Category Archives: Ergonomics

Handy Sites: Sorehands and Safe Computing

Physically speaking, when it comes to using the computer, we use our eyes and hands the most.

Witness the huge numbers of wrist-pain/back-pain combo and headache complaints that plague the computer-using population. Which is everyone we know. And we know this because we talk about it with one another, sharing our pains and aches over lunch-break, asking around and doing research to help deal with the problem. We’re a sociable lot when we find out the pain we have in common. We talk about it.

Sorehand is “an online community dedicated to sharing information about repetitive stress injuries and related topics for people with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). Continue reading Handy Sites: Sorehands and Safe Computing

Take-A-Break for Kids: CUErgo, Stretchbreak and TIFAQ

Previously in part four of the series You and Your Computer (found here), we mentioned the special ergonomic requirements that kids need when they use computers. To wit:

“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.”

You can go to Cornell University Ergonomics Web, CUErgo, to see before and after pictures of properly set up workstations for children and teens in their Guidelines for Parents. I highly recommend you visit their “Interesting Sites” page to see more resources on ergonomics and computing. also has a special section for kids and their parents. And you can also download Stretchbreak (kiddie version) for free, or try out the 10-day trial version for adults.

Typing Injuries FAQ (TIFAQ) has 2 special sections for this special concern, one written for children and a resource page for their parents .

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Take-A-Break Programs: RSIBreak, Workrave and Xwrits

In a 4-part series called from last year, titled “You and Your Computer” we mentioned several free programs you can download and use to remind you to take mini-breaks while you work. Here they are again:

RSI Break – for Linux users. Aside from micro-pause pop-ups, to remind you when to take a break, RSIBreak also records how much time you’ve has been active, and how much was idle time.

Workrave – – for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows. Workrave is currently available in nine languages. Danish, Dutch, English, German, Polish and Spanish among them. Continue reading Take-A-Break Programs: RSIBreak, Workrave and Xwrits