[ILUG] Any advice for RSI?
mark.dennehy at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 01:21:30 GMT 2010
I had the same problem about twelve years ago after typing on a sun4 plank
of a keyboard for a few months. In my case I was fortunate - I changed
keyboards, the problem went away and never returned. I switched over to the
Kinesis keyboard rather than the microsoft natural (I tried that one to no
effect, in fact I found it harder to use). I wrote it all up (warts and
Hope it helps...
On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM, Brendan Kehoe <brendan at zen.org> wrote:
> Hi Rory,
> I too was diagnosed with RSI now about 15 years ago. Big helps: go to a
> professional who can diagnose this properly (get a referral); learn the
> Dvorak keyboard layout---you'll type for longer with drastically less
> pain, even if it takes a few weeks to get back to the speed you like;
> force yourself with a whip to take regular typing breaks (while
> frustrating, finding yourself unable to work only halfway thru the day,
> and seeing long-term effects, are much harder); put the screen directly
> in front of you, no angles; never rest your wrists or arms on anything,
> ever, particularly while actively moving for the keyboard or the mouse.
> I switched to using Microsoft Natural Keyboards and now a MS Wireless
> Comfort Keyboard, and definitely find them much more comfortable. (But
> after getting it, learn Dvorak.) As much as I'm all
> free-software-advocacy, their ergonomic keyboard layout is the most
> useful I've discovered so far.
> I will sometimes rest wrists/forarms with ice wrapped in a cloth if
> they're really stiff or hurt a lot. Any keyboard shortcuts you find
> yourself using a lot have to go. e.g., before I finally stopped using
> emacs for 99% of everything I did, I took the first step in making sure
> it was impossible for me to use key sequences I did a *lot*, using this
> bit in my .emacs:
> ; I hit C-x f instead of C-x C-f a lot .. since I don't want it to
> reset the
> ; fill column (what C-x f does), do this:
> (global-unset-key "\C-xf")
> (global-unset-key "\e[")
> ; force the use of the File->Exit pulldown choice.
> (and window-system
> ;; set things up to not be able to use the more common control keys
> ;; cuz left-handed control is too painful.
> (mapcar (function (lambda (binding)
> (global-set-key (car binding) 'keyboard-quit)))
> ;("\C-d") ; fsf-emacs 21.1 maps Del key to C-d
> When used under X, this made sure I had to use buttons and pull-down
> menus instead of typing stuff (like C-x-everything). I've since stopped
> coding in emacs usually because I was still finding ways around them.
> (e.g., Since C-x C-f was out, I got into the habit of doing C-x 4 C-f to
> still get to do it, even though this was against the original idea)
> Hope this helps,
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