Our computers are killing us and the office is my last hope


Having spent nearly half my life dealing with computers in some form or another, I take this opportunity to challenge the old adage that “the poor worker blames his tools.” In my humble opinion, a poor worker is one who cannot afford to upgrade his tools. What do I say? I can’t let these repetitive stress injuries (RSI) stop me from working anymore. Much of my time has been spent researching the sweet spot of performance, and I’d say we’re not sending the computer mouse to the grave any time soon. Of course, you can get a loved one with Teflon-coated feet, dragging it across hard carpet and ending up with tired hands. At one point, all my former colleagues wore calluses on their wrists. I’ve heard of people quitting their jobs because they couldn’t handle the pain of RSI. My two cents for twenty-something education workers: Don’t wait until things get bad to act.

I’ve had RSI-related ailments in the past that have made FPS and RTS games a spectator sport for me. I think trackpads and touch input are better. Trackpads are a poor substitute, especially if you need to make graphical changes to them. How long do we have to wait before we get the minority report style report? Personally, I like to scroll through web pages and documents with gestures.

But as much as I hate the mouse and the carpal tunnel syndrome that flares up with frequent use, there is room for a desktop computer in the techie’s arsenal. Power outages in many Indian cities make desktop computers very unpopular compared to modern laptops with 8-10 hours of battery life. But the desktop computer has its charm – a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad makes math and math tasks easy. Every part is upgradeable, making its life cycle much longer than a laptop. With the repairability ratings of most mobile devices going down the toilet, a desktop computer is probably the best investment you can make. In comparison, a laptop is less ergonomically optimal. With a hinged screen on the keyboard, the head and body are usually bent and bent. The ideal sitting position is where the viewing angle of the screen is in the same plane as the head.

(See also: Tablets Won’t Kill Laptops – Laptop Makers Will Kill Laptops)

The human body really wasn’t designed to sit in a chair for long periods of time – research shows that sitting is the new smoking, increasing the risk of breast and colon cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Staring at a screen for too long is bad for the body – there’s an app called Time Out that relieves eye strain by checking the screen every 10 minutes, and recommends taking a quick break.

Standing desks improve your workstation setup – There’s an inexpensive Ikea item that makes a standing desk for $22. jugad You can do a similar setup cheaply with a cardboard box.

Ultimately, there is no permanent solution to dealing with RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome. The best thing you can do is take regular breaks, learn your keyboard shortcuts, switch your mouse between hands every few hours and invest in a good workstation – if you buy a computer chair, make sure it has neck and lumbar support in addition to adjustable. cubits and height. Now if you send me my two cents via Paypal, I’ll put them in the Imperial 200 Trust Fund.

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