Scott Hanselman

Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment

September 8, '06 Comments [7] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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Dark_roomNow THIS is what I needed. I was literally in the middle of writing this tool when I remembered to Google for one someone wrote first!

Dark Room (Feed) is a Windows Clone of WriteRoom, one of my favorite Mac applications. The fact that its default state is green text on black isn't the point; you can change the colors. It's the lack of distraction.

I often type Alt-V|U in Word to go Full Screen - get those damn toolbars out of my face. Dark Room, written in .NET 2.0 baby, will be a nice place to hide occasionally and help me get work done.

Head over to pick up a copy of Dark Room now and give it a try. If you're like me, you just can't get that <whatever> document done. Maybe you leave your office and hide out in a conference room. This is kind of the same thing, but virtually. And shut down Outlook while you're at it.

Whatever it takes to be productive, I say. Now I wonder if he'll let me write a blogging plugin for Dark Room...

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, September 08, 2006 8:30:14 AM UTC
A Basic spell check would have made this thing a little more "usable". (I make typo's when I type)- Support for "VI'ish" commands would have been great while I am in full screen...

But then again, maybe these features are not there for the sake of keeping the product simple.
Friday, September 08, 2006 12:53:48 PM UTC

You've taken the links out of your feed! This is not cool. I will not be visiting your website to read an entire article. I read a lot of blogs, but I do it in my reader exclusively. I'm very dissapointed with this change.

Friday, September 08, 2006 2:09:40 PM UTC
>This is a content summary only

Friday, September 08, 2006 3:47:14 PM UTC
-1 for feed summaries as well. Maybe you could discuss this further in its own post. You get to do what you want with your words, but summary feeds are really about the author, definitely not the readers. (Your blog *can* be about you more than your readers, I don't believe there's anything wrong with that per se.)

I've eventually unsub'd from every partial feed I used to follow, I try but ultimately can't be bothered with the additional indirection.
Friday, September 08, 2006 5:27:31 PM UTC
I turned it back was an experiment...heh, guess it didn't work! :)
Scott Hanselman
Saturday, September 09, 2006 2:55:19 AM UTC
This makes me wonder: Am I the only one who prefers summary over full post feeds? Well, that might be related to the way I read feeds, though: using a "River of News" view in FeedDemon, skimming the titles and summary and store the interesting things in uQueue for later consumption - at this point there are 36 links waiting to be visited... Otherwise I would be lost in the information overload :]
Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:19:55 AM UTC
Add Dark Room to the next Ultimate Tools List
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