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Eye Health and Computer-Based Work: Tips to Keep Your Eyes Safe

Eye health is an important aspect of computer-based jobs, but unfortunately most people only take measures to treat eye-related problems, rather than preventing them. Whether you work at home on the computer or at an office, you’re at risk for eye strain and other issues. Keep reading to get valuable information on preventing these problems before they start.

9 Tips to Prevent Eye Strain:

   1) Adjust the position and height of your monitor so that overhead and outdoor lighting don’t interfere with the image on your screen by causing glare and reflections.

   2) Remember to blink more often! When we stare at screens we tend to blink less often, causing dryness, itching, and redness of the eyes.

   3) Take frequent breaks away from your computer or other device. For every 30 minutes you spend in front of a monitor, spend 1 minute away from it. Rest your eyes by looking away and focusing on something on the other side of the room.

   4) The top level of your monitor should be just below eye level. This will ensure your neck won’t have bend much in order for you to read conveniently.  

   5) If possible, use an anti-glare screen that minimizes or prevents reflections altogether.

   6) Adjust the color display of your monitor to moderate to high wavelength which is much easier for your eyes to process and look at for extended periods of time.

   7) See your ophthalmologist for regular annual eye examinations. Notify your doctor of how many hours you spend in front of a computer. Your doctor might prescribe special computer eyewear.

   8) Exercise your eyes. You can sharpen your ability to focus by doing a little exercise. Look at the farthest object in the room for 15 seconds and then at an object in close proximity (no farther than 30 cm away).

   9) Invest in good equipment! If you have an old monitor or laptop that flickers, flashes, or is getting dim, you’re forcing your eyes to do more work than they should.

Eye health is valuable. Make sure you are implementing the best practices at work to prevent eyestrain and other eye-related conditions.

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Eye Health and Computer-Based Work: Tips to Keep Your Eyes Safe

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Can Wikipedia Be Considered A Respectable Academic Source?

Elizabeth Farquhar

The first line of Wikipedia’s own article on citations says it all: “As with any source, especially one of unknown authorship, you should be wary and independently verify the accuracy of Wikipedia information if possible.” Students, researchers, and anyone else looking for information on a topic have the responsibility to make sure they’re using the latest resources possible. Because Wikipedia is generally updated much more quickly than printed resources, you’ll probably be better off starting your search for information with the Wikipedia entry on the topic. But that’s not where you should stop, if you plan on using the information you find in a research paper you need to hand in to your science teacher, or the article you’d like to get published in an academic journal. Make sure you follow the links back to the source of that information, so that you can read what the original author wrote. There are several reasons to do this:

You’ll find more details, especially when it comes to facts and figures. The internet may be infinite, but few researchers have the time to duplicate every word and image from a 10-page article on insomnia in fruit flies into a corresponding Wikipedia entry. However, a link to that article can easily take you from the entry to the original publication, where you’ll see exactly what those researchers were working on.

You’ll find information you didn’t even know you were looking for. Even if you didn’t know about eReflect’s educational software, you’ll be directed to the company’s Wikipedia page where you can get information on speed reading, touch typing techniques, spelling tutor programs, or English vocabulary improvement.

You’ll get a new perspective and new ideas from knowledgeable people around the world. There are so many people contributing to Wikipedia that the amount of information is only limited by the time they have to add their pieces to the global research network.

You’ll be able to cite the original reference material in your own work. Many educational institutions, professional associations, and academic organizations will not allow you to list Wikipedia as a primary information source.

It’s not that Wikipedia isn’t a respectable academic source, but the editors of this worldwide reference tool remind people that it is just a source: the place where you can find links to more expanded information from the original authors, whose works you can confidently cite in your article, term paper, dissertation, or Wikipedia entry of your own.

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Joel Runyon Faces The Possible In This Impossible Interview With Ultimate Typing Team

Alden Tan

INTRODUCTION: When you have the attitude that nothing is impossible, the possibilities are endless. Whether you dream of learning a new language, bungee-jumping in Australia, starting your own business, or just making the most of every day, you’ll get inspiration from blogger and master of the impossible, Joel Runyon. We asked him about some of the things that have inspired and challenged him.

