Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Avoiding computer-related health problems

If you work on a computer for more than an hour a day, you need to be careful about mainly three things - your eyes, your hands and your back.

Health risk: Computer vision syndrome. The most common symptoms are: eye fatigue, dry eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision, headaches.

* Position your monitor so there is no glare in your eyes — either direct, or reflected in the computer screen
* Adjust the screen brightness, contrast and colour to comfortable levels
* Rest your eyes every 30 minutes
* Refocus your eyes occasionally by looking at a distant object
* The distance from your eyes to the monitor should be 18 to 30 inches
* The top of the screen should be slightly below eye level
* Use an anti-glare screen
* When staring at a computer, people blink less frequently — about five times less than normal, according to studies. Look away often to induce blinking, or close your eyes briefly from time to time

Hands and wrists
Health risk: Repetitive stress syndrome. The common symptoms are tightness, discomfort, stiffness, soreness or burning in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, or elbows; tingling, coldness, or numbness in the hands; clumsy or awkward hands.

* Your keyboard should be at or slightly below elbow height (90 to 110 degrees)
* Your elbows should be close to your body, with your forearms relaxed
* Your wrists should not be extended, flexed or bent to either side
* Tilt your keyboard so that the front of the keyboard is higher than the back. Most keyboards have tiny pullout stands that help you do this
* Use the keyboard lightly. Don’t hammer it
* Use two hands to perform double-key operations like Ctrl-C or Alt-F
* Keep your mouse near and at the same level as your keyboard
* Avoid holding your mouse tightly and for prolonged periods
* Most important — don’t indulge in computer games that require long periods of intense keyboard or mouse activity

Back and shoulders
Health risk: Back and shoulder pain

* Choose a comfortable chair that provides back support. Rather than an upright position, recline at a 100- or 110-degree angle. Adjust the lumbar support so it conforms to the curve in the small of your back
* Keep your head and neck as straight as possible
* Avoid overreaching
* Chair arms should be used only if they do not obstruct your sitting position and posture
* Position your monitor, keyboard and chair in a straight line
* Your shoulder and neck muscles should be relaxed. Your upper arms should hang comfortably at your sides
* Your thighs should be parallel to the floor

More tips

* Break-up activities that require repetition
* Use a document holder to view documents and keep the holder near your monitor
* Your work surface should be large enough to accommodate computer equipment and work materials
* Keep frequently used items within easy reach
* Do not cradle your phone between your shoulder and chin. Use a headset if you use the phone and computer at the same time often
* Maintain a comfortable temperature in your work area

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Apache Configuration

Key files in apache
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start/stop/restart file
/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf Apache configuration file
/var/log/httpd Error and Access log files

Setting of multiple aliases in an apache server.

Code from the httpd.conf file

# Aliases: Add here as many aliases as you need (with no limit). The format is
# Alias fakename realname
# Note that if you include a trailing / on fakename then the server will
# require it to be present in the URL. So "/icons" isn't aliased in this
# example, only "/icons/". If the fakename is slash-terminated, then the
# realname must also be slash terminated, and if the fakename omits the
# trailing slash, the realname must also omit it.
# We include the /icons/ alias for FancyIndexed directory listings. If you
# do not use FancyIndexing, you may comment this out.
# destination Actual directory in system(this line is added by narendra)
Alias /icons/ "/var/www/icons/"

Options Indexes MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Note: If you put slash after destination than you have to put a slash after actual directory path also.

How to remove following error in postgres

# ERROR: language "plpgsql" does not exist

Solution: Issue the following command on console (command interpreter):

$ createlang plpgsql

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