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Computer Health

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With so many of us spending hours on end at our computers these days, it’s no wonder we have body pains and health issues. Here are some excellent tips to help you stay in better “computer health”.

  • Beware the strain of working 8-hour days. Eye strain, soreness, visual fatigue and headaches can all result from a computer screen set at an uncomfortable height or angle. You can avoid these 21st century work-related hazards simply by adjusting the position of your screen. When sitting comfortably and looking at the screen, your eyes should ‘land’ at the top of it. If they don’t, you’re likely to experience eye related difficulties later on. You may find it easier to re-position your chair, rather than the computer. Arrange the screen at 90 degrees to your desk, to minimize reflections from ceiling lights and/or high windows. Take regular breaks. Fatigue and stress aren’t helped by the bright light given off by computer screens. Spend at least 5 minutes every hour doing non-computer work. This will rest your eyes.
  • Stretching your ankles could ease chronic back pain. Shortened Achilles tendons can cause chronic back pain. They prevent you from walking well, putting stress on your spine. Here’s how to relax and strengthen your tendons, reducing the risk to your back. Stand 60-90cm away from a wall, facing it. Lean towards the wall, putting palms flat against it with both feet on the ground. Move one foot half the distance to the wall. Keep your other leg straight at the knee, with your heel flat on the floor. Now, bend the forward knee and both arms slowly and rhythmically. The back heel must be kept on the floor and the tail tucked in at all times. Continue for 20 seconds. Relax. Change legs and repeat ten times.
  • Avoid backache by sitting properly at your desk. Keep your feet firmly on the floor when working. Dangling legs affect your circulation, create bad posture and lead to backache.
  • Avoid computer-related hand and wrist injuries. Do this simple exercise every morning before work. Hold your arms out straight in front of you. Lift up your hands at 90 degrees, and spread your fingers. Hold for five seconds, lower, and relax. Then clench your fists, and lower your wrists at 90 degrees. Hold for five seconds, straighten, and relax. Repeat ten times, and repeat at lunchtime, just before starting work for the afternoon.
  • How leaning on a wall beats back strain and injury. This great daily exercise only takes a few minutes. It helps re-align the muscles in your back, to help undo the strains of everyday life. Stand with your back against a wall, with your feet 14-20cm (5-8 inches) away from the skirting board. Now try to flatten the small of your back against the wall, by pulling in your stomach muscles. Do not bend your knees. Hold this position for five seconds, then relax and repeat five times. Keep breathing regularly and evenly throughout.

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Men Vitamins for Manly Males

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Ponzi just brought in this little pill organizer and plopped it on my desk. You know the kind, there’s seven little compartments marked with the days of the week. I opened it, and thought the woman was trying to kill me with pills! What are all these?

OK, so apparently these are all vitamins! Does the woman think I’m sick or something? What’s that? Oh. She’s trying to keep me from getting sick. Fine, fine ok. Let’s see what we have here.

Hmm. So I have a B Complex vitamin AND a B12 one? What’s the deal with that? Oh, it maintains healthy cells and stuff. Well, I suppose I want my cells to be healthy and stuff.

Let’s see, there’s also some Omega-3, which is the EFA fatty acid one. That’s the one that benefits the heart of healthy people, people at high risk of cardiovascular disease and patients with cardiovascular disease. Yeah, I guess I want my heart to stay healthy. I’ll take that one too, then.

Ohhh. Here’s one that is good for your eyes, and another one that helps metabolism. Wait. Is she saying my metabolism is slow, and I’m getting fat? There’s also a really ugly green one, that Ponzi claims replaces stuff in my body, since I refuse to eat lettuce and green beans and such. I mean really. If God wanted me to eat green things, he would have put them on this Earth. *innocent look*

OH! There’s one that cleans out arteries. Well hell. My arteries are fine! I LIKE the plaque in them. I want some scientist to come out and admit that all the big hoopla scare over clogged arteries was just a bunch of bunk. My arteries love the plaque! They tell me every day.

So seriously, do I NEED all these vitamins? Ah heck, Ponzi heard that. Great. Someone get me a glass of water….

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Marc Orchant had a Heart Attack

Reposted with permission from blognation.us (which seems to be down at the moment, likely due to the amount of traffic flooding into the site):

At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office. At this time Marc is in critical condition at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Critical Cardiac Care Unit, Bed 3. He is not expected to regain consciousness for the next 24 to 48 hours.

I was notified by Marc’s wife, Sue and asked to help notify Marc’s colleagues, friends and other business associates. Marc was scheduled to go to Seattle, WA as well as Ojai, CA this coming week. Obviously he will not be able to attend either event. Those of you that have association with either of Marc’s scheduled appearances at these locations, please notify those that require notice of this turn of events.

According to Sue Orchant, Marc was up early Sunday morning as is his normal custom. Sue told me that he was working in his office from about 7:30 AM until 8:10 when Sue says she heard a strange noise in Marc’s office. When she went to investigate she saw that Marc was not sitting in front of the computer like he normally does and was slumped over between his desk and a small couch that is in the room.

Initially, Sue said, she though he was leaning over doing something to their Golder Retriever but then she realized that he was not conscious. Fortunately, Sue has basic medical knowledge and after verifying that Marc was not choking and had a clear airway she began to perform CPR while their son, Jason, called paramedics.

