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Playing with Anna

When I'm not around, Anna is locked up in her stable. Mostly for her own protection, as she's still a rambunctious kitten. I let her out, and together we walk around. The point of this is to get her to know her territory and how it all fits together.
She knows the front of the house, the potager, the bit that used to be brambles... but the big open Western Wilderness confuses her. Until she gets that sorted in her head, she's not going to make it from here to there without risking getting lost. You'll notice that when she recognises where she is, she charges home. But she's really close before she recognises. So... more walking required.
You'll also spot the kittenproofing around the field drain. Yeah... she thought it was good to go down there. Thankfully she didn't meet any snakes, rabbits, badgers, foxes, or minor ranking demons. We have all of those.


Playing with Anna.

 

Screen burn

While AMOLED displays can be celebrated for their ability to have bright whites and total blacks, they unfortunately carry the risk of screen burn. This is something that used to plague cathode ray displays and televisions, and one of the reasons why having bright fixed station logos on the screen used to annoy people. It wasn't that "MTV" or whatever was a bad thing to have on-screen, it's because if that channel is watched a lot, there's the risk of having it appear as a faint ghost on other channels. It's been literally burned into the screen. No, it isn't fixable.

The same sort of thing can happen with AMOLEDs, where the pixels start to wear out from intensive use. This is what I noticed when I saw a faint pattern on my Samsung S9's display.

Samsung S9 screen burn
Samsung S9 screen burn - close up
The image has been processed to make the burn-in a little more obvious. There's a box to the right of the magnifying glass, and there are three dots to the right of the three dots.

Beause of the pattern, I know exactly where to point my finger - Firefox.
Older versions of Firefox used to support themes, and I used to use the theme called which was soft and easy on the eye.
Somewhere along the way, one of Mozilla's decisions was to remove support for theming, changing icons, etc. Instead eschewing anything that resembled skuomorphism to instead jump on the "massive expanses of white" bandwagon that everybody seems to think is great these days, which will exacerbate the problem on such displays.

The latest version of Firefox now supports a simple choice of "light mode" and "dark mode" (noting that it took forever and a day for Android itself to support dark mode), but I'm not going to upgrade because... well... a lot of what used to work now doesn't.

Looking at the screen as a whole, you can see there's a definite change on the lower two-fifths (right in the photo). This is because Firefox (and other things) are big expanses of white, while the on-screen keyboard that I use is dark grey.

Samsung S9 screen burn
Samsung S9 screen burn - whole screen

Thankfully this, while visible, is only visible with all the white that modern user interfaces seem to want to inflict upon users. It isn't noticable while watching films.

My Samsung S7 doesn't have visible burn-in after two years of use, because this is what an older Firefox on that phone looks like. I'm sure you'll agree that it's much easier on the eye and the screen.

Firefox on my S7
Firefox on my S7

 

 

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