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MacBreakZ - Your Personal Ergonomic Assistant

Designer, gentleman, and Vice-President of my Personal Board of Directors™, Doug Bowman, recently told me about this cool OSX app for reminding yourself to take frequent breaks.

MacBreakZ is a personal ergonomic assistant that monitors our keyboard and mouse use and helps us structure our computer use in a healthy and constructive manner, thus preventing computer-related injuries from developing.

I’ve long suspected that I will eventually have a hunch and a couple glass eyes from my execrable ergonomic habits, and this seems like a smart solution for reminding myself what my brain often neglects: sometimes it’s nice to stand up and walk around.

Apparently, you can even set it to lock up your box until you’ve successfully completed your break. Might be a bit much for most folks, but I’ll bet it’s a sure way to save your eyes and wrists from some hard mileage.

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I've used something like this...

I've used something like this on my computer systems for the last 8 years, since I got tendinitus in my forearms. In all I've tried nearly a dozen apps, on Mac OS, OS X, and Windows. For Mac OS X, I prefer an application called AntiRSI, http://ozy.student.utwente.nl/projects/antirsi/.

It has a beautiful Aqua interface, and does the nice status fade in/out for its break notifications, etc. Very Mac OS X, unlike any of the others I tried, and it is just fascist enough to force me to take my breaks like a good boy...




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