UT: What made you start looking at things in terms of turning “impossible” into “done it!” in your life?

I was sitting at home in my parents basement & spending a lot of time “wishing” my life was different.

There was a lot of stuff out there that I wanted to do – but it all seemed impossible.

I felt sorry for myself a lot, but then decided to flip the script & instead of looking at impossible like something that told me I couldn’t do something – I could try and see it as a challenge to do it anyways.

UT: You encourage people to make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen. This sounds simple, but what’s one of the biggest issues that people have with actually doing this?

Getting the balls to actually do it.

UT: Your own “Impossible List” has some impressive accomplishments, and they’ve taken you all around the world. When did you come up with this list?

I’ve added to it over time. Originally it was “run a triathlon” – simply bcause it was something that I was interested in doing. 

Every time I’ve done something & crossed it off the list, I’ve wondered – what else can I do that I might consider impossible but might not actually be if I really tried.

UT: If someone wants to create their own “Impossible List” should they concentrate on the big items? Is something like “increase my typing speed to 125wpm” too mundane and non-inspiring?

I think it’s really helpful to start a blog to help keep you accountable. Typing is a good goal, but most of my goals tend to be physical or have some physical component to it. I think tying these things to physical, real world accomplishments – whether it’s trying a new diet, running a marathon or just doing something you haven’t done before – is not only physically empowering, but mentally empowering as well.

UT: In one of your blog posts you mention that you have a habit of overworking – going without sleep, not doing your normal exercise routines – when you’re feeling under pressure to accomplish something. What do you advise people to do when they’re starting to do the same thing?

I’m not sure I understand the question.

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The Resolution That Made Davis Nguyen Of Click With Anyone UNIQUE

Davis Nguyen


You’ve probably seen the Facebook posts that pop up regularly asking this question: If you could have dinner with any three people, past or present, who would they be? For blogger and Yale graduate Davis Nguyen, it’s not just three people – it’s more than fifty. Over the past several months he’s made contact with dozens of people who have inspired him. Will his story inspire you?

UT: Most people make resolutions like “lose 10 pounds” or “learn Spanish” but we’ll admit that this is the first time we’ve heard of anyone making the resolution to connect with one of their personal role models each week over the course of a year. Where did you get this idea?

Jim Rohn has this quote about how the people you choose to spend your time with will affect your own personal success. He says you are the average of the five people you choose to spend your time with. I knew was true both in my personal life as well as in my professional life.

When I first came to college I was 38 pounds heavier. My lifestyle included drinking only soda and eating fried foods at least 3 times a week; I didn’t even know how to do a proper push up. But once I started college, I was surrounded by people for whom eating healthy and exercising every day were regular parts of their lives. Without much thought, I started drinking more water and cutting out soda, going to the gym regularly, and reducing how much fried foods I ate. Within a year I lost 22 pounds.

Professionally, I saw the power of being influenced by others during my time working at Quiet when I was in college. The summer before my senior year, I worked and lived with Quiet’s CEO, Paul, a successful entrepreneur and former executive at JPMorgan. Spending more than 16 hours a day with Paul for 12 weeks, I adopted many of his habits and mannerisms such as using money to make your life easier not harder. As Paul would say, money is a great servant but terrible master. By the end of my summer, I was a better person both professionally and personally.

Starting this challenge was a way for me to continue what I had with Paul and my friends who made healthy living part of my life. I wanted to continue spending time the people who would help me become the person I want to be.

UT: Have you had any face-to-face conversations with many of the people you’re contacting, or is this all done on the internet?

My goal is always to meet face-to-face. The internet is convenient, but you lose a lot of the personal touch when you are only communicating behind a keyboard. What mostly begins online, I figure out a way to meet my role models in person when I can.

