our near-universal preference for black text on white ground. Blackboards changed to whiteboards in my lifetime. There is a reason for that change.
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Postby Alex01UK » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:12 am

Re. the survey, thousands of years of paper and ink technology have not changed our near-universal preference for black text on white ground. Blackboards changed to whiteboards in my lifetime. There is a reason for that change.[/quote]

Remember the old Sinclair's? I had a ZX81, Then a Spectrum+, then a Spectrum +2. They were al;ways black text on white bacground.
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Postby towy71 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:02 am

green on black for my cli 8)
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Postby guy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:12 am

Alex01UK wrote:Remember the old Sinclair's? I had a ZX81, Then a Spectrum+, then a Spectrum +2. They were al;ways black text on white bacground.

My original Speccy was black on a white ground by default. Sinclair changed it from the older white-on-black of the ZX81. Maybe you are thinking of the Amstrad CPC, or did Sinclair change it back?

Either way, that "Remember the old..." says it all. White-on-black was heir to an even older green-on-black CRT technology, and went the same way for the same reason (unless you are towy21 of course).
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Postby Bazza » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:05 pm

Python, any version, because I love trying to get stuff to work in multi-platform AND multi-Python-version conditions...

As for colours for the terminal, I really don't care as my AMIGA and Macbook Pro is default B on W and My Linux and Windows flavours are default W on B...
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Postby towy71 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:22 pm

I must say that having switched to green on black everything else just looks wishy washy and much harder for these old eyes to read :roll:
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Postby guy » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:19 pm

towy71 wrote:I must say that having switched to green on black everything else just looks wishy washy and much harder for these old eyes to read :roll:

The most readable is said to be yellow or similar on dark green. Green blackboards with hideous yellow chalk dominated my schooldays in the late 1960s. We used to hide the yellow so Teacher had to use the white. Numbers on A road signs are still equally hideous to this day, though mercifully much white lettering has crept in.

In the bad old days before my migraine tablets I used cream on dark muted green with my SAM Coupe for a while. But then I found (by much trial-and-error) that dark red-brown on a light mushroom brown was even kinder. Think sepia on parchment by the light of a single candle, and you understand the renaissance artist's sketchbook a little better. e-ink designers please note.
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Postby Nuke » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:41 pm

Missing poll option is green on black. That was on the first screens (VDUs then) I ever saw, mainframe terminals. White on black looks insipid by comparison.

In DOS days, I remember seeing a lot of yellow on blue; it was very clear though I never used it. (except for my Boot Manager, come to think of it).
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Postby leke » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:56 pm

I guess favourite here is the one I have most fun with. If you exclude web browsers for obvious reasons, it would be the GIMP, just for the lulz:
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Postby Ram » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:14 pm

Guess that you in the cat suit Leke :)

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Postby towy71 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:53 pm

I added my preferred colours to the poll, but I have yet to try some of guy's suggestions :wink:
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Postby leke » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:05 pm

Ram wrote:Guess that you in the cat suit Leke :)

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No, but he's my movie star look-a-like ;)
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:19 pm

itunes is by far the best music library organizer :D
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Postby guy » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:39 pm

1slipperyfish (troll) (troll) wrote:itunes is by far the best music library organizer

I use Cubestore.

Its 14-inch* dimension accommodates my albums perfectly.

* In metric that's approx. 4.2 iambic pentameters.
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