Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Why You May Need A Monitor Stand

Stiff neck and shoulders? You may need a monitor stand.

A monitor stand (or "monitor riser") could be the cure for your stiff neck.

An incorrectly positioned monitor is only one possible cause, but a stiff or painful neck is a common complaint among computer workers. Are you one of them?

Read on to find out more.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

5 Ways To Prevent Back Pain At Your Desk

Do your neck, shoulders or back ache from a day working at a computer? You are not alone.

Back Pain Affects 1 In 3 PC Workers
Photo: Stephen Depolo, CC-BY 2.0, via Flickr

Computers can be a pain in the neck (and back and shoulders)!

A 2012 study found that a third of computer workers complained of back, neck or shoulder pain. Sadly, it looks like that situation hasn't changed.

Recently, I polled my readers, asking them the top 2 questions they had about RSI and ergonomics at their work desk. The clear "winner" of the survey - and by a significant margin - was this question:

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Important: Newsletters Going Missing

Emails ending up in Spam? Add me to your contact list, so you can continue to receive updates!

Email Newsletter Problems

Thank you to everyone for supporting me and my writing, by subscribing to my email newsletter on Timbo On Tech. In particular, I want to welcome new arrivals, following the recent RSI survey.

It has come to my attention that some emails sent over the bank holiday weekend have gone missing and ended up in the spam folder for several people. I think it's most likely to happen in GMail - thanks also to those who told me!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Announcement And A Favour - New RSI Prevention Training Course

Can you help me out?

I’ve been writing about Ergonomics and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) for some time now and I’d like to ask you a favour…

I’m really close to completing my long awaited Ergonomic Toolbox training course. It's all about how you can prevent Repetitive Strain Injury at your computer desk. I’ll be launching it in the next few days.

But before I do, I have to ask you a couple of questions. Can you help me out?

You can answer the questions here:

CLICK HERE to answer survey.

**Update: the Ergonomic Toolbox course is now live - special discount all this week**
CLICK HERE for course details.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Batman Arkham Knight PS4 Review

Batman Arkham Knight is one of the most hyped games in recent memory. Can it break free of its marketing shackles and deliver the experience we've all been waiting for?

I Am Batman

All photos copyright Rocksteady, via PS4 screen capture
I'm playing Batman Arkham Knight on my Playstation 4 - again (I can't put it down).

I'm standing on a rooftop, high above the city, looking down impassively on a group of rioters as they tear up another shopfront, oblivious to my presence.

Calmly, I check the area for any other opposition and decide the time is ripe to strike. I could bring in the Batmobile now, but there are only about 20 assailants, so this will be easy. I pick out one of the tougher thugs and leap off my perch, setting myself on a trajectory for a long gliding kick, which will send my enemy flying, when it connects.

As I fly towards him, I quickly target 4 of the others, firing a quick explosive blast at one, and throwing my batarangs at the rest. They are all knocked to the ground, just at the moment I land the first blow and I set about the remainder, without hesitation. Some try vainly, to get up, but they don't stay up for long.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

How To Fix "Installing Game Data" Message - Batman Arkham Knight PS4

Trouble accessing sections of Batman Arkham Knight? Getting frustrated with the "installing game data" message? Here's how to get rid of it for good.

I, like many other fans, have been enjoying my copy of Batman Arkham Knight and I'll be posting my review very soon (Edit: the review is now live). In the meantime, some players have reported a strange problem.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Planetside 2 On PS4 Review And First Impressions

Planetside 2 on Playstation 4 is a shooter unlike any other. Do you have what it takes to survive?
Invading an enemy base

To put it another way, can Day Break Games bring enough players on board and retain them, long enough to realise its full potential? 

It's release week of Planetside 2 on the Playstation 4 and an armour column rolls up to an enemy base.

I'm running alongside, occasionally jumping into, or out of, the gun turret of a Sunderer Armoured Personnel Carrier (or "Sundy", for short). As an engineer, I can use my special "repair gun", to fix the vehicles around me and drop ammo supplies for the hundreds of soldiers running about like headless chickens.

Gunfire is constant, explosions light up the sky, futuristic flying machines swoop past, and smoke billows from the charred shell of a nearby tank. Whether it was an enemy or friendly, is of no consequence. I have no idea what's going on, but all that matters is the war.

On another occasion, I'm in a team of 3 medics, lined up behind a mix of light- and heavy-assault troops, plus assorted other classes. They're just above us, up on a ridge, firing down on the defenders. They are falling like flies in a hail of suppression fire, but us medics are reviving and healing them, as fast as they drop. We manage to hold the line and eventually, after half an hour, the base is taken.

Dimly, I'm aware that there is a bigger picture, that someone, somewhere, knows where to attack or defend, in order to take over, or hold, the entire continent. I follow the crowd, as we mop up stragglers in the vicinity, before moving on to the next battle.

All images, copyright Day Break Games, via PS4 screen capture