The ambulance arrived in less than 10 minutes and technicians immediately took over performing CPR and administered treatment with a cardiac defibrillator. Marc was rushed into emergency open heart surgery where an angioplasty was performed to restore circulation in the blocked artery.

Sue went on to tell me that in spite of Marc’s apparent good health, he has severe occlusion in both his other arteries and they too will require treatment soon. That, however is a secondary concern as is the condition of Marc’s heart muscle. The primary concern and the question that cannot be answered until Marc regains consciousness is the nature or extent of any neurological damage as a result of insufficient oxygen reaching Marc’s brain.

While Marc still had what appeared to be normal color when Sue found him she is uncertain as to the exact time that Marc suffered the infarction. It is also unknown if Marc had stopped breathing or been without oxygen for any length of time prior to her discovery of the situation.

Currently Marc’s immediate family as well as his brothers and parents are in or on their way to Albuquerque to be with Marc. Sue has asked me to keep Marc’s colleagues and friends in the technology community updated as information becomes available. Please do not contact Sue for updates. I will publish any information that I have in multiple venues to keep people informed of any changes in Marc’s condition.

For those of you that wish to send flowers, cards, or other gifts, Marc is at:

Presbyterian Hospital
Cardiac Care Unit Bed #3
1100 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

I called the hospital switchboard operator and connected with the CCU – confirming that they are indeed receiving gifts on Marc’s behalf (keeping them at the nearby nurse’s station rather than delivering them to the room at this time).

Marc and I have known each other through the years – and people aren’t kidding when they say he’s one of the the nicest geeks around. Our Tablet PC and Outlook arguments left us with never a dull moment. He finally made it to Gnomedex this year, having blogged about it:

How I got there is a long story – the short version is I made reservations while working full-time for a startup software company on the West Coast and by the time I got to Seattle last week I was engaged in working with a decidedly different, established, and successful software company based on the East coast. One of the big goals in attending Gnomedex 7, as it turned out, was to share with a number of my blogging buddies and software industry friends what I’m engaged in doing these days.

Office Laser Printers can be Unhealthy for You


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Wirelesspacket shared with us some research he has come across, regarding Laser printers possibly causing health problems.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

According to several studies, Laser printers can cause health problems. Certain laser printers used in offices and homes release tiny particles of toner-like material into the air that people can inhale deep into lungs where they may pose a health hazard.

Most of the printer-generated particles detected were ultrafine, and such contaminants are easily inhaled into the smallest passageways of the lungs where they could pose ‘a significant health threat.’ Previous studies have focused on emissions of volatile organic compounds, ozone, and toner particles from office printers and copiers. However, the research left broad gaps in scientific understanding of particle emissions and airborne concentrations of particles.

To keep yourself safe, make sure your printer is not right next to you on your desk, and always work in a room with plenty of ventilation.

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Trust Nobody, Trust Everybody

Everybody knows that cigarettes are safe! In fact, the health industry has come out in support of cigarettes several times over. Why would doctors (themselves) smoke if they were bad for you? The conspiracy theory has been debunked already, and you are doing the world a disservice by perpetuating the hoax that cigarettes aren’t good for you. If they caused health problems, don’t you think they would have been banned by now? Really, you should stick to what you know – and leave the doctors to think about your health.

Professional articles have been written, experts have given their unbiased testimonies, and people still want to believe that cigarettes are bad…

Watch your logic, folks. Fifty years from now, I’m guessing that we’ll look at today’s truths as yesterday’s fallacies.

Pirillo's Picks for 03/01/2007

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Dude. That’s awesome!

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I Made the 25 Worst Web Sites List

PC World has published a list of The 25 Worst Web Sites. Weighing in at #25, Rentmychest.com:

Look up the word hunk in any dictionary, and you will not find a picture of a bare-chested Chris Pirillo, the guy behind download sites such as lockergnome.com. But you used to be able to find several such pictures at this site, where the pasty, paunchy Pirillo auctioned off messages, written on his chest with magic marker, for $20 a pop. These days the marker-based messages are gone, replaced by a single background image that I wish I hadn’t seen and a bunch of linked keywords. Believe it or not, the keywords are actually more expensive, starting at $200. Look, Chris may know his downloads, but please, somebody buy this man a gym membership.

I get the last laugh, though. My chest rentals have generated over $5,000 in revenue so far – which is likely a little more than you’ve made from your own torso. 😉

50 Weight Loss Tips

I lost 30 pounds in three months. If you wanted to know how I did it, and how I intend on maintaining my current weight, then these 50 weight loss tips are for you. I’m not an expert, but I do speak from experience. If it helps you attain your own weight loss goals, then I’m happy to have helped (if only to serve as a reinforcement of knowledge you already possess). Most of this, I learned on my own or through close friends and family members. Feel free to add your own tips to this list, too!

If you want even more help, I now have an PDF eBook series available, which includes an ebook version of the diet and weight loss tips that follow. Be sure to download my weight loss ebook before you scoot away! Having these tips on your hard drive or your iPhone will serve as a regular reminder of how to maintain your personal health.

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