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summary [Jun. 4th, 2004|07:13 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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summary of last few days:

-- wrists/arms hurting again
-- went to seattle for 2 nights, had a lot of meetings
-- rode bike around seattle a bit
-- came back, rode bike around portland
-- bored
-- certain companies pissing me off
-- wrists pissing me off
-- email pissing me off
-- bored
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[User Picture]From: adamkills
2004-06-04 08:10 pm (UTC)
-- certain companies pissing me off

*cough*AOL*cough*
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-06-04 11:36 pm (UTC)
They're the least of my problems. Hey, if they want to fuck over their users, more power to 'em. Fortunately they fixed their problem quick enough. I didn't sweat over that.
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[User Picture]From: endquote
2004-06-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
Meetings? Companies? There is some gossip in there that you're holding back on.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-06-04 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hardly.

5 meetings:

1) bug hardware vendor about umem.com cards and getting drivers
2) negotiating cheaper bandwidth
3) talking to company making a LJ client for cellphones
4) potential sysadmin interview
5) talking to F5 about our requirements/wishes for new BIG-IP

Nothing super secret in there.
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2004-06-04 11:49 pm (UTC)

RSI

wrists/arms hurting again

RSI is serious stuff. Mine basically went from uhoh-will-I-need-surgery (and then-never-type-again) to rarely-even-perceptible. How? I switched from QWERTY to Dvorak. So I recommend that as step one to everyone -- altho everyone's got their own trick. Keep trying things until yours gets better!

By the way, are you coming to OSCon in Portland? It'll be a blast!

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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-06-05 12:25 am (UTC)

Re: RSI

Yeah, I'm speaking at OSCON:
http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2004/view/e_sess/5138

(Which is convenient since I live in Portland)
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2004-06-05 01:06 am (UTC)

Re: RSI

Neato! I'll see you there!

(Note that I may be disguised as either a fern, the Bank of America building, or a programmer/linguist, and may be travelling under my alias "Skeeter D'Homsar". Accept no substitutes.)

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[User Picture]From: cjcollier
2004-06-05 10:19 am (UTC)

Re: RSI

You might have an editor fix this. It's the last sentence of second to last paragraph on the page.

and what been done to make the protocol, server, and memory allocator so fast. and what been done to make the protocol, server, and memory allocator so fast.
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[User Picture]From: chris
2004-06-05 09:32 am (UTC)

Re: RSI

Yeah, I'll second that Dvorak is a huge step in saving your hands
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-06-05 02:43 pm (UTC)

Re: RSI

most of the monster coders i know swear by kinesis contour kbds:

http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/contoured_usb.htm

my wrists were ready to wither after a course on implementing
the interesting parts of UNIX in a semester, but since switching to
this RSI just hasn't been a concern. i hear some uw kids use em so
maybe you've seen them.

truly crazy folks use them AND dvorak AND vi shell keybindings for a
console experience unusable to most everyone. it's sort of like the
driving a stick when all your friends drive automatic i guess.
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[User Picture]From: adamkills
2004-06-05 10:49 am (UTC)

Re: RSI

How long did it take you to get used to Dvorak??
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2004-06-05 05:12 pm (UTC)

Re: RSI

BTW, here's more on learning Dvorak.
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[User Picture]From: queerbychoice
2004-06-05 09:51 pm (UTC)

Re: RSI

Adjusting seat height and distance from keyboard is another big thing to check when you start getting RSI: your elbows should always be bent at a 90-degree angle with your forearms perpendicular to the floor. The huge majority of RSI is caused by bad furniture, even more often than by bad keyboards, so if you get any RSI you should always immediately examine your furniture heights very closely.

And then of course there's always rsi_support for more information.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2004-06-05 12:55 am (UTC)
we don't really think about our wrists, yet ask them to do strange marathonish things for years and years. then one day the accumulation of our ignorant habits and patterns catches up with us. it can be quite frightening but i have been to the brink and back and can tell you what i have learned. particular yoga practices are my biggest find. don't worry but do start re-thinking how you treat your arms and hands and evolving tiny changes of practice that add up over time just as the youthful misuse did.
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From: superfluzie
2004-06-05 10:21 am (UTC)

dude

what's up with the complaints? maybe you are in a lot of pain... what from? anyways, i am sorry to hear that you are hurt...and the bicycling is cool. check ya lata
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[User Picture]From: amayasumi
2004-06-06 01:13 pm (UTC)
um, hi. you don't know me but i found your lj in linux interests.
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