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All the homeowner chores I have to do on Sundays often make me thankful for the non-physicality aspect of writing code.
For instance, on today's agenda is getting on the roof to remove pine-straw, which the mrs. expects me to keep for the flowerbeds. The worst part is cleaning the gutters. I hate being on ladders...or even on a roof for that matter. Funny, it never seemed to bother me when I was younger, now it's almost like vertigo sets in >= 6 ft. up! Oh well, time to get to it! Hope the rest of you aren't working to hard today!
btw, the chore above is for a rental house...I've already spent this morning working around the main house.
At least be grateful that you can still get onto a roof. My days of roof work are over. I have a permanent form of ataxia with some vertigo that means I have to walk with a cane to help me stay balanced. Yuck! Growing old really sucks!
I've had flicker screen on my laptop since I updated to Win10. My i7, 8GB /w touchscreen, toshiba originally came with Win8.1 and I had ran it for 6 mos with no problems.
After updating to Win10, I began having screen flicker problems that have gotten so bad that my screen would go entirely black for 30 sec. - 1 minute before coming back.
It's gotten better over time and worse. I've tried installing various drivers, etc.
At some point I noticed if I moved my laptop screen the problem would seem to fix itself.
Then I noticed that if I touched the screen it would seem to fix the problem.
This same flicker problem has been reported on Microsoft Surface devices (also touchscreen devices).
Then it hit me today --- "is there a way to disable the touch screen and would that help?"
It seems to have solved the problem so far. I will update and let you know if I see the problem any more.
Maybe this will help someone else too.
We will see what happens.
I am seriously happy because I've just returned to my laptop after being away from it (lunch break) for over an hour. The problem has always manifested after the screen goes to sleep and then I awaken it, however, as I just unlocked the screen I had zero flicker.
Yes, I no longer have touchscreen ability on my laptop but I never use it anyways, so I've lost nothing...except the terrible flicker.
Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute have created an eerie viral video titled "Slaughterbots" that depicts a future in which humans develop small, hand-sized drones that are programmed to identify and eliminate designated targets.
«While I complain of being able to see only a shadow of the past, I may be insensitive to reality as it is now, since I'm not at a stage of development where I'm capable of seeing it.» Claude Levi-Strauss (Tristes Tropiques, 1955)
Of course I'll go to the doctor this next week, but meanwhile...
I got a brand new Sail chair from Herman Miller.
Yesterday I saw the table at the office was a little bit inclined to the right... And now, after a couple of months sitting on the new chair I've discovered my back is aching terribly in the low end left side.
As most of the people here are sitting everyday and I guess I'm not the first one to get this kind of ache...
What would you recommend me to soften that ache a little?
I have found two things to help -
(1) Going for a walk at lunch
(2) Having two tennis balls handy, lying on the ground on top of the tennis balls in the spots that ache and spending around three minutes doing the equivalent of what dogs do when they roll in something. It hurts but I have found it is the one thing that fixes my back the fastest. If I catch the ache early I find the tennis ball method can fix my back that day.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Sounds like the chair was wrong for you.
We're all different, there is no chair that works for everyone.
See if you can get another one.
Take a look at the link from CHill, the knee rolls does it for me. Whenever my back feels "wrong" I do the knee rolls, hear and feel a klick. and usually everything is ok within a day. If I don't I'm looking forward to a lumbago and/or a week or two of back pain.
For me the problem actually was my old car, I had back problems every month when it was at the worst. When I changed my car to a different brand, my problems more or less vanished within half a year.
Swimming, especially crawl is a good movement to prevent/ease back/spine problems ... and also (I am not joking ...) run up the stairs using feet and arms, like a cat or dog ... (it is a real advice I got once from my physician), but I prefer swimming as it is less "unusual" ... I imagine the faces om my neighbours - is he drunk or what ...
also - manual therapy can help, and of course painkillers are not good at all ...
As others said sitting too much is a problem,
but it's slightly more than that, sitting too still is the aggravating factor.
Same as staring at the screen too long without looking around much: stiff neck,
keeping legs crossed for long periods, sore knees
Our muscles are not designed for staying in one place, all muscles need to relax and tension - helps the fresh blood flow in, helps the crap flow out. Even when we sleep our unconscious brain moves us around.
When I was a young lazy (and overweight) nerd I'd almost always have back pain often weeks at a time, these days pretty much none (except standing still too long will get me (for me will resolve fast with a brief sit or squat).
getting up and walking about is a good start - anything less is just bad.
Exercise warm-ups/downs (even without the exercise) is better,
with real cardio exercise at least a few times a week best.
tai chi also works really well. (Wont comment on yoga, never tried it.)
Something else also not mentioned by others, all of the above will do as much for your mind as it does for your body, it's a fact, your brain benefits from breaks too. Not joking, try it and tell me I'm wrong - you wont.
This once young lazy and fat nerd:
Today I always slouch when I sit, sitting on a 3 legged stool I'll slouch, even more when watching videos at home - so slouched my ass is beyond the end of the chair, my neck bent forward by the back of the chair, and often my feet are up above my head and the screen (on cupboards around the PC) ... unlike my younger self I don't get sore at all.
1. I rarely sit still more than 30 minutes, even if it's just to go and pour a cup of coffee, after which I'll return back to that same slouched position
2. regular high intensity cardio, at least 5 hours a week including a minimum 30 minutes per session continuously 90 - 95% max HR - only danger to that: if I don't drink enough plain water during exercise sometimes later get cramps that bring tears to my eyes. (Sports drinks no difference or possibly worse - but don't bother with them, they're a waste of money bogus crap anyway - but that's another topic for the SB.)
Do not switch off your computer.
The question is: can we educate the nerds of open-source?
So imagine this: You are working with a 3rd party who maintain an open-source system for your common customer... You have some code that talks to the API... The 3rd party upgrades the open-source project... everything fail apart in the most disturbing way...
The reason: The open-source API got new features... The new features are added with total overlooking of the old... No default values for new parameters... No API versioning... Nothing...
The cause: A lot of (sometimes too much) people with change-rights without the minimal understanding of the consequences of their actions... Granted - they write spectacular code (most of them), but they lack the minimal education to understand what public API is... Most of the time they not even understand why it is wrong what they have done, after all - it is open-source, so change it as you like!!!
And that's what holds back Linux to take over Windows...
Skipper: We'll fix it. Alex: Fix it? How you gonna fix this? Skipper: Grit, spit and a whole lotta duct tape.
There are such open source projects, I can only recommend, stay away from them for commercial projects "that matter".
Many open source systems offer support licenses (open source does NOT mean "free to use" - don't forget that!) where you:
* Pay for the right to use it commercial
* Have a direct support line (<- who you're gonna call?)
* Get assistance even on code level if required
Teluu (pjsip) is a good example for that. This is a kind of open source that should be supported. Some anonymous garage projects are nothing I'd tinker with.