08 February 2010

Ergonomically Correct

My brother-in-law was right when he said that I can't buy a new pair of wrists in five years. He was generous in word and deed--he explained all the correct ergonomics of computer work to me and sent me back to Germany with a specialized keyboard which had previously been helping his wrists.

So, Paul, here's proof that I'm trying to do what you told me:

Ergonomics suggested by Paul

The books bring me to a height so that the keyboard is below my elbows. The footrest is made of my old artbox. The other books lift the computer screen so that I'm not looking down anymore. I'm using the special keyboard while wearing wrist braces and I'm only using the mouse (not the touchpad), and on the left-hand side (which is tricky).

And I have downloaded AntiRSI which reminds me to take constant breaks (here's the PC version).

Thanks Paul!


  1. You forgot to mention the most important thing: how do your wrists feel?

  2. I do this for a living. We do not find the "natural" keyboards any more beneficial than the straight ones, generally speaking, but for some people, they are more comfortable. What I would really recommend (seeing your setup) is a keyboard tray so that you can put your keyboard at the proper height. Try to keep everything as neutral as possible (approximately 90 degree angles), keep the wrist straight and the fingers more downward (negative tilt) when keying. Usually the desktop is too high and you have the elbows out at the side and reach too far for the mouse. LOL! Just happened to see this post from another blog I was visiting for the 1st time.