just a little more input on the RSI issue. Neighbour of mine developed it
himself... got in touch with occupational health / ergonomics man here and
was given various tips (most of which were mentioned here about arm
position, etc.,). I think the problem is that the condition is a bit like
whiplash in that it is difficult in many cases to clinically diagnose, and
very hard to treat. My friend found acupuncture quite beneficial, though
that tends to be a personal preference.
Another therapy worth mentioning is Alexander technique, which is all about
learning good posture (for sitting, walking, everything really), through
increasing your awareness of how you are using your body, so to speak. I
have heard many positive reports of this technique (it is not actually a
therapy, rather it is something you learn to do).
Finally, AFAIK typists in the old days did not get RSI, and they typed for
far longer and at greater speeds than almost any programmer these days
would. Perhaps the old fashioned keyboard geometry had something going for
it after all, as opposed to the almost flat keyboards we have now.
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