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The 5 Steampunk Styled Keyboards from Datamancer

In 2017, sitting in front of a computer screen isn’t as fun and exciting as it used to be anymore, mainly because computers are now used more for work and school purposes, both of which are pretty boring. But there are ways to make it fun, either by getting loads of office gadgets to fill out your cubicle or... get a keyboard from the 19th century. For this article I will focus solely on keyboards that will wake up your inner steampunker: The steampunk-styled keyboards of your Victorian era dreams. From Datamancer.

Keyboards after all, are peripherals partially modeled after those good old typewriters – yes, what a surprise! As time goes on more and more of them try on designs that distance their images from those of their “predecessors” – they have become more slick, more futuristic, more minimalistic than ever to bait Apple fans into buying (I kid, I kid).

To counter that, some companies decided that they should produce products for the customers who turned the other cheeks, because they seemed so pitiful not owning the latest trendy things on the electronics market and not to mention the potential for marketing was quite large. So how does one counter the trend of smartphone-like keyboards? You go retro the hell out of it. Came Datamancer with their fantastic steampunk custom designs.

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The Best High End Ergonomic Chairs for Bad Backs

Many rich people have bad backs after hours of stooping down counting money at their desks, not knowing that there are tools out there that help them have a better time counting. In the same roots as a previous article, here I present to you the best high end ergonomic chairs for bad backs.

On the reals, sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can cause various of problems, and one of them is a bad back. An office worker constantly leans in, stoops down with their head forward due to the nature of his work being closely related to the high usage of peripherals, and that creates a certain kind of negative static posture that increases stress in the back, neck, shoulders etc. They do that every day for a few years and voila, an ouch every time they bend down to pick up the soap.

Slouching over or slouching down while sitting in the chair become a norm for most office workers or those who sit in front of the screen a lot like gamers, however it’s an unconscious act. They can’t help themselves into a correct posture, it’s only a matter of time until the need of leaning forward to see whatever on the screen clearer pops up again. Thus ergonomic chairs are needed.

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The Most Wanted… Computer Trackball Mice of 2017

Based on Amazon’s tracking mechanism, no pun intended, here I delivered to you a list of most wanted… computer trackball mice in the entire universe. According to Amazon users’ POV of the universe, at least.

‘Most wanted’ products do not necessarily mean the best selling ones. This is the case because of the variations of intents of the buyers, some like them cheap, some like them quaint looking, some just let the winds blow them through their credit cards… The take from this is: never trust the hype. Ironic coming from a hype man, I know.

On Amazon’s Most Wished For lists, which this article is based on, the items are compiled via a very simple formula: products that are the most often added to Wishlists and Registries daily. This can sometimes even include great new products on the market that are pre-ordered like crazy from fans slash customers, for example Apple products or in the ergonomic categories, a Herman Miller. This creates a very unique look on the situation of the market itself, through this one can estimate the level of interest for each product and how the tables are turning everyday. The same applies for trackballs.

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World War II and A Brief History of Ergonomics

You’ve all heard about ergonomic chairs, ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, ergonomic peripherals – the word ergonomic itself has become somewhat a gimmick, to imply that certain tools, or to be more precise, certain office tools (which is where most of the ergonomic-[insert product] market focuses on these days) are to be placed on a whole separate category compared to their counterparts. However that isn’t always the case. Ergonomics is actually everywhere in our day-to-day life, most of us have just accepted that norm and hidden the word itself. In this article I will explain the misconceptions about ergonomics as well as the history behind it.

What is Ergonomics?

In my previous article I’ve mentioned plenty about it, but in the off chance that my article has not gone viral and reached your eyes, I will re-introduce the definition again.

Ergonomics comes from two Greek words ERGOS (work) and NOMOS (natural law). Loosely translated, it means the rules of work. Essentially, it is the science of integrating efficiency, comfort and safety to create a better workspace – designing the job to fit the worker, rather than forcing the worker to fit the job, which would ruin work efficiency as well as risk overspending for training and insurance covers. It emphasis the physical relationship between people and tools, ensure the proper use of computer and alleviate injuries – however that’s not the end all be all as most people like to think. Ergonomic principles can be applied to any task that puts your body to work, from doing your household chores to the daily routines of your job, and parts in relation to computers are just extensions.

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Ergonomic Products – The Good, the Bad and the Stylish

When one thinks of ergonomic products, the average person doesn’t think of actual ergonomic products and what benefits they provide – they look at the grotesque, curious, uncomfortable looking tools that should not and need not be designed to appear the way they do. It’s similar to placebo effect, you let expectations place strong holds upon your experience of a certain something and get disappointed afterwards. And sure, it’s not easy to distinguish good and bad ergonomic products or the stylistic ones from each other, as overpopulated a market as this. However, you can still selectively point out the tops, bottoms and unique ones of the bunch, as in most categories.

First of all, one needs to know what ergonomics is and what exactly an ergonomic contains. Unless you’ve been living under a rock and not read my hard-worked pointless discourses, you’d not realize that I’ve never once defined the term Ergonomics in all of it’s glory.

