BUGGER OFF, YER BASTARDS, BUGGER OFF
As I may have promised ages ago, here is the reverse (that is, black on white) colour scheme I made for PuTTY to make it less obvious you have it open on a typical windows desktop.
|Default Foreground (bold)||0||0||100|
|Default Background (bold)||200||200||225|
|ANSI Black (bold)||200||200||225|
|ANSI Red (bold)||250||100||100|
|ANSI Green (bold)||50||150||50|
|ANSI Yellow (bold)||150||50||0|
|ANSI Blue (bold)||50||100||200|
|ANSI Magenta (bold)||200||100||200|
|ANSI Cyan (bold)||0||100||150|
|ANSI White (bold)||0||0||100|
- The primary design objective was to do black text on a white background. ANSI terminal colours are strong and show up well on a black background, so are very faint on a white background. Many of the shades I've chosen are pastel.
- The secondary design objective was that it has to work well with my somewhat customised irssi colour scheme (in which everything is either white or cyan, except the status bars which are red) It also needed to work with the default colours in mutt, and slrn, although the latter was less important. There are a few colour combinations in which the foreground text is a bit illegible on the background, but they are few - off the top of my head, I don't think green on blue or magenta on red were very visible, but I didn't find them irritating enough to try to fix and potentially upset some other balances.
- The colour numbers are by and large multiples of 50. I realise this is totally wrong but I found it a lot easier when creating this thing to be able to type in numbers like "100" and "200". PuTTY's colour dialogue box isn't the easiest thing to work with here, especially when you're doing this on the sly at work.
- PuTTY doesn't change the font to do bolded text, it just uses a brighter colour. Conversely in this scheme the bold colour has to be darker. I solved that one by giving bold background/black (which is actually white) and bold foreground/white (similarly, black) slight blue tints to distinguish them. Bold backgrounds don't appear very often, thankfully. I generally favoured blue tints over other colours because blue is corporate and more importantly doesn't jump out and catch the eye as much as red (a kind of watery pink) or yellow (orange or brown, sounds disgusting, doesn't it, well it works quite well)
Finally, if you have access to the registry on your computer you might be able to paste in the following extract into the relevant part of an exported registry file. Be careful when you do this. I would advise making a new session in PuTTY, saving it, then doing the relevant registry export and doing the replacement in there. The registry section you're looking for will be something like "HKEY\BLAH\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions\reversed" where BLAH might be ALLUSERS or LOCALMACHINE or some random string of characters or god only knows what Windows does here, just search for it okay, and reversed is whatever you called the session.
"Colour0"="0,0,0" "Colour1"="0,0,100" "Colour2"="250,250,250" "Colour3"="200,200,225" "Colour4"="250,250,250" "Colour5"="0,0,100" "Colour6"="250,250,250" "Colour7"="200,200,225" "Colour8"="200,150,150" "Colour9"="250,100,100" "Colour10"="100,200,100" "Colour11"="50,150,50" "Colour12"="150,100,0" "Colour13"="150,50,0" "Colour14"="125,150,250" "Colour15"="50,100,200" "Colour16"="200,150,200" "Colour17"="200,100,200" "Colour18"="0,150,200" "Colour19"="0,100,150" "Colour20"="0,0,0" "Colour21"="0,0,100"
Then obviously you have to re-import the file back into the registry, and restart PuTTY. Enjoy!