ergonomics : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary
The science of designing equipment to fit the human body. Also the science of
adjusting furniture and posture for optimum productivity and minimal damage to the
body. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Things you can do now to save
extreme pain later on in life include: getting a good chair, setting
up your chair, desk, monitor, keyboard etc. to the recommented placements, using a
DSK (Dvorak Standard Keyboard), using an ergononmic keyboard and lighting your
workplace with good quality lighting. A keyboard without a numeric
keypad or a freestanding one you can move out the way or place on the right will save
you stretching your arm to reach the mouse. Such keyboards are surprisingly difficult
to find. I have one, the Kinesis that has
one embedded in the normal keypad. I never use it.
Think of these as investments in future productivity, not just creature comforts.
They have handsome payback.