Google On Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…

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The Google blog has one of their informational posts from Doc Razavi about repititive stress injuries (RSI), better known in the office space by one type, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Its a pretty good read, with useful information for anyone, like myself, who spends twenty hours a day hovering over a keyboard. However, I realized something when I read this:

Breaks should be taken every 30-45 minutes for at least 5 minutes. If you need assistance there are free downloadable timers that will help remind you to do so.

I thought for sure that link would point to a Google Desktop Sidebar widget that did the job. Stupid me. How do you post something like this on your blog without having one guy in the company use his 20% time for a few hours to make a widget? Jeez, it would have been so simple.

Google has so many resources, and this would have been an easy one. Yes, I’m nitpicking, but maybe Google should hire a Chief Nitpicking Officer, or rather, a small details guy. It’s the little things that sometimes make a big difference.

And trust me on this: If I’m afraid of RSI, and there’s a timer in my Google sidebar, I’m never uninstalling the sidebar. That’s lock-in.

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Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

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