Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mac OS X Break Programs Review

Like I wrote in a previous post, the use of a break program was probably the main reason I beat Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). For many years I used WorkPace, but when I switched to using a Macbook Pro a couple of months ago, I had to find a replacement, since WorkPace isn’t avialable for the Mac.

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Favorite Programming Quotes

Here are a few programming quotes I like:

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.”
John Gall

“Enlightened trial and error outperforms the planning of flawless intellects.”
David Kelley

“It’s OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn’t need to figure out code. You should be able to read it.”
Steve McConnell

And two quotes from the Agile Manifesto:

“Working software is the primary measure of progress.”

“Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.”

How I Beat Repetitive Stress Injury

Early in 2005 the muscles in my forearms started to hurt. In the beginning it was only a slight irritation, but over the course of about six months it gradually got worse, until it was so bad I actually thought I would have to switch careers  and stop programming altogether. I realized fairly quickly that I had RSI – Repetitive Stress Injury. Fortunately, through a combination of actions, I managed to get rid of the pain, and I am now completely recovered.

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