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Am Donnerstag hatte ich die Ehre, in meiner Regionalgruppe des BDÜ LV Bayern das Thema “Büroausstattung” anzumoderieren. Dieses Jahr haben wir RG Regensburger uns nämlich überlegt, bei jedem Treffen ein Thema in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen, das ein Mitglied kurz vorstellt, und über das dann (hoffentlich) rege diskutiert wird. Hat bis jetzt auch immer gut geklappt, also eine gute Idee, finde ich! Dieses Mal war also die Büroausstattung dran, und …

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Anyone spending longer periods of time at the desk knows that a bad office chair inevitably leads to bad posture and all sorts of health problems in the long term. Things like backaches, headaches or stiff knees are a sure first sign you’re spending too much time in one (bad) position. I’ve always been a firm believer in a good office chair, and I knew I had a good …

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It’s undeniable – the days are getting shorter, fall has definitely arrived and it’s getting to the point where I have to turn on the heater and the light when I get into my office in the mornings. (c) tuareq Some days, when the sun just doesn’t seem to want to come out at all, I have to leave the light on all day. So of course it is …

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I have been in need of a new keyboard for a while now, since my old one had been leaving out letters at will and gotten louder and louder over time. After spending quite a bit of time in the keyboard isle of several electronics stores, I chose this one: the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 In addition to it being wireless – something …

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Observant people may have noticed that something else changed regarding my desk other than the desk itself. Together with my new desk, I also introduced monitor stands. I had realized that it was not just the sitting that caused bad posture but also the angle at which I had to look at my monitors – they were too low. So I bought some Fellowes TFT stands (or monitor risers …

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I recently came across some really interesting sites with people promoting walking while you work?! Yes, you read that right. There are people (and by now also clever companies catering to their needs e.g. by building special desks) who very slowly walk on a treadmill while working at their desks. While the statement that our bodies are made for walking and movement, not sitting, is certainly true, I just …

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As the regular readers of this blog know, my PC conked out between Christmas and New Year, and I had to work from my schlepptop for about two weeks. Since my CAT tool, memoQ, gives me two licenses, I had it installed there already, as well as an e-mail program (with the IMAP option set-up on my accounts) and my digital dictionaries, so I was in a good position …

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As a sworn-in translator, I get to translate quite a lot of documents that are only available in paper format, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, certificates etc. I am not particularly fond of these kind of projects, mainly because the translation has to look like the original, which means I have to do a lot of formatting. For most of these documents, OCR is not an …

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I had to completely redo my PC from scratch after a virus incapacitated it last week. If you’ve never had to do this – count your blessings! If you’ve been there before (blue screen of death, anyone?), you know what I’m talking about. It’s not fun at all!  And it takes a long time to reinstall not only the “big”, obvious software like mail and word processing programs and …

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I am fairly tall for a woman. Not super-tall (the WNBA wouldn’t be very impressed), but tall enough to make buying a pair of pants somewhat of a nightmare undertaking for me… but that’s a different story, and one I won’t divulge here. So, although I am pretty tall, most of that height comes from my legs. When I sit down, I appear actually rather short. Not a huge problem, …

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I know, opinions are split on this one, but I have been working with two monitors ever since I started working as a freelancer full-time, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  First I used an additional monitor to the one on my laptop, then, when I had my desktop PC custom-build, I bought a larger monitor (22″) as main one and kept the other, smaller one (17″) as …

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I finally got around to purchasing one very important piece of office equipment, which I have been meaning to do for quite a while – a UPS (uninterrupted power supply). However, I didn’t want to just buy any old – dare I say “cheap”? – device, so I did some in-depth research on what would best suit me needs and purposes and still be affordable (although the price really should …

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