What About The Rest Of The World?There is one issue with all this, while you might enjoy a dark theme, the rest of the world seems to have decided on bright backgrounds (something about thinking they look simple, or clean, or minimal). When you combine that with the fact that probably more than half your time is going to be spent in a browser window, you are going to be staring at and interacting with a lot of brightly themed interfaces anyway. But there is something we can do; we can extend our little hack for Firefox above to all web content and do it for Chrome as well using Stylish. Stylish is an extension for Firefox and Chrome/Chromium that allows users to fiddle with CSS styles (and perhaps more) on web pages that you visit. Think of it as a limited version of GreaseMonkey that is geared towards tweaking the visual style of pages. With Stylish installed you just click a button when you encounter a page that you don't like and find a style that fixes what bugs you. There are over 41,000 user submitted styles out there, but importantly they don't usually work forever (pages constantly change and the Stylish scripts will need to be tweaked). This means that the vast majority of these actually don't work completely. It is a process of trial and error, but it is easy to turn off malfunctioning style scripts. I guess I feel that they are worth the effort as they are exactly the best possible solution to this problem if they work, and sometimes they do. They allow you to do the following:
When all else failsI find that it is good to have a quick and dirty method to save your eyes if you have a non-GTK app or your Stylish script is broken or things are just generally not working. For this, I use Compiz's "Negative" plugin which you can configure using Compiz Configuration Settings Manager or ccsm. This plugin allows you to invert the video on a per window basis at the press of a key chord. I have bound "Super-n" to this functionality. This is far from ideal. This inverts all video which mean that all of the colors are screwed up when we use it, which makes video and images look like crap. But it is a useful fall-back method.
Update: Firefox can really look the part if you install the "Dark Bright-Aero" theme.