2004 - September
Ergonomic soft mouse and armrest mouse pad
by Bhaskar Gupta
In this paper, it is shown that a teddy bear skin spongy mouse is a better option than a conventional plastic mouse design and that a portable arm rest mouse pad platform is far better than the conventional mouse platform placed to the side of the keyboard tray. Both designs help reducing arm abduction and related discomfort, pain, fatigue and soreness. Ten people voluntarily participated in the task and completed a series of psychophysical questions (Borg RPE [Rate of Perceived Exertion] Scale was used to evaluate). Results indicate a much smaller perception of pain and discomfort on palm and wrist with the spongy mouse rather than conventional designs, especially to palmar aponeurosis and ulna muscles. The mouse pad greatly reduced all the pressure points of hand and added comfort on wrist and forearm (e.g. flexor retinaculum (FR) and palmaris longus muscle area).
An alternative proposal for privatization of Pakistan Telecommunication Co
by Muhammad Abd al-Hameed
September 2004How the Government can start receiving immediate cash proceeds from the privatization of its telecommunication monopoly without waiting for a foreign strategic buyer ...
Review of "The mobile connection: The cell phone's impact on society" by Rich Ling, (The Morgan Kaufmann series in interactive technologies), Morgan Kaufman publishers, an imprint of Elsevier, San Francisco
by John Stuckey
Reflecting on the profession: who is the IT professional?
by Su-Ting Yong
September 2004Sure, they can fix a computer or write a software program, but today's IT pros must be well schooled in more than the technology basics. ...
Review of "Community in the digital age" by Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney, Rowman & Littlefield publishers (August 15, 2004)
by Arun Kumar Tripathi
Interfaces for staying in the flow
by Benjamin B. Bederson
September 2004Psychologists have studied "optimal human experience" for many years, often called "being in the flow". Through years of study, the basic characteristics of flow have been identified. ...
An Interview with Ramesh Jain: Refining the search engine
Interviewed by Ubiquity staff
September 2004The vast amount of information on the internet is growing every day -- it's enough to gag a google search. ...