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Rest for OS X: Adding coached exercises to productivity management

If you look around the OS X app store, you won't have much trouble finding any number of productivity management apps based on popular techniques like Pomodoro. We're big fans of these utilities here at TUAW. They transform your work into short manageable chunks, enabling you to return to work...

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Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation: Get on your feet!

Ergotron has been making workstations for Apple machines for years, so it's no surprise that its latest products are perfect for the current line of Macs. Today I'll be providing information on the Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation (US$299), an innovative idea to help knowledge workers get...

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TwelveSouth defies gravity with HiRise for iMac and Cinema Display

Pop quiz: What's holding up your iMac? As handsome as the metal foot design may be, many deskbound Mac mavens eventually find that the fixed-height screen position isn't quite high enough for comfortable ergonomics. In my experience, the same goes for the Cinema Display -- up until yesterday,...

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Landscape or portrait? It's all about software ergonomics

When we think about computer ergonomics, we usually look at how our monitor is positioned (is it an appropriate distance from our eyes?), where our keyboard is laid out (in a keyboard tray or on our desktop?), and if our chair height lets us keep our knees at a 90 degree angle. In other words,...

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Case Study: Standing at your Mac to save your back

BusinessWeek is worried that Your Office Chair Is Killing You. "Short of sitting on a spike, you can't do much worse than a standard office chair," says Galen Cranz, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. This article caught my eye because just about a month ago, I bought this...

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Relax, the iPad isn't going to kill the iPhone

Regardless of what some people may worry about, the iPad is not going to kill the iPhone. Why's that? To keep the answer really, really simple, it's because the iPad does not fit in people's pockets. Can the answer get any simpler than that? I'm on record as not being a huge fan of the iPhone as...

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Nothing was stirring, not even these mice

Wired's Gadget Lab points to this great Flickr gallery by raneko of Apple mice throughout the years, from the blocky one-button behemoths of years past up to the smooth and slick Mighty and Magic mice of today. Laid all in a row like that, it's interesting to see just how much care went into the...

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Macworld on healthy computing

Most people know that the right ergonomic setup is important to maintain not only good productivity but good health. Far too many otherwise healthy and intelligent people, including Mac pundit and New York Times columnist David Pogue, succumb to painful, sometimes even debilitating, RSI or back pain...

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