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Comment: Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 280 280

Thanks for the link. I'm not sure if that would help or not.

One of the problems I have with the various, potentially valid ideas people are floating about good chair / table configurations, is that I really don't have the budget to try more than one. So, for example, it's hard for me to drop a few hundred on a chair / table combo, only to find out it didn't work.

Comment: Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 280 280

That's an interesting idea, but I think the problem with a drafting stool is that it pinpoints too much of my body weight on my rear end, rather than distributing it over the entire back of my thighs. That seems to cause problems with sciatica. A decent office chair with a large seat pan seems to be necessary to avoid that problem, at least in my case.

Comment: Need to be adjustable (Score 4, Interesting) 280 280

I worked for one year at a company which offers standing desks. I found them to be pretty nice. It was hard to gauge productivity, because it was also my only time in an open office, so there were lots of other distractions I wasn't used to.

I'm in my early 40's, and I'm starting to run into a variety of back problems from poor posture / poor back muscle tone, as well as carpal tunnel and medial nerve (funny bone) problems from the way I rest my arms on the desk when coding. A standing desk helps with pretty much all of those things, if it can be easily readjusted over the course of the day to accommodate you need to both sit and stand.

The biggest problem is that decent standing desks aren't cheap, and companies treat them like a luxury. I seriously think there's a case for OSHA forcing companies to offer adjustable desks to office workers. Unfortunately, national politics don't currently favor such actions becoming reality.

If I have enough negotiating power, I'll make a standing desk a requirement for any future job I take.

Comment: Productivity (Score 5, Interesting) 383 383

You've somehow managed to originate two insanely useful pieces of software: Linux, and Git.

Do you think there's anything in your work habits, your approach to choosing projects, etc., that have helped you achieve that level of productivity? Or is it just the traditional combination of talent, effort, and luck?

Comment: I stopped trying to know all of C++ (Score 1) 345 345

I started playing with C++ when I when into college in 1991. At one point I probably would have qualified as more or less a C++ expert. Then, as the language grew more and more insanely complex with each revision, I stopped trying to keep up on the whole language.

Nowadays I'm content to just make sure I understand the subset I normally use, read up when I come across a part I don't use, and ignore the rest. For my own programming, at least, the language has simply become too complex to be worth mastering.

Comment: Re:To quote Elliot Spitzer (Score 1) 86 86

Since you started quoting, (as a Greek) i like to quote something a bit older: the (about 2 milleniums old) Latin "verba volant, scripta manent" - roughly translated by me to English as "spoken words fly, written words stay".

It's funny that you're a Greek repeating a Latin quote. Glad to see someone remembers who won in the Battle of Corinth!

Always look over your shoulder because everyone is watching and plotting against you.