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Should you regularly replace your pillow?

According to an article in the Guardian: Out of 2,200 men and women, only 18% knew they should replace their pillows every two years. The average person uses the same pillow for three years and ...
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Does a kneeling chair reduce back pain?

Kneeling chairs are thought to be good for some back problems: The kneeling chair is meant to reduce lower back strain by dividing the burden of the weight between the knees and the buttocks. ...
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What is the best way to sit while having food?

I have read various claims regarding the best position to eat: sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, etc. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating: Eating while sitting on ...
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Does the DVORAK keyboard layout reduce the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I am a programmer and have been for over 20 years and I am starting to feel the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I have always used the QWERTY style keyboard though I have often heard that the ...
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Are Vertical key layouts more ergonomic?

One of the feature that kinesis advertises for their Kinesis Advantage Pro Contoured Keyboard is: Vertical key layout - keys are arranged in vertical columns to reflect natural motions of your ...
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Does working at a standing desk consume more calories than sitting?

src I've heard conflicting claims: Site that claims it maks a crap load of difference Site that claims it doesn't make a shred of difference What does science say? You may find this question ...
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Does Emacs cause “Emacs pinky”?

From http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_pinky.html: Emacs makes frequent use of the Control key. On a conventional keyboard, the Control Key is at the lower left corner of the keyboard, usually not ...
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Does the Retina Display cause less eyestrain than other screens?

Many ask whether the Mac Retina display is worth it. At the Apple store, a 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina costs $2,199 (base) vs. $1,799 for the non-Retina 15" Macbook Pro, and $1,199 for the ...
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Is using a standing desk for several hours healthier than sitting at a desk all day?

Is working at a standing desk more healthy than working at a regular sitting desk? Source: Crackberry Blog Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits ...
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Do exercise/balance ball chairs improve posture?

I have read claims that sitting in a balance ball chair (aka exercise ball chair) will improve your posture. Is this true? The Balance Ball Chair is designed to keep your posture properly aligned ...
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Are ergonomic keyboards better for your health?

Popular consensus seems to be that ergonomic keyboards (with the middle split or curve) are better for your physical health than standard keyboards, and reduce the likelihood of carpel tunnel syndrome ...
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Are light-on-dark colour schemes for computer screens better for programmers?

There is somewhat general scientific agreement that in general case for reading, dark text on light background is more readable than light on dark. However, most studies have shown that dark ...
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Is it preferable to use a computer in a darkened room?

In his latest blog post, Jeff Atwood states: We computer geeks like it dark. Really dark. Ideally, we'd be in a cave. A cave … with an internet connection. The one thing that we can't abide ...
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Are PC-based players generally superior to console-based players in first-person shooters?

I have heard that the reason that the XBox live games cannot be played with friends on Windows machines is that when MS tried it out, the keyboard-based players were so dominant that Microsoft decided ...
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Do bigger or more monitors increase productivity?

There is a ton of anecdotal evidence that adding more screen estate (more or larger monitors) leads to an increase in productivity, especially for programmers. For example, where I work, all ...