There’s a funny expression middle-aged Japanese salarymen use: shiju kata — 40-year shoulder. It refers to the aching shoulders and neck you develop by hunching over a computer.
To that, I’d add Dry Eye; studies show we blink less when computing.
I’ve tried a variety of onscreen timers to remind myself to take breaks, but all were too obtrusive or complex. Then I found AntiRSI, and so far I’m liking it.
This simple program pops up a small, translucent “stretch” reminder every few minutes (I have it set to ten), and a longer “get up and walk around” box every 50 minutes or so. The slick thing is that the stretch reminder (titled Micro Pause) doesn’t let you cheat. If you so much as touch the mouse while it’s counting down your ten-second stretch break, the timer resets.
Any more healthy computing tips?