Working at a Standing Desk

For about a week now, I’ve been trying something new with my desk arrangement, switching from a traditional sit-down affair to standing up.  I think it was probably an article on lifehacker.com that got me thinking about it and since I’m about to move house I’ve been thinking about my office arrangement anyway.

Doing a bit of research I discovered that people reckon that there are a number of benefits of standing at the desk, including: losing weight, better posture, better general fitness, better concentration and better productivity.

So, I’ve been doing this now for about a week with a rather adhoc arrangement.

As soon as I started I felt a bit of de-ja-vu – it reminded me of my mainframe operations days working for the Civil Service.  You cannot believe how physical a computer job can be.  I’ve got some photos buried somewhere.

At the end of the second day I was really struggling, but now I am completely knackered.  Of course what all these people say about the benefits they fail to mention the pain that goes with it. Wimp!

Besides the pain of standing on my feet all day, I have noticed that there are indeed a few positive benefits: I move around a lot; I’m listening to some great funky music; I do actually get more work done; I appreciate slouching in front of the telly in the evening.

I can’t say that I have lost any weight because I’ve not weighed myself for years, so have no clue about where I started anyway.  All I can say is that my belly seems to be about the same size as before, so if I have lost any weight it’s really marginal.

Now that I’ve got my make-shift desk I am considering the next step. I need to find a solution that is a little more comfortable especially with regards to mouse placement and a flat place to write on.  But at least I am finding out the issues before I splash any cash.  I’m actually thinking about building something myself, so who knows what monstrocity that will yield.

 

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My favourite spam comments

Just got this one in my moderation tray:

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It’s rather strange language, perhaps a translation tool was used, or the person who sent it was a real spanner.

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Content Filtering

As more kids get to have their own computers in their rooms, I wonder how many parents actually control what they see.  A very simple way of controlling content is to set up parental controls on the router itself.  The video I have created here takes you through the steps needed to set it up on your own router.  It’s based on the Netgear because that’s what I’ve got, but most routers have the same features – and possibly more.

If you have a different router, then have a look at http://www.routerpasswords.com/ or http://bit.ly/duqAxO for the login information you’ll need.

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