For example, about a year ago, a friend of mine put me in touch with another person named Dr. Davis Nguyen (if you Google our name he outranks me). Dr. Davis Nguyen is based on Los Angeles on the west coast while I was at the time based on New Haven on the east coast. We figured out over email that we both often had business in New York so the next time Dr. Nguyen was in New York I made a day trip to New York and the two of us had lunch. Over lunch we talked about our family’s journey from Vietnam to the United States, why our parents named us Davis, and why he chose to go into the medical field. We could have had this same conversation over Skype or even email, but being there in person even if only for an hour created a bond that does not exist when two people are not physically next to each other.

So with everyone I reach out to, I figure a way how I can meet them in person.

UT: How much time do you spend on the keyboard each week for this project? Are you a good typist?

This is the first time anyone has ever asked me this. I spend a good amount of time on my keyboard for this project. Between researching background information on the person I want to connect with and crafting emails, I spend a few hours each day on my keyboard which adds up to a lot of time each week. I would say I am a decent typist.

UT: You make regular updates to your blog to document all of your clicks and contacts while offering advice to people who want to learn how to connect to people. Are you planning on writing a book about this challenging experience?

One of my dreams is to publish a #1 NYT bestselling book. I use #1 NYT bestseller as a goal not because it would be a nice accomplishment but because if that many people are buying my book, it means my book is adding value to people’s lives. In that book I hope to include my experiences from the last year if it will help people.  

UT: When you’ve finished the 52nd week and this challenge is over, what’s your next project?

While the challenge will end, I’ll continue reaching out to my role models and those around me finding ways I can add value to their lives. Generosity and being bold are ideas I want to hold as habits for the rest of my life and not just during the 52 weeks of this challenge.

History of Fast Typing and Old-School Techniques

Peter Lee

Since the first typing devices were designed in the 1700s, the technology and techniques of typing have come a long way. The first manufactured typing devices, which were produced in the 1870s, did not allow the typists to see what they were writing, since the characters were printed on the other side of the page. That was obviously inconvenient, but somehow this method turned people into better, faster typists.

Let’s see how old-school fast typing techniques have evolved since the era of ‘blind typing’.

Evolution of Fast Typing

The touch and type method, which means to type without looking at the keys, was invented by a court stenographer from Salt Lake City – Frank Edward McGurrin. Court stenographers were practically unnoticeable during trials, but this humble profession has made a huge impact over the entire humanity. Think about it: stenographers influenced the way you use your computer!

Touch typing means finding the right keys by habit, or so-called muscle memory. The typist doesn’t pay attention to the movement of his fingers; the entire focus is on the text on the paper/screen. This method is adequate for the QWERTY keyboard design, which was created in the early 1870s by Christopher Latham Sholes, and it was first implemented in the Remington No.1 typewriter.

Computer keyboards are designed according to this method. You would think the reason for that is related to speed, but muscle memory can also be developed on another design. In fact, the Dvorak and Colemak designs require less finger motion and induce even faster typing. However, people have been using the QWERTY design for almost 150 years, so it’s a habit that’s hard to eradicate.

The Fastest Typists through History

Rose L. Fritz was the first winner of the World Typewriting Championships in 1906. After she won the contest, the Prince of Wales was interested in her work and asked her to type something for him. She typed a 113-word letter in under a minute. Of course, there were no errors in this masterpiece.

Margaret B. Owen was another remarkable typist. She won the World Championships in 1913, 1915, 1916 and 1917. In 1917, she set a record of 143 words per minute, which was beaten by George Hossfeld in 1922 (144 words per minute) and Albert Tangora in 1923 (147 words per minute).

Fast Typing Today: Which Techniques Will Make You Better?

When the first typewriters were produced, not everyone was required to use them. Stenographers, writers, journalists, and newspaper editors had to practice touch typing in order to be successful in their world. Today, everyone’s work involves typing. Handwriting is slowly becoming obsolete, so we all need to type with the speed of light.

There is only one way towards success: diligent practice. Now that we made that clear, let’s see which techniques you can implement into your practice:

1) If you are a beginner, start slowly. It’s like playing the piano: you’ll make tons of mistakes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Speed will only make sense when your fingers develop the habit of finding the right keys intuitively. As you make progress, you’ll become faster and faster.

