> -----Original Message-----
> From: mulix [mailto:mulix@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 2:38 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [hackers-il] without typing there can be no
> (computer) hacking
> in a flash of inspiration i just realized the wrist pain i've been
> feeling occasionally lately is due to my bad typing practices. in an
> effort to mend my ways and save my wrists, i'm looking for
> 1. guides on proper typing theory (finger placement, etc). i used to
> know this stuff (even learned it in school in the u.s.), but
> i no longer
> remember much, except for where you should place your fingers.
Look at: http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/wrists.html
Besides a nice observations on wrist pain problem and its solution, it has
many links to theoretical observation and practical suggestions.
> 2. programs for excersizing typing, like the old "arnevet"
> programs, if
> anyone remembers that.
I do not remember "arnevet", but I do know one such a program: it is
called "typist". At least this is the name of Debian package that carries
If you happen to be a Debian user with a connection to the world, then
"apt-get install typist" will do the trick. Otherwise, go to
get the source and enjoy...
> 3. hints on hardware. anyone has experience with a dvorak
> keyboad? good
> qwerty keyboards?
Did not have any exp. with Dvojak, but I do use MS Natural (both at home and
work). It is wonderful keyboard as soon as you get used to it. When I do
type on "plain old" keyboard ( which is often both old and plain :), I do
incomfort in wrists, shoulders, arms, back and neck.
Yes, shoulders, arms, back and neck.
The reason is when I have to touch-type on un-split keyboard, I have to put
shoulders closer, and this stretches the back, the neck and the arms.
However, MS Natural is not the best keyboard I ever used. The best is MS
Natural - the first
generation. It had a wonderful tilt forward, i.e. its back ( the edge closer
to monitor )
was lower than its front ( the edge closer to chair-keyboard adapter :).
wonderful. The bad thing is that the keyboard was not designed as a robust
one, and went
dead pretty soon ( 2 years )....
> thanks in advance...
As jwz states, and I second that, chances are that your monitor is too low.
You can go with 2 bricks of "Visual Basic Version 1.1 Beta in 1889 pages and
23.234 days", or similar junk books. I had achieved having a cool disk silo
under a monitor.
If you would ask me for a monitor stand half a year earlier, you would get
a Sparc Clasic - the Ultimate Doorstop (tm) :)))
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