Re: a big why, ergonomics

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From:Robert Schoonhoven <>
To:Pam Marcum <>
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I solved the mouse problem with an RC mouse (radio control), they are
really great!  You can put the mouse any where and any height within 12
feet of the computer.  No cables, no muss and no fuss.

Pam Marcum wrote:
> I switched to an ergonomic keyboard several years ago and it has relieved a
> great deal of stress in my shoulders and hands due to the hand placement.
> It also increased my typing speed after I got used to it.  They feel strange
> in the beginning but great when you realize you are no longer holding your
> shoulders up to your ears to type.  Now if they could only invent a mouse I
> didn't have to chase or place higher on my desk (track ball) to use, I would
> be happy and even more relaxed (HA HA).  Pam Marcum
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gayle Callis []
> Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 8:10 PM
> To:
> Subject: a big why, ergonomics
> I still think the biggest contributor to our ergonomic problems is the
> computer keyboard with help from some other things!
> Have cut for years (millenia??) with rotary microtomes, coverslipped
> thousands of slides, knitted, played the piano, typed on the old and newer
> electric typewriters BUT when the computer keyboard came out the twinges
> and shooting pains were more apparent, old age excluded here!
> Never noticed typists, 20 years ago, with CTS.  Now it is rampant and they
> rarely use a regular (harder action of keys, no wrist resting!) typewriter,
> hmmmmm should that tell us something???? or tell the computer keyboard
> designers, duh!
> Automation (microtomes, cryostats) is wonderful, and it is obvious the
> people using these m'tomes love them, hooray for modernization in our
> profession, keep it coming!
>  One thing for certain, it makes no difference what kind of microtome one
> LEARNS on or uses. The THEORY behind cutting stays the same, and the'tomes
> get progressively better and more efficient, and take little time to learn
> how to operate.
> Off this dang computer! off to automated cryostat------
> Gayle Callis
> Veterinary Molecular Biology
> Montana State University
> Bozeman MT 59717-3610
> 406 994-4705
> 406 994-4303

best regards,
Robert Schoonhoven
Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis
Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
office 919-966-6343
   Lab 919-966-6140
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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you
nothing; it was here first. 
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)

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