Let’s start with deciphering the word by breaking it down. Many English words are combinations of 2 or 3 or more, and this is not a rarity. The word ergonomics comes from two Greek words: Ergo stands for work and Nomos stands for laws. The two combining into the literal meaning of work laws. This is not necessarily work laws as in corporate laws or office rules, not exactly. The “laws” here is used loosely, to be used also in phrases like “nature’s laws” the same way it will be used here. It refers to how a working environment should look like.

In essence, ergonomics is the process of designing or fitting a workplace to the user’s needs, as it aims to produce and increase efficiency and reduce discomfort of the products and systems put in place so that they fit the people who use them more. In short, it’s a science focused on the study of human fit, and decreased fatigue and discomfort through product design. A product designer who want ergonomics applied into their objects must take into consideration how the products they design fit the people that are using them. No matter the environment, a good product increased comfort, productivity and ease off stress off of it’s users.

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3 Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Wrist Pain

Alas, an article about keyboards, the tools that guarantee your hourly journeys’ safety to the Internet, a place of wonders and memes. Also they guarantee that the potentiality of getting fired from your office job is significantly reduced, as long as you type really fast when your boss is looking. However, as all things, excessive usage maketh bad things, and if you use keyboards too much there’s high chance something bad comes from it. I’m talking about how the average keyboards aren’t designed so that you can get comfortable typing on it – in fact, your form while typing most likely is very awkward, and specifically harmful to your wrists. On that note, ergonomic keyboards came to being as a knight in shining armors… depends on the style of the prototype, of course.

Computer keyboards have come a long way, they took the forms of typewriters and change themselves so as to fit with contemporary needs. There are many types of keyboards, with different quirks to them, in contrast to the misconception that all keyboards are alike. Some prefer their keyboard to have easier access to certain keys (personalized or industrial gaming keyboards), some prefer it to be wireless, some want it to have a wide range of multimedia applications, which is a properties many integrated laptop keyboards have etc. Each one of them has their own unique thing, however, there’s one thing most are similar in: they are not specifically designed to give you a better time typing.

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5 Best Accessories to Convert Your Desk Into a Standing Desk

Hello, fellow 2017-ers! Alright, that’s it for the welcome. Now, straight to business, after thousands of words of ramblings and well-disguised rants from a certain very handsome Japanese person, I’m still not too sure that standing desks are really on people’s mind yet. So, it turns out good looks is not enough...

...Well, that also mainly because not many have had the pleasure to read my articles yet, but, alas, that’s besides the point, since indeed working while standing is still a relatively new concept to home office workers or white collar workers in general. Adding to that, what can one man really do but keep on putting out propagandistic blocks of text to inform you about the good effects of products that he deems of great importance to an average human’s health consistency and work efficiency? Albeit, this article takes a more unusual route. In essence, a short guide to help you maximize ergonomics as a standing desk owner or a soon-to-be one, and in that way, help you realize the benefits of it all.

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How to Optimize Your Studio Apartment Living Space – Getting the Right Furniture

If you come here and are intending to actually read what’s below, congratulations, your 2017 version of new year’s solution is either getting rich enough to have a larger place to live for yourself or make full use of the tiny cubicle you’re holed up in, which is usually referred to fancily as studio apartments, or studio flats for Her Majesty the Queen’s servants. Or people, I don’t know.

First thing first, before falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, you need to understand this: a studio apartment is a small apartment, but not all small apartments are studio apartments. A small apartment can just be a single apartment, a type of low-end living quarter similar to the aforementioned studios.

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10 Best Adjustable Standing Desks and Workstations

As previously pointed out in my first article “10 Best Ergonomic Chairs for Neck Pain”, sitting on your butts for long periods of time invites significant health issues, especially if you’re sitting on a bad chair. However, switching chairs isn’t gonna solve all your problems, no matter how nice that new chair is and how ergonomically potent it may be. At the end of the day, you’re just sitting way too much, racing against deadlines and forgetting the fact that stretching out your legs or standing up, moving around every few hours of work are actually pretty necessary things in order to preserve both a good spine alignment, posture and a healthy body. That’s where standing desks come in.

Standing desks are basically like what it says on the tin, they are desks designed to give you a place to rest your wrists while standing, to let your work with the utmost flexibility to stand and move around freely. Sounds good huh? However, they aren’t all magic, some are definitely better than others and some are presumably worse, and even if they do meet the requirements of quality and functionality, they still have to pass the final eye test. Not all desks are created equal, and even more so when we get to specific subcategories like standing desks.

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9 Cool and Useful Gadgets to Keep In Your Office

To the tens of thousands of subscribers that I gained last month (*cough*) for Think Home Office with my one and only article so far “10 Best Ergonomic Chairs for Neck Pain”, here’s a little something else to refresh the place a bit. And your office, obviously.

From smart pens to exercise pedals, I will give you some brief overall introductions to 9 gadgets, items and tools that I consider to be cool and useful enough to have in your battle against bad Mondays, your boss’ animalistic noises and against having an android-like aching body that longs for tickets out of repetition. Your magic wands.

These gadgets, they are not judged by their looks, or designs - although some of them are pretty unique in those aspects - but rather implementability, how handy and useful they are in fulfilling the needs most of us serial seaters didn’t know we had. In other words, the ergonomics of it all. Some of them you already know about, some you don’t, but let’s dig in nonetheless, because afterall, what’s the point of coming here without having a look?

I’m just kidding. Please don’t troll my site.

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