Category Archives: Ergonomics

Make Money at Home: Preparing Your Environment

27 September 2008, by A. Cedilla

In a previous 4 part series that can be seen here, I wrote about using your PC and workstation ergonomically and how to avoid getting repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and also how to protect your kids from getting PC-related injuries as well.

In two other articles, one on data storage here and the other on disaster recovery here , I covered data protection, security and storage issues.


In this follow-up, I’m just recapping what you may have forgotten or dismissed as not being all that important on all the previously mentioned issues above. In addition, I’ll also tackle some of the attitudes that may hinder your work flow at home.
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You and Your Computer 4

17 July 2008, by A. Cedilla

Part 4 of a series

The previous 3 parts in this series focused on software tips, websites and guidelines to taking care of yourself when you use the computer. This final installment deals with the particular needs of child users.

If you work at home and share your computer with your kids, or if each member of your family has a PC of their own, some special consideration is in order. Although, with the way some kids whizz through the basics and seem to master the use of the computer intuitively, you may ask, “Why? They’re better on the damn thing than I am!”

Children’s hands are smaller. A mouse and keyboard for adult use may force kids to use their hands in awkward, stretched positions, stressing the developing muscles, bones and nerves. You can check for child-sized Little Fingers keyboards from Datadesk Technologies. Instead of using a regular mouse you can move to trackballs

Children are smaller. They may look cute with their feet dangling over the edge of your chair, but the pressure this places behind their knees can impede circulation. Get them a footrest. Giving them firm back support in the form of rolled-up pillows can also help alleviate added pressure on their backs.

Unless you teach them, they won’t know any better. Continue reading You and Your Computer 4

You and Your Computer 3

16 July 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 3 of a series

Sorehand is “an online community dedicated to sharing information about repetitive stress injuries and related topics for people with repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s). Sorehand members range from those severely injured to those who think they may be developing symptoms of an RSI, to the friends and families of those injured. Common topics include dealing with workers’ compensation and legal issues, suggestions on ergonomic equipment to use, and emotional/psychological/spiritual issues as they relate to RSI.”

The passage above was copied directly from Sorehand’s website (copied in 3 moves within 5 seconds. Neat,yes? )

  • Shift+Ctrl + Right Arrow to highlight,
  • Ctrl+C to copy
  • Then Ctrl+V to paste.

For those old enough to remember the time before photocopying machines existed, the only choice was manual copying or buying the book. With the advent of the Internet, now it’s usually a question of saving, bookmarking, scanning and/or converting. In any case, you generally use your hands to press the buttons or keys that set your chosen process in motion.

When it comes to computing, we use our eyes and hands the most. And it’s our hands and eyes that we strain the most. What follows are some tips, shortcuts and suggestions to keep your hands in optimal condition.
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You and Your Computer 2

13 July 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 2 of a series

Pop quiz: Count yourself, your circle of family, friends and co-workers. How many of you spend significant time on your computers?

Done? Now, how many of you say anything about headaches, or dry eyes?

Research shows that roughly 70% of the people who work with computers have problems with their vision. That breaks down to 7 out of 10 people. Does this figure agree with your findings?

Computing is an overwhelmingly visual media and it’s because of this that so many people suffer from visual fatigue and computer vision syndrome . Most studies show that 70-90% of computer workers show symptoms of vision-related problems, bought on by a combination of poor workplace conditions individual visual problems, and improper work habits.

For example, in a normal setting people normally blink around 17-22 times per minute. On the computer, they slow down to 4 blinks a minute. The normal flow of tears that lubricate your eyeballs and wash out any possible irritant is compromised. Result: Dry, irritated “sandy” eyes.

And that’s not all! Continue reading You and Your Computer 2

You and Your Computer

09 July 2008, by A. Cedilla

1 of a series

You hustle, endure the daily grind, work. Your data is safe, you had a little fun playing around inside your head with your plans for eventual world domination (even if it’s just a very small bit of the globe), and preen complacently as things move into the beautifully orchestrated flow you’ve always wished for, even if it just for now. You’re above petty worries of the moment.

Except you have a nagging headache and see little sparkly things the corner of your dry, sandy eyes.

Hurt anywhere else lately?
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