Monday, August 10, 2009

New Mouse

In my continuing war with RSI I have invested in a new mouse and mat.

My old mat, although slated to be optically compatible, didn't seem to be.

They are certainly comfortable to use and come with this sticker - the sort that always amuses one angle the hand is placed so

and then when tipped a little more horizontally shows how the hand should be placed around the mouse.

I bought the mouse on Saturday, and not really used it much yet. From the reviews on Amazon people seem to be highly delighted with it ...or not. I shall see. I am trying to keep to my laptop and its touch pad at the moment to see if that improves things.


Blogger Al said...

Hope the mouse helps, RSI is miserable. Good luck!

Mon Aug 10, 10:00:00 am  
Blogger cromercrox said...

I don't think that's a mouse. It's a kind of weird one-eyed alien. It looked at me right out of the photo. Wooooh.

Mon Aug 10, 01:42:00 pm  
Blogger Susanna said...

gurl...I thought a flying saucer had landed!

Mon Aug 10, 03:20:00 pm  
Blogger Jud said...

That is certainly an odd looking gadget, Clare. I do hope it eases your pain.

Mon Aug 10, 03:35:00 pm  
Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

It looks cool but only time will tell. I used to use a trackball with my laptop but what I found after some time using it is that it gives you different pains. I'm back to an old mouse with it at the moment.

What I have done with my office PC is dig out an old keyboard with extra buttons, specifically 'cut', 'copy' and 'paste' which I can use with my left hand. It took a bit of time to get used to it but it can really speed up editing. All I needed was a USB adapter.

Mon Aug 10, 04:04:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Al.

Cromercrox, Susangalique, Jud - it didn't occur to me how weird this thing looked until you said...

Yes, Jim - that's exactly what I've found too. It was the shoulder before and then the back and now the elbow...and now the wrist is murmuring a little in sympathy. I guess humans evolved to throw spears, pick berries and forage around for juicy worms rather than sit for hours in front of the screen. How I long the olden days...not:-)

But that is a brilliant idea with the old keyboard! Thank you.

Tue Aug 11, 09:07:00 pm  
Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

RSI has existed for years, but in the old days most typists (as they were then called) were female and nobody cared. It was when the newspapers (after union smashing etc) went over to journalists (many more men) and editors direct inputting - then the fuss and publicity all started!
Agreed that humans have not evolved quick enough for all this sort of thing (typing, blogging) - eyes included. But there are lots of ergonomic things you can do, eg have a wrist rest in front of your keyboard, ergonmic "pen" (instead of mouse) etc. Quite a few people at work have these tools as they spend all their working days doing screen functions of various kinds. By law, firms in Europe have to provide ergonimic assessments when someone is new to a workstation or at certain intervals thereafter. I am sure you can get such consultations privately, and if you spend a great deal of time typing, computing, reading on screen etc, it would be worth looking into this, because each person is different and a professional assessment is probably better than a load of people like me suggesting bright ideas that might not actually be suitable. (Things like chair height, or indeed the chair you use, are highly significant factors in various regional bits of RSI.)

Wed Aug 12, 02:04:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Maxine, that's a good idea about the assessment. I have been given a sheet about this from a physiotherapist, but much better to get someone in to assess things...

Thu Aug 13, 08:31:00 am  

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