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Maybe you can use something like an USB powered hand warmer. Although, I would try to solve the underlying problem. Cold fingers usually mean bad circulation there. Do you smoke? Perhaps you should move your chair or change your keyboard so that your blood flow is not restricted?


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I had similar problems a while ago and as many have pointed out, this is a circulation issue. The simple solution is: sport. About a year ago, I started running regularly to recover from a surgery. Not only did it improve my well-being in general, but it also solved the cold hands issue and the blackouts when standing up. You don't have to do much, but a ...


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I'd suggest that you don't use your pinky at all - press the outer command keys using the base of your small finger on the relevant hand (the edge of your palm, essentially), this works well for Ctrl and Ctrl+Shift combos. This method doesn't require moving your hand much and doesn't require any finger gymnastics. I guess it might need a little bit of ...


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Using autohotkey, remap your capslock key as your third control key; the script will go something like this-- ; capslock into control key SetCapsLockState, AlwaysOff Capslock:: Send {Control Down} Sleep 500 Send {Control Up} Return


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UltraMon Among other things: Handles monitor configuration (primary, secondary, etc.). Key-mapping for moving windows between monitors (this is my favorite). Saves window locations. Gives you taskbars on all monitors. Screensaver, background, & desktop icon management Its license allows you to use it on any computer(s) you own (work, home, etc.). ...


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Pushups, just one or two every 15 minutes, if you can do it without your coworkers thinking you're mad. Otherwise, tighten your abs while you work. This will heat up your whole body, including your fingers.


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It sounds like RSI. Google suggests to do the following: Breaks should be taken every 30-45 minutes for at least 5 minutes. If you need assistance there are free downloadable timers that will help remind you to do so. Stretch your arms, hands, neck, and back during breaks. This yoga site demonstrates some exercises. Other sites are listed below. ...


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Actually, the rule of thumb is to align your eyes (straight ahead) to about 3/4 up the height of viewable area of the screen. That is, about 1/4 of the screen is above eye-level, the rest is below and this should apply to any reasonable screen size. Beyond that rule of thumb, the bottom of the screen should not be more than 60 degrees below the straight ...


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I taught myself to be ambidextrous with a mouse (ambi-mouse-trous?). That way I can give one arm a rest for a while. I also use a book or two to elevate my forearm to keep a straight line through forearm-wrist-hand. Don't rest your wrists on the desk. If you must, then get some gel-filled wrist pads for both keyboard and mouse. Edit: I also have some ...


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I've already recommended DisplayFusion today.


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When it gets cold in my office (cheap building with leaky walls and windows) I wear knitted fingerless gloves. A bit awkward, and the tips of my fingers still get cold, but they do help a lot.


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One app to try f.lux™ Better lighting...for your computer it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Available for XP/Vista/7, OSX and linux


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Check out Workrave. Free? Check. Has sheep? Check. Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and ...


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This page which turned up on a search for "ideal distance from computer monitor" states: viewing distance - the monitor should be at a comfortable horizontal distance for viewing, which usually is around an arms length (sit back in your chair and raise your arm and your fingers should touch the screen). At this distance you should be able to see the ...


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Gunnar Optiks have gotten positive reviews. An optometrist explains to Ars Technica why these are not just hype or placebo effect: The tints are pretty standard in the optical community. The advantages stated are all true... they haven't reinvented the wheel, so to speak," she explains. The amber tint is going to increase contrast when ...


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There are two kinds of LCD screens: glossy and matte. The wikipedia articles have quite a bit of detail and comparison points. Primarily, glossy displays have better color rendering and better contrast, but are only usable under controlled lightning and can be near-invisible in direct or even reflected sunlight. Matte displays are usable in natural light, ...


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Somewhat controversially, Throw it in a dishwasher! Pro + Howto: Scott Mochella Against: NPR Anecdotally: Worked great for me, but make sure you let it sit for a day or two to let it dry completely. Water doesn't hurt electronics, water hurts electronics that have power to them. Otherwise, yes, pop the keys off and wash/clean those. It's a long ...


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I use to have issues with my wrists and forarm. My main issues were with my mouse forarm, wrist and pinky finger. Replaced my mouse and keyboard to the following and it went away in a few weeks and I haven't had really any issues in almost 2 years. Mouse: Evoluent VerticalMouse Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Erognomic Keyboard 4000 You get use to the mouse ...


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Workrave. Cross-platform, simple, wonderful.


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In addition to @joshhunt's suggestions, review your mouse and keyboard setup. Ideally, you want your keyboard positioned so that you wrists aren't bent. A good ergonomic keyboard will help. (And despite not being a fan of Microsoft software, their ergonomic keyboards are pretty good, although their mice suck for lefties) Learn keyboard shortcuts. You'd ...


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Are these things supposed to run in bright environments only are are my eyes just sensitive? Nah. You just have sensitive eyes or the factory default settings were too bright. You did well, and as expected, by changing the settings to something more to your liking. Incidentally, you may also have got an equipment that had been previously on ...


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Get up and walk around every half hour to hour. That also helps improve circulation, increases blood flow, and wakes you up too. If there is a stairway, go up and down one flight of stairs on your walk.


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keep your monitor clean keep an extra light source ON near or further from the computer (i.e. desk lamp) - they go for the light and heat and if that doesn't work, close the window (the regular one) No wallpaper changing or anything like that helps ... they're not "looking" at the screen.


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You might find this a funny answer But seriously. Get a good seating position. (not an expensive chair) Most important in the whole ergonomics of a desk job is regular movement(don't be a zombie but change your position) For the rest, all ergonomics are standard things that have been said before everywhere. And pretty much everybody knows in the back of ...


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For Windows? Windows Task Scheduler can run any program you like, so pick something (a music player, for example, or a JPG viewer showing a JPG that says "Take a break!") and schedule it to start whenever you want to take breaks. For Linux, a cron or at script can do the same thing. All free with your operating system of choice.


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Maybe drink tea of coffee, the warm mug can help you to keep your fingers alive..


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The right answer is to ask a doctor. I've found using the Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 in combination with the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (that others have mentioned) help a lot to reduce pain. My doctor recommended to me that I do more weight training in general (but no pushups, as they strain the wrists), to build more ...


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Using a Powerball is a good exercise to train your wrist muscles, so that they can endure more. Off course, the gadgets named in the other answers like: ergonomical mouse pads, great for reducing the strain on your wrist ergonomical shaped mouses, great for altering your position, but if you use those just as long as your normal mouse, you strain ...



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