Category Archives: Web Matters

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Finding the Comfortable Position

WorkstationIt is an endless pursuit finding that right position to feel comfortable if you spend hours working on the web. Additionally, working with a 24″ or 30″ monitor just doesn’t help. I shuffle, suffer back pain and my shoulders curve in as I strain my eyes – I just move closer and closer to the screen only to find myself in sitting with horrible posture. Sometimes I wonder about putting seat belts on while working on the computer….just to restrain myself and to remind myself to straighten up.

The best thing to do is make all the correct dimensions of your work
station conform to your physique and don’t let anyone change them. Align everything up! Use this ergonomic guide to make a work station that fits you.

Chairs can be awesome!! I would prefer something like the chairs shown here, except that it reminds me of being in a dentist’s chair…and I’m not fond of those chairs!

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You need to start FOSSING

Firefox in sand

Above: Group of Firefox (FF) fanatics sculpt a huge FF logo (watch the video)

FOSSING = FREE OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE – community developed.

This will be the first of many many post on FOSS. Once you taste the freedom of free software you will no doubt join the millions of fanatics who have given up on paying licensing fees and using proprietary software. Do not be surprised when you download your first FOSS program and see for your self just how good some of them are, just how comparable they are to proprietary software. You will start kicking your self when you think of all the money you could have saved.

FOSS means Free Open Source Software – the source code of the software is open for developers to use and enhance. It opens up a whole new world of innovations

OK, for a start you can very quickly download Firefox and discover the Web through the Internet browser which will replace I.E. Yes, over 400 million downloads. Lots of FF add-ons and even one for Ebay. All were developed by a community of dedicated volunteers through Mozilla.org and they’re 100% free.

MORE AND MORE FOSS posts to come, as we will cover Openoffice.org, Inkscape, Gimp, VLC, Live Operating System CDs (LiveDistro), Ubuntu, Fedora, PDF creators and lots more…