Keep yourself healthy with Workrave

workraveIn my current job, I get to the office, start my day by about 730am and then end it by about 545pm. I am on conference calls nearly all day long, or am doing desk work. I very rarely get away from my desk, or get a break. This is one reason why I really like apps like Workrave. Its an RSI preventive app for Windows.

RSI, or repetitive strain injury, is a condition that is serious for workers who constantly have to do the same tasks over and over during the work day. Its easily preventable with an application like Workrave. Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of RSI. The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.

Workrave breaks up your day by helping you implement micropauses, rest breaks and daily limit timers into your work routine. A micropause, is a brief respite or break in activity that lasts several seconds. Micropauses can be scheduled every few minutes or so in order to break up or stop you from continuing the same motions over and over again..

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A rest break is much longer, and is usually scheduled as early as every 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the amount and type of repetitive motion that you are doing. The biggest issue here is that there aren’t any solid setting recommendations, because requirements differ from person to person based on the amount and type of repetitive motion they do.

Workrave surprised me. There’s a bit more to it than I initially thought there would be. If you’re the type that sits at a desk all day long and does the same things all day – typing, filing, coding, etc. – you might want to add Workrave to your PC. RSI injuries can be painful and difficult to heal, as the injury prevents you from doing many simple, needed, everyday tasks. Having something like this at your desk everyday, reminding you to stretch, exercise and get up, can be a huge help in making sure you either don’t get an RSI injury, or help prevent you from getting one again.

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Prevent Windows Update from forcibly rebooting your Computer

Ok, we’ve all met the annoying pop-up dialog of Windows Update telling us to reboot the computer. When? Well, you guessed, when we are most busy, of course!

At the beginning, you can easily close the reminder but after some time he gets tired of reminding us and says that the computer will reboot in a couple of minutes! Well, personally, I prefer to temporarily disable the obnoxious reminder and restart when I’m ready to do so, not forced by the OS!

How we do that? Simple open the Command Prompt (if you have Windows XP: Start > Run > cmd ; if you have Windows Seven or Vista: type ‘cmd’ in your Start > ‘Search programs and files’). Then, type the following command: sc stop wuauserv

This will temporarily disable Windows updates and you can restart the computer when you’re ready to do so. After the restart, you’ll keep getting Windows updates as you did before entering the command so, no worries.

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