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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by D from BC, Aug 30, 2007.

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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    This guy used a car chair for his computer set up:
    "Then I realized that the most comfortable chair I sit in each day is
    my car. If you think about it, it's specifically designed to minimize
    fatigue and allow people to sit comfortably for hours."

    My LCD monitors are on a skinny \_/ shaped bench with only room for
    the monitor stands. Clutterfree.
    I mounted a mouse table on my armrest.. Was funny to let go of my
    wireless mouse and watch it slide off onto the floor :)

    Someday I'll be constructing a tube frame to suspend the monitors.
    Got inspired by the hovercraft computer workstation in the Matrix

    Anybody have some interesting custom computer station set ups?
    D from BC
  2. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    ...Jim Thompson
  3. I would think a Q45 seat is a little more than $100 ;)

  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Be careful. When hocking yourself on I5 for 7 hours to go to L.A. you
    barely move, except for popping in a new CD. Very different with PC work.

    I spared no expense on office chairs here. Only the good stuff,
    orthopedic grade etc. They were north of $500 each but also seem to last
    forever. The model in the lab is a "knee swing" type, no back rest,
    forces me to sit upright. It really cuts down on the backpain episodes.
  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I imagine... it moves every conceivable way, including a back support.
    It also has air ducting to cool your derriere ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  6. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I have to wonder about the need to be upright for computer work..
    Maybe it's just to keep people awake and looking busy? :)

    I was at the dentist in a very comfy dental chair and watched tv on
    the ceiling.
    This is probably the most relaxing position for the back.
    What's stopping this from becoming a computer workstation?
    Laying back and looking skyward at the monitors and keyboarding off
    the lap should be ok..

    D from BC
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I am not an orthopedist but when laying down the back muscles are not
    excercised. Then when you have to schlepp that 40lbs bag of dog food
    into the house there ain't no muscles to write home about and the spine
    has to sustain it all. One wrong move -> OUCH!

    At least that's how I understand it. Now that I live by it the back pain
    is less serious.
  8. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    You mean this thing:

    Maybe it's just me but the first time I saw that thing, it scared me.
    Looks like some S&M torture device you tie someone to and get whipped

    This looks better :)
    D from BC
  9. Awake anyway. I like my Aeron. Also it should be cool. The CCOHS says
    that 21°C (70°F) is optimum for mental work (have to deal with people
    b*tching about feeling cold if it falls much below 25°C though..)
    Last time I got my hair cut in China there were 40" plasma TV channels
    mounted in the ceiling (playing music videos) for you to watch while
    they washed your hair and massaged your scalp.
    Whatever happened to those kneeling chairs from the eighties(?) ?

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  10. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I'm sitting, ahm, kneeling on one right here in the lab. But it's a
    professional version, adjustable, >2" steel pipe, a lot sturdier than
    the one in D's photo. You can barely lift it.
  11. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Noooo wayyy! :p
    Somebody actually using one of those chairs???

    Now you're all set for a dominatrix in tight leather to start whipping
    you on that chair :)
    She says "You've been a naughty designer!" whitsstt! (whip sound)

    Still ..probably better than a barkolounger for computer work.

    D from BC

  12. I used a spare bucket seat from a '66 GTO as a computer chair, till a
    spring broke and cut my thigh. It was bolted to a wood base made from
    2" * 8" lumber set on edge to get the right height, and was raised at
    the rear to tilt slightly, to the right position. A set of heavy rubber
    casters let it move around.

    The computer desk was a solid oak butcher block dining room table
    with a plywood cabinet that had adjustable shelves. It had two computer
    monitors, a small color TV, a 'C band' sat receiver, and an old Harmon
    Kardon 330B stereo receiver.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida

  13. Do you want the last thing you ever see to be that TV falling on you?

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida

  14. OTOH, some people have to lay down a few hours every afternoon
    because of swelling in their legs. I am building a cart to hold a
    monitor, keyboard and mouse on an arm, like a hospital bed table so I
    can work, instead of staring at the ceiling. When I first get up from
    the hospital bed is when I do anything that requires physical activity.
    After the swelling returns I have less sense of balance and more pain.

    I am waiting for the mail. It is the end of the month, and the new
    medication still hasn't arrived. I was told to stop using the prescribed
    pain killer because it cause more swelling, and the replacement STILL
    hasn't shown up. I hope that my last VA doctor loses her license to
    practice medicine. My pension check is due, too, but if I had to chose,
    I would rather get my prescriptions and refills. There are days that I
    would willingly let them take both of my legs, and left arm.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  15. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yep, and it actually helps my back.

    I am sometimes a naughty designer, for example when using digital chips
    for not so digital purposes. Or transistors for logic circuits. But no
    domina here ;-)

  16. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Looks like I might be visiting the scrap yard to sit in a bunch of
    cars to find out which ones have the most comfy seats for computer
    work :)
    D from BC
  17. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    It's healthier on the back to recline, like the "recumbent" bikes
    and stuff. My chair back is tilted almost 45 degrees, and the seat
    is uphill from my butt to my knees (so I don't slide off. ;-) )

    But I've never had any "serious" back problems - got a crick avery
    now and then, but I've schlepped a 100 lb. bag of corn from the
    car to the deer feeder in the back yard - what I did was stand
    the bag up on the lip of the trunk, back up to it, put my hands
    under it, and lean over a little and carry it like a backpack -
    essentially all of the weight wsa centered over my legs.

    Once, when I was about 17, I carried a 100 lb. bag of flour up
    a flight of steps, the hard way, i.e., holding it in my hands in
    front of me. I was much stupider back then. ;-)

  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Nah - they're surprisingly comfortable, if you like being perfectly
    vertical with little or no effort. :)
    Personally, I vote "B" here. ;-) The keyboard and display are
    no problem, but how do you operate the mouse? Use one of those
    3-D glove things? ;-)

  19. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    If you're referring to the fun idea of converting this chair to a
    computer workstation..

    Perhaps a mouse table would be placed in a comfy spot.. Probably near
    the hip.

    It's possible an inclined mouse table might be more comfy....
    This could be attached to the chair.

    I use an inclined mouse table...but that's because it's attached to my
    office chair which is reclined to about 30 degrees.
    D from BC
  20. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Huge difference. On a recumbent bike your body is always in motion and
    working, including the back. Blood circulation galore. When looking for
    a bug in a huge set of Gerbers there is no movement to speak of. Except
    for the lips, when an expletive slips out.

    Yeah, at 17 we felt invicible. My masterpiece was roaring down a hill on
    a sled. Saw a huge hump that looked like the perfect ramp. Took it. Of
    course. Up in the air, yeehaw! Followed by a looong sail. On landing,
    kacrunch, the sled disintegrated underneath my butt. I came rolling down
    the hill in what must have looked like an exploding lumberyard. Ouch!
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