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  July 18, 2012                        
me+ME: More eyeproblems + a note on monitors

1. Eyeproblems: To keep my life interesting, I again have eye problems like I have had before, which are quite unpleasant since my eyes hurt and I don't see much. Then again, I have been in bed for two weeks, in the dark, in June, and I went to an eye-doctor two weeks ago, who didn't find anything seriously wrong, and it abided - but then it never fully went away and returned some days ago.

But then I have now found part of the cause, I think, which I would have found earlier if I had more energy  (for trying out things):

The large monitor I use - an Acer - is really no good for my eyes, as I found out by replugging my old monitor into the new computer this morning, which I got working quite easily, on Ubuntu: All I needed to do, it turned out, was adjusting the sizes of windows and fonts.

2. Monitors: I am now again looking at a 15" squarisch monitor that worked with the old 32 bits computer and that worked OK for three years, without giving my eyes problems (in which old spare glasses I used for some weeks, that were not really good, probably also played a role), and my eyes, that are still problematic, very clearly have fewer problems with this old monitor, which I always liked, and that is something inbetween flatscreen and the old TV model: Not as flat, but neither as fat as the old ones, with cathode-ray tubes.

The broad and problematic monitor that I used is a cheap Acer, but I don't see why it should hurt my eyes through cheapness, and it may well be the design: flatscreen, backlit. Or it may be my eyes, or my old spare glasses, or a combination. Or the Acer may have a technology that is not fit for my eyes, at least. Or it may be ME, for people with ME have more often problems with their eyes than people who are healthy.

But if feeling is the test (and feeling often is, this being among other thing an average of many impressions one cannot track all individually, if at all), my eyes feel a lot less worse looking at this 15" square monitor - a HP, that served me quite well for three years now - which also inspired a thought, having worked with a broad monitor for several months:

While a broad screen is impressive and also some sometimes is handy, I found it mostly gimmicky, for often it makes makes no difference in the amount of work one can get done per unit of time, and in general it does require extra processing of information, namely of whatever is on the screen, which is twuce as large as the 15" one, which is one reason for me - with ME - to prefer a smaller screen.

This last point applies anyway, I found, regardless of any eye problems, though it may be related to ME.

In any case, I found experimentally that a black or darkblue background on the big screen is easier to work with than one with a picture as background, which indeed is more information to process, as is whatever is on the wide screen besides the area one is working on, and which one's visual system must process somehow, if mostly or wholly unconsciously.

And overall, and by a considerable margin, I find this 15" monitor nicer to work with, on the whole, and regardless of eye problems, than a broad screen, possibly apart form watching movies, though these also are rendered fine on the 15" monitor. [1]

3. Prospects: So I have again to take care of my eyes for a while, which may stop or slow down my writing for my site: I'll have to see (whether I will continue to see, and improve my seeing). My guess is that my eye problems are mainly due to the broad Acer monitor I used, possibly together with some other relevant factors, and if so, the problems should clear fairly soon - days, a week - from past experience.

Apart from that, if I get going again, and have the energy, I have to make some adjustments to my site, for I noticed that things have crept in on the broad monitor that shouldn't be there, especially different font sizes in a text that are invisible in my normal resolution, but is visible in other resolutions, and may be visible to my readers. [2]

Also, I probably will avoid broad screens and flat monitors for the next few years: Apart from my eye problems, I found that overall a 15" or 17" square screen suits me better than one (nearly) twice as broad: At least for me - and this may be related to ME/CFS: I guess it is - a broad screen is less pleasant to work with, in most cases, than a square screen, probably because my brain also tries to keep track of whatever is on the screen than one works with, which may be quite a lot on a broad screen.

Finally, I am once again impressed by Linux and Ubuntu: None of this gave any problems: It just works, and well. If my eye problems get less, there will be more about the DSM-5 tomorrow (it is mostly done); if there is no update tomorrow, my eye-problems did not get less.


[1] There is one exception, I found: In a few cases - depending on the programs one is using - it is helpful to have one application on the left, one on the right, and compare or copy/paste between. But this is not often so, at least for me.

And people with ME/CFS should consider, I think, whether they want a broad screen: I am rather certain it does require more processing, which makes one sooner exhausted.

[2] It depends on my health if and when I get this done, but my overall aim is to have things work and look well on the 15" monitor in standard resolutions with my standard font, which is Verdana. If my eye problems resolve and I remain otherwise doing well on the mB12 protocol, this should be do-able, but there is one qualification and limitation my readers must allow: I'll try to make things look OK on my 15" monitor - which is indeed what I have been trying to do for some 12 years, at least, having always used squarish monitors of 15" or 17" size - but I will not check it out on broad monitors, and I will also not check it out with Microsoft's Internet Explorer of any kind: For the time being I will avoid flat screens, for I have had my fill of sore and partially working eyes, and I simply refuse to touch MS IE: That is dangerous crap.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A  space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.


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