2) Use all fingers on both hands! Most people just leave out the thumbs and little fingers, so these four key players hang passively while the other six fingers do the entire job. Have you ever noticed the raised bumps on the f and j keys? Place your index fingers on them and allow the other fingers to fall naturally into place. Do you notice that the thumbs are in charge of the space key? You’ll also note that the little fingers are supposed to control function, punctuation and navigational keys. Typing software available on the internet will definitely help you familiarize keyboards.

3) Set a timer and see how many words you can type in a minute. MS Word will distract you with unnecessary features, so you need software that’s specifically focused on word counting. Try word counter tool from creative essay writing service Scholaradvisor, which counts the characters, words, and lines as you type. You will be able to focus on your practice while looking at the subtle numbers without being distracted by them. Keep track of the results and you’ll witness your constant progress.

4) Try to type with minimum movement by keeping the hands close to the base position. This will reduce the stress on the fingers, so you won’t become tired and you’ll be able to type for longer.

5) Take breaks! During a long session of typing, you’ll notice how you are starting to make tons of mistakes. It’s like your fingers start refusing to listen to your brain’s commands. This is a sign that you should take a refreshing break before you go back to typing!

Author’s Bio

Peter Lee is a web-developer and freelance writer for essay writing service ScholarAdvisor. He’s very keen on researching writing, digital tools, modern education issues

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Blogging and Typing – Alden Tan Shares His Writing “Schedule” to Ultimate Typing Readers

Alden Tan

INTRODUCTION: When you’ve been wandering around aimlessly, wishing that your life would change in some way that you haven’t quite figured out, not sure where to start, where to stop, where to go, what to do … it might just be time for that proverbial slap upside the head to get you focused on what’s real and what’s important. For some people, that happens when tragedy strikes. Storyteller and author Alden Tan shares his experience, in hopes that it will help other people get the perspective they need to move forward.

UT: You’ve been blogging on your website for about four years, but you’ve also found time to write several books. How do you manage to keep to your writing schedule? Do you even have a set schedule?

Honestly, the way I’ve been writing has been very erratic. Sometimes I write like a machine everyday. Other times, I slack off and write only when I’m inspired.

I wouldn’t say either way is better than the other. They both have their own benefits. But personally for me today, I think pushing yourself to write outside of your comfort zone is your best schedule.

UT: Your internet presence and style match a younger demographic, the teens and young adults who have grown up with smartphones and texting who might not have ever learned to type with all ten fingers. Naturally, here at Ultimate Typing we’re pretty big on learning proper touch typing techniques! What’s your opinion on the importance of good keyboarding skills when you’re a blogger and author?

Oh super important. Otherwise, how do you write for real?

If you want to write, sit down and write. Not lay down on your ass or stand around tapping away on your phone.

UT: In one of your blog posts, you point out that potential and talent mean nothing without hard work and effort. What’s one thing you’ve put the most effort into learning, doing, or creating lately?

Just doing the work. Ryan Holiday taught me this: The work IS the goal.

What you do daily is the only goal you have to achieve. You have to put in the work. Do it everyday and eventually you’d have created something huge. It will come then.

In effect, this is to ensure you don’t get disillusioned with the big picture. If you write and hope everyday that one day you’ll be discovered somehow or go viral or whatever, you’re just going to feel beaten down.

Hope is never a strategy.

UT: In your books and articles, you talk a lot about getting rid of anger and learning how to be happy. Why is that so important? Doesn’t anger provide fuel and energy that can be motivating to someone?

Anger has always been tricky to me, so much so I’d admit I’ve issues with it.

In short, don’t let anger eat you up inside. You’d become somebody else entirely and you’d do things you don’t mean to.

But yeah, anger can be the fuel to make big changes in your life.

That’s the trick though. It’s balancing using it as motivation and making sure you don’t feel hot and shitty all the time.

I personally don’t think there’re good enough, open resources to help guys with anger out there, so that’s why I feel strongly about it.

UT: What’s your next big project?

I’m launching a 30-day course on happiness, in my honest and real style soon! Stay up!

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Secrets From The Recycling Plant: How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle from Planet Money on Vimeo.

We go inside a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the technology that turns used glass into new bottles.

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