I've been using about the same color scheme since I started using Win95 extensively.
I just find it hard staring at RGB(255,255,255) all day and in the default setup it's the background for every text-based program.
You can have a look over here : ...
I might add that i've only switched to WinXP on this machine on Monday. Our central IT-team didn't allow it earlier because the standard profile is Win2k.
So it's just XP in classic mode, I haven't spend much time tweaking it.
I'm not a developer, I 'just use Windows', and I don't like i18n all that much. Not so much because I distrust the local version, but when I spend time online for example, my mind is set to English. I'm Dutch by the way. If I bump into something Dutch
when I don't expect it it actually confuses me for a moment.
Here's one great example I Just stumbled in an hour ago. I was reading
Scobleizer's blog and he mentioned
MSN Messenger 6.2 shipped today. When I clicked the link [to the MSN Messenger page] the whole site was in Ducth. My first reaction was: "what's this? Oh, it's Dutch." To me it was even a bit frustrating not finding a way to change the language to my preferred
website reading language English so I could set my mind back to English.
Just my 2 cents...
I'm from Belgium and my native language is Dutch. But as a developer only use English. This goes from my OS and apps to methode and member names and buglists.
There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is the folowing. Try googling Usenet with a Dutch error message from some Windows component.
If the new systems includes the translations of different error message and exceptions, this would be great, but I doubt I would use it.
And I would prefer Englsh as the main development language, cause now I do have a real problem communicating and understanding French developers. I do understand French, but when it gets down to the technical side and core concepts like OOP, I just have to
The French translate everything and it's realy confusing for me going from French to Dutch to English to understand what they are trying to say. Most Dutch developers I know just adopt English terms.