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Monthly Archives: June 2017

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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