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Comment MUMPS, ancient and rarely used (Score 5, Interesting) 166

I have a doctor friend who, before becoming a doctor, was a CS grad. He's in his 50's now. When I told him we hired someone from Epic Systems that knew MUMPS, he exclaimed, "They still use that?! MUMPS was going out of style back when I was an undergrad!"

I believe it is also still used in older banking/financial tools.

Comment Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 340

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 ...

Me as well, but I've found regular exercise does more to help the back issues than the sit-stand desk. At work I have an Uplift Desk and I usually start the day standing, but usually sit for 30 minutes for every hour of standing. I have my computer call out the time every half hour so I remember to switch positions.

We've had a few on-site training sessions at my office, and I've given up my chair for the day because it has been crowded. The desk is comfortable enough to stand (changing heights from low-stand to high-stand-and-lean-on) all day, but I think I'd have to work up to standing full-time.

Comment Re:Will this expedite product requests? (Score 1) 107

I'm still waiting for a Leonard Nimoy Futurama head-in-a-jar with Real Torgo Eating action. Maybe they already sold it.

Like all other cool things on ThinkGeek, it is sold out and will never return, no matter how many addresses you sign up for the "Notify me when in stock" list.

Comment Re:GeekDesk! (Score 1) 348

This is why I got my department to buy me a GeekDesk a couple of years ago.

We've been using Kangaroo desks. We went to them after trying out a few Ergotron sit-stand desks that were just too flimsy.

We've got about a dozen now and there have been nothing but positive reports including a few that have lost weight (not a controlled study). The best tool we've found for making sure the desk gets used is to have your PC read off the time every half-hour as a reminder to switch. I don't have one of the desks, but I use the half our reminder to get up and move around if I haven't recently.

Comment Re:I live in Montgomery County, MD... (Score 1) 784

My wife and I and our kids were just talking about TFA this morning. The reaction that I got from my kids (8 and 10) was something like "huh?". We live just a few doors from a park where all the neighborhood kids play together, unsupervised, when the weather is nice.

I was raised in Montgomery County, back in the 80's. I remember it was quite a change from where I had lived in California because none of the yards in Maryland had fences. During summer, we'd walk or bike to friend's houses or to the junior high to play basketball. We probably had a range of 5 miles, with the only direction "Be back by dinner."

I can't believe this is the same place I used to live.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.