With the weather heating up and many of us still working from home, it’s a lovely time to head out to our gardens or balconies (or any outdoor space really) to get work done al fresco.
Apart from general sweatiness and the fact we’re not sipping a pina colada on the beach, the main problem with this is laptop glare.
Our computers – however high-tech – aren’t really equipped to deal with bright sunlight, and can become almost impossible to see properly outdoors.
But, instead of having to buy fancy screen protectors or gadgets, you can fix the problem with a simple cardboard box.
LinkedIn user Tom Wood posted a picture yesterday working from his garden, with a standard box encasing his computer.
In the post he wrote: ‘When you are working from home and want to enjoy the sunshine, yet can’t see your laptop screen because of the sun!
‘Get yourself the latest Technological break through….. The Cardboard Box.
‘I can top up my tan and work outside, without any issues.’
His hack was clearly a hit, as the worker bees of LinkedIn like it over 50,000 times, and the comments came rolling in.
One said: ‘I’m embarrassed that I did not already come up with this myself. Amazing.’
Plenty more tried it, too, and shared pictures of their own work-from-garden setups (making us very jealous, may I add).
Our very own Lizzie Thomson gave it a go, saying it was a simple and easy trick, and she’d use it again.
The only thing you do need to be careful of is overheating. Although this can happen at any time – especially when the mercury climbs like this – if your laptop’s sitting in hot sun it’s going to be more susceptible.
If you can, keep it in the shade and use a box with ventilation holes.
Now you’ve got a sun screen for your laptop, you’ve just got to remember the sunscreen for yourself.
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