I know, it's very retro, but, ever so easy on the eyes.
To set your Ubuntu console up, do this:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
next select: Combined - Latin; Slavic Cyrillic; Greek
then select: VGA
Finally, select: 32x16
For extra happiness, set your mouse up with gpm: sudo apt-get install gpm
Now type alt-ctrl F1 [or F2-F6] and browse like it's 1980.
To get back to X, do alt-ctrl F7