Are You a Candidate for Carpal Tunnel or Other Problems?Written by Pauliina Roe
Do you realize how many people have health problems due to working on their computers, with a less than optimal set-up? Ergonomics is a big concern, but America is still behind in appreciating concept. We have better back stores and such, but people usually do not take entire computer set-up into consideration. There are definite orientations of equipment which should be made - and can make a big difference in avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back strain, and other problems.
Your Seat should be adjustable - in height, in swivel, in armrest. You need to be able to change your position a bit throughout your day. Your legs should rest so bottom of your foot rests on floor or a footrest, with back of knee slightly higher than height of chair seat. The armrest should support forearms comfortably, and not interfere with movement.
Your Monitor should be directly in front of you, at a height so top line of monitor screen is at your eye level. You should be viewing it from at least 18-24 inches away.
Your Keyboard should be directly in front of you. The height should be so elbow is at side of body and comfortable, with relaxed shoulders, and wrist flat. Your forearm should be parallel to floor with elbows to side. You might want to try using new hilly keyboards with keys placed in optimal positions for better typing - it seems to relieve stress for many people - fingers align better with keys so there is less stretching.
Are You Saving Money With a Computer Support Plan?Written by Pauliina Roe
As a computer troubleshooter and repair person, I see all kinds of problems and possibilities. From quick fix or answer to complicated repair, from problem computer to occasional tweak another computer needs - it pays to know a good and reliable technician to help you.
Lately there have been programs in which online support is offered. This can be good or bad. The good is there are various programs you can choose from, and bad is you might choose poorly and get stuck with a worthless plan - which in long run will cost you more in time and money. Sometimes online support is a much more economical choice in getting help and support - because you can avoid an up-front service charge from a hands-on repair shop and often get enough information to fix something yourself. It won't work in all cases, but perhaps it will save you some money in many cases.
One online support company, for which I am a technician, at http://sisugal.supportfreaks.com is a good example of a program run correctly. People can ask a question and if it can be answered fairly quickly, there is no fee - this can include support via email, or chat, or phone. By chat or email, you can assess technician's capability before you end up requesting help from him/her. You will have opportunity to fund your support account - and then use it any time you need - no monthly requirements or outlay. There are over 1000 techies knowledgeable in nearly any capacity dealing with computers, Internet, peripherals, etc.
I question concept of monthly fees for support - because there are normally many months in which no support is needed. Yes, some will use their accounts to ask frivolous questions they would never pay to ask, but only to use up their monthly credits. Still others will just let monthly credits go to waste - like so many other plans that get forgotten but are still paid into monthly.