Well, I’m glad to say Edward’s much better again after his tummy bug. Thanks to everyone who commented to say they hoped he got better soon! He’s back to his normal full-of-energy self again, busy wearing us out…
Anyway, I suppose I should tell you about some computer-y things as well…
If you have a desktop PC, do you hunch over to look at the screen?
One of the things I’ve always been keen on at work is making sure everyone’s computer set-up is just right for them. I’ve known too many people affected by RSI.
It’s less likely you’ll get RSI using a PC at home, as you don’t tend to use it as intensely. But still, it makes sense to make sure it’s set up so using it will leave you feeling comfortable.
One of the problems I have using some PCs is that I’m quite tall. The top of the monitor should be roughly around the level of your eyes, and for me, it’s generally quite a bit lower. I usually resort to putting the monitor on a stack of books, but it takes up a lot of desk space, isn’t very easy to adjust and looks pretty scruffy!
So I’ve recently got an adjustable monitor stand. You can get ones that are like the stand on a normal monitor, but slide up and down. But I’ve gone for one that clamps on the edge of the desk, then you can move the monitor up and down and also move it forwards and backwards on an arm that it’s mounted on.
It’s made it much more comfortable for me at work – much better on my back. (Plus my desk’s a bit tidier without the pile of books.)
Something to think about if you ever find you’ve got aches and pains after using your PC.
(By the way, even if you have a laptop, if you use it for a long amount of time it can be worth plugging in a separate mouse and maybe keyboard – much more comfy)
Windows 10 – one version isn’t enough for Microsoft
We still don’t have a definite date for when Windows 10 will be out. But then, even after Microsoft announce it, I still won’t be 100% convinced it’s absolutely definite, based on previous experiences…
But it’s likely to be around the end of July. And Microsoft have now announced the different versions of Windows 10 that’ll be coming out.
It’s fairly straightforward. Leaving aside versions for mobile phones and gaming machines, the version you’re likely to have on a home PC is just called Windows 10 Home. Makes sense.
And at work you might have Windows 10 Pro (more designed for small businesses or freelancers) or Windows 10 Enterprise (for big corporations). The way all three work is much the same but there are some differences in how they deal with networks of more than one PC. After all, at home you probably only have one or maybe two PCs. But a big corporation might have hundreds or even thousands, all networked together.
Tablet Help is at Hand
Don’t forget to watch out for an email at midday (UK time) today, Monday.
The brand new, hot off the press book solves the niggling problems that can come up on iPads, Nexuses, Kindle Fires and other Android tablets.
It takes a lot of the frustration out of using one.
Anyway, full information at midday – I’d better go and makes sure everything’s ready!