Hi Lifehacker, I work in a school, and my office is in between two classrooms, and separating those classrooms from my office are walls which are almost entirely made up of large windows. This means that every time i do anything interesting (YouTube or the like) at work, I get a whole class of children shouting at me and getting distracted.
I was wearing 3D glasses at work the other day, and I discovered that the light from LCD screens are polarised. That got me thinking - if I could somehow replace the windows behind me with correctly polarised glass windows, I could have complete LCD privacy.
Do you, or do any readers, know if this would work, and if so, if it is financially feasible? I was thinking perhaps i could get sheets of transparent polarised plastic, and cover my windows with that? Or am I crazy? Thanks, Scott
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On the specific question of polarising glass, I'm going to plead ignorance, and ask our much-better-informed readership if they've got any thoughts or experience. However, it seems to me that a possible solution to the same dilemma would be to follow an older Lifehacker idea and use acrylic glaze to improve your privacy, making the windows transparent enough to admit light but glazed enough to keep your PC screen from prying eyes.
It'll involve a bit more legwork, but it will almost certainly be cheaper than getting glass cut to size, and it will work with any equipment you have in place -- not just a specific model of monitor. (A really cheap variant of the same idea is to use liquid soap, but that's a rubbish idea in a school environment, really.)
If anyone's got some thoughts on Scott's idea, share them in the comments.