Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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Ergonomics
by matako on Tue 28th Aug 2012 07:22 UTC
matako
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2009-02-13

When we are talking "everyone" I always think about those who may find smaller devices less comfortable or even impossible to use.

You do not have to be impaired in any way to see that even a best laptop computer is in fact not something a physician would recommend for extended use ... let alone smaller devices. ;)

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RE: Ergonomics
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 07:44 in reply to "Ergonomics"
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2005-07-06

Actually, I stumbled once on some research seriously exploring, from a medical standpoint, the ergonomics of computer usage - and the laptop turned out to be fabulous, enabling a position with very little strain in extended usage...

...which was nothing like people often use computers, on a ~desk - basically, it was a half-lying position with gently bent knees, all supported by pillows or some such.

Edited 2012-08-28 07:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Ergonomics
by matako on Tue 28th Aug 2012 07:49 in reply to "RE: Ergonomics"
matako Member since:
2009-02-13

Hh, interesting... could be! Laptops are indeed very flexible as far as the posture goes.

But personally I find laptop displays just too small and positioned too low (too close to the keyboard). It is a strain. And a laptop with a extremely big display or external monitor is not really a laptop anymore.

Edited 2012-08-28 07:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Ergonomics
by Lennie on Tue 28th Aug 2012 13:53 in reply to "RE: Ergonomics"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I actually have a proper set up chair and desk and never have problems.

Any time I even go near a laptop for a while longer than a quick 10 minutes I already experience discomfort.

So I have some doubts about that, but I do wonder if there is some link.

My guess is, it takes away the biggest advantage that a laptop or tablet or even phone has over a desktop computer. which is: mobility.

Edited 2012-08-28 13:55 UTC

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