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not much [Jul. 13th, 2006|11:29 pm]
Beemer
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Nothing much to report in my life. Things are fine, kinda boring. Mostly catching up from working way too much the last week or so.

Board games at Tom's tonight. We played Fearsome Floors, and it takes a LOT longer with six people who are actually thinking about strategy. (Last time, it was very late and we all played kind of haphazardly.)

My workshop at the beginning of the week went well. It was kind of a pain to have to catch the bus early enough to show up at 8:30, but the S bus goes right by the hotel it was at, at least.

Work is back to busy, but not stressful. I'm getting good at saying "yes, I can do that, but not until next week" to keep things from getting overwhelming. Hooray for having work that's mostly without built-in deadlines.

My coworkers are totally amazed by my super-ergonomic Kinesis keyboard.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2006-07-14 04:25 pm (UTC)
I have started getting pains in my wrist/thumb area--it feels like a pulled tendon, no tingly "nerves are confused or compressed" feeling yet (or ever? maybe I just pulled a tendon).

Anyway, I'm getting nervous because my income is kinda based on using my hands, and about 6 months ago my ergonomic keyboard just kinda gave up the ghost (it was not that new, so I wasn't shocked). Perhaps age 30+, non-ergo keyboard, plus constant typing = badness. There's only one piece of that equation I can really change effectively.

Anyway, long story short (too late!) I probably should buy an ergonomic keyboard. Do you know a good place to shop for them where I can sit down and test run a few different types?
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[User Picture]From: nematsakis
2006-07-14 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'd like to point out that the first few days of typing on a Kinesis is painful. You have to relearn a lot of things as well. My Kinesis was a gift from my lovely wife and I was willing to make the effort, but I think it's difficult to spend the hundreds of dollars on one without the faith that it will work out in the end.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2006-07-14 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. . . although this kinda tells me that a "test run" isn't going to tell me much about the long-term comfort/benefit. Any thoughts on, if I did decide to go with one of these, how to decide if it's a good fit?
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[User Picture]From: eto_theipi
2006-07-14 05:23 pm (UTC)
I didn't have pain when I started with the Kinesis. I was definitely slower, but it was comfortable for me from day one.

I had the benefit of MIT's ATIC (Adaptive Technologies for... something) lab when I was investigating alternate keyboards. They let me try out a variety of options ranging from "natural" keyboards to DataHands for as long as I wanted to sit there. Perhaps a university near you has a similar facility?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-07-14 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, mine never hurt, I just felt clumsy and incompetent for a week or two...
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[User Picture]From: boat_of_car
2006-07-14 06:27 pm (UTC)

Ergo stuff

Advice from our ergo research folks:
http://www.uchsc.edu/atp/library/fastfacts/ergonkey1.htm

The home page for the Physical medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics ( the first of it's kind in Colorado)
http://www.uchsc.edu/pmr/clinical_services/services_uch.htm
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-07-14 06:37 pm (UTC)
What other folks said. I don't really know any places to try them out, although we could probably arrange something where you could dink around with my kinesis for a little bit and see what you think.

Don't forget the mouse! Mice are evil. I'm much happier using a trackball.
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[User Picture]From: goobermunch
2006-07-14 10:41 pm (UTC)
Of course, if you're like me and hate, Hate, HATE trackballs, there is another ergonomic option: a vertical mouse. It's supposedly more friendly.

--G
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-07-15 01:32 am (UTC)
I have one of those, too. It is better than a regular mouse, although clicking is a little weird sometimes.

Why you hatin' on the trackball?
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