* Posts by Andrew Scaife

10 posts • joined 2 Jun 2008

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

Andrew Scaife

Contour Rollermouse FTW

Because the cursor movement is by your fingertips resting on a horizontal roller you move without moving your arms, and use with either both hands or whichever is your dominant. So you position a compact keyboard like a Bakker Elkhuizen toward the monitor(s) with the Rollermouse nearer you (and get the one with the deep wrist rest or you'll need to add one), and you move your hands forward and back just enough to use either device.

No, I don't work for them, but my employer kindly paid for me to have a workplace assessment when lateral epicondylitis threatened my work capability, and this is the solution they provided. It worked for me (Yay! No more pain!), and when I retire in a few years Contour will get my money for a personal purchase, not Logitech, although I'll always have a soft spot for them.

Andrew Scaife


You certainly DO notice when your thumb tendons start to swell. That's what ended my love of my Trackman Marble and the next model I replaced it with. Three steroid injections into my thumb joint gave short-term relief. The fourth steroid injection into my thumb joint by a consultant, plus the hospital-moulded thumb spica splint cured my De Quervain's tenosynovitis, thankfully. Changing from arm movements of a mouse to thumb movements don't stop the wear and tear on your body, they just refocus it onto your thumb. I can recommend the Contour Rollermouse devices though: once you get used to rolling the equivalent of a pencil in the pen rest of an old-fashioned wooden desk, you can stop the pain of De Quervain's and the lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

Andrew Scaife

Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Oh yes you do. Middle of mine is 0O, easy to see the difference here...

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them

Andrew Scaife

No sale

Hmm. I currently have a VIA Mini ITX shoebox running Lubuntu from a USB stick as a printer server, and it locks up often enough that it's proctalgic, but this isn't selling me on replacing it. The Canonical link? Well, it's...a Canon laser printer. I'll get my coat.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

Andrew Scaife

Re: oneplus is great

This+100. This also goes for laptops too. Lenovo do a charge limiting thing but guess what, Windows. I only ever dual boot into the Windows partition to run that, and it must be doing something in the BIOS as it survives rebooting into Kubuntu. Thanks for the AccuBattery tip.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

Andrew Scaife

Re: Lenovo will also upstream device drivers into the Linux kernel....

Phew, dodged that bullet with my old Flex2-14 and current G580. Now if they would just release the code that sets charge thresholds so Linux users could stop charging to 100% all the time that would be nice.

Not so G.fast: Hybrid fibre 'under review' as Openreach remembers it's all about FTTP now

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...on the market. In York we have the option of TalkTalk's UFO fttp in many areas for £27.50 a month for 24 months, and that's 'advertised' as over 900 Mb. Makes 330 Mb look poor. Mind you, all the pavements look poor after TalkTalk's groundworks have trenched all along them, looks like a big black slug trail everywhere. And have I switched? No, because TalkTalk! I expect BT, I beg your pardon, OpenReach will suddenly upgrade the area to fttp if UFO starts seriously affecting their market share.

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Andrew Scaife

Six terabytes! Six terabytes! Not tarantula bites!

Portuguese open sourcers decry MS-only gov eProcurement

Andrew Scaife
Paris Hilton

Kneel before your anthropomorphic deity

Don't you know? The PC as we know it sprang fully-formed from the brow of William Gates! There were no personal computers BW (before Windows)! Funny how I remember using Wordstar and DBase, let alone administrating Unix servers. I can also recall the "massive" retraining required for users when migrating to Windows. Oh no, that's right, it wasn't massive, and nothing like the confusion reigning as a result of the introduction of Orifice 2007.

Typical tosh from the duty MS troll.

Paris because...(the rest of this statement is left as an exercise for the reader)

Spanish chanteuse strips for anti-bullfighting campaign

Andrew Scaife

¿A Quién le Importa? 8)

Any excuse, Lester...interesting to see the Spanish question their national sport like this, Zapatero is having some effect on the country. The skin might be Photoshopped but the "pechos" are genuine, from a quick check of her videos.

Now find an excuse for a pic of Mónica Naranjo, more my idea of guapa...


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