I started coding in the early '80s. All we had then were
80x24 tty's, dark background and a green or amber foreground.
But ever since I got access to GUIs (first SUNs old sunview
or suntools, or whatever it was called, later X Windows) in
the late '80s, I've always used a black foreground and a
light background. Something off-white. Currently I use 'wheat'
as the background color - but that can vary depending on the
monitor being used and the lighting conditions of the office.
As font, I always use a fixed font, typically the largest
font that gives me 2 non-overlapping windows next to each
other, and vertically I want to be able to have at least
2 24 line non-overlapping windows, with some room to spare.
On the laptop I'm working off now, this means the font choosen
This is in my .Xdefaults file, both on my laptop, my office
workstation, and my box at home:
I never had a problem with it, not even in sessions lasting
over 24 hours.