On Thursday evening at University College London I went to a talk given by Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple. He was the guy that single-handedly built the Apple I, one of the first, if not the first, personal computers. The rest is history.
The purpose of the event was to promote his new book iWoz – of course I had to buy a copy while I was there but I did get him to sign it so it was worth it. He talked mostly about his childhood and the early days of Apple and why he wanted to be an engineer. It was clear from his talk and from what I have read so far in his book that engineering still remains his passion.
I recorded a short clip of his talk on my mobile phone. I’ll put the clip up later when I have more time.
For the last month or so I have been having real problems with pain in my wrists and forearms. I have had days where I have had to stop typing because it has just been too painful. I have had this problem before but usually it disappears after a few days. It’s strange because I use a Kinesis keyboard. They are supposed to prevent these kind of problems (although I am currently writing this on my laptop keyboard). I am even thinking about buying a vertical keyboard!
I guess it could be because I don’t take enough breaks away from the keyboard. However, yesterday I found an application for Mac OS X that reminds you every so often to take a break from typing. It’s called AntiRSI. It runs in the background and every so often up pops a window telling you to take a break. It gives you a great excuse to go and get a coffee!
David has more information on his site here. His article also includes a link to an application for Windows that works just like AntiRSI called Workrave.