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How to make a MacBook Air ergonomic?


by @cpury | 6yr  | 7 comments

Iโ€™ve been working from my Macbook Air for a while now and finally started feeling some wrist pain. Some research suggested the absolute minimum one should get is an external mouse / trackpad to avoid those awkward hand movements to the built-in trackpad.

Now I could just buy a cheap one, or even one of those silly tiny travel mice. However, Iโ€™d thought Iโ€™d ask the experts first:

Whatโ€™s the best mouse or trackpad for a digital nomad?

Some features I would like to have:

  • Smooth scrolling, ideally a trackpad similar to the built-in one
  • If wireless, it should come with an easy-to-use charging method
  • As compact and traveler-friendly as possible

Nomads, what is your opinion on this?

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@scottyallen | 6yr

I found a much cheaper, simpler version of the roost. Itโ€™s a wire book stand: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006B8HT/. $6 on amazon, and holds my 13" macbook air just fine. I use it with an apple wireless keyboard and wireless trackpad.

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@itinerantdev | 6yr

I plan to get the MX mouse next time Iโ€™m home, Iโ€™ve heard multiple good things about them. If you want a cheap option Iโ€™ve got this one at the moment and itโ€™s fine: http://www.amazon.com/TeckNet-Bluetooth-Wireless-Mouse-BM306/dp/B000Q7V0W4/

The roost looks great (I have a roost 2 ordered and also hoping it arrives while Iโ€™m home next) but you can use a book or anything to raise a laptop. I have a tupperware box which I put loads of cables and stuff in and I use that most of the time.

Another thing to mention is the powerball: http://www.amazon.com/NSD-Power-Essential-Gyroscopic-Exerciser/dp/B007GGCLK8/ A few minutes a day with it can make a HUGE difference. Honestly I canโ€™t overstate how much difference it made for me and Iโ€™ve seen other people say the same too.

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@panoramica | 6yr

@cpury There are a few products out there that address this but arenโ€™t easily available yet: http://www.therooststand.com/, and another one Iโ€™ve forgotten about that may have been cardboard-based.

I find that the desks and chairs in hostels and coffee shops leave a lot to be desired. Quite often itโ€™s really uncomfortable or youโ€™re miles from the table. So I find constant relocation necessary too.

And currently I have fruit cans under my desk to make it less insanely low, but my back still hurts :frowning:

Cheers,
Dan

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@levelsio | 6yr

If you use a MacBook Air without a laptop stand, you will probably have chronic neck, back and wrist injury in a few years. This is very serious.

Hereโ€™s the problem. See that neck position? Itโ€™s always pointed 45deg down. Thatโ€™s not your neckโ€™s natural position. So what happens is your nerves get compressed in your neck and shoulder. Also the nerves that lead up to your wrist and hand. That (and more) gives you the tingle feeling of RSI/CT.

Most cases of persisting RSI have their basis in the nerves that run from the neck, down through the shoulders, and into the wrists and hands.

Itโ€™s easily fixable though but you need to be consistent about it.

The top of your screen should be at eye level. Thus, you should get a stand that raises your laptop. This is the one I use http://www.therooststand.com/

An external mouse and keyboard are also important. I have a Logitech MX Performance mouse and an Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Your arms and hands should be flat on the table and not angled up or down ward. Your elbow should be close to a 90 degree angle, although your arm and hands can extend more into the table.

If you donโ€™t, you get chronic issues. I have them. Although they go away when Iโ€™m in an ergonomic position.

I think @Casey_Rosengren from Hacker Paradise has chronic issues too because he didnโ€™t pay attention early on to work ergonomically. Most nomads get it because theyโ€™re stubborn. Donโ€™t be! Itโ€™s your health.

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@cpury | 6yr

Thanks for the very informative post! Makes me want to order the gear right now. I wish the Root Stand were in stockโ€ฆ

However my main question is still about the mouse (I saw you changed the topic title :stuck_out_tongue:) . I heard the Evoluent Vertical Mouse is great for your wrists, but it seems too clunky and heavy for traveling. Can you recommend the Logitech MX Performance?

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@levelsio | 6yr

Yes lots!

Itโ€™s pretty much the industry standard mouse for power users. The whole MX series has been going back for 15 years I think. And theyโ€™ve always had almost the same shape. Theyโ€™re perfect with very accurate laser sensors.

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@alemacgo | 6yr

Better than the Apple mouse? Just curious, Iโ€™ve never used either extensively.

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I love living in walkable areas of town. I can always find them. But now I'm wondering where in the world are the most walkable places? I'm imagining walk streets (no cars), zoning allowing both business and residential, parks or beaches ,etc.

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Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

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International number & internet?


by @leobassam | 4mo 3 months ago | 1 comment

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Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of?


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Hi everybody. I live and work in Germany and want to go to Canary Islands for 6 months to work from there. I'm going to keep my current job, just change the "home" in the home office part of things. Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of? I was reading about becoming a residence after 183 days, thus having to pay taxes there plus my employer having to register there. Does anybody know how it works exactly? Thanks a lot!

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Chiang Mai accommodation


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Can anyone recommend a good accommodation website for Chiang Mai?

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Is anyone travelling right now?


by @viktor | 4mo 4 months ago | 3 comments

Winter is coming and Iโ€™m feeling the ache of travelling after being stuck in the same place since the Pandemic started. Wondering if anyone is travelling right now? If so, where are you currently located and how is the situation where you are?

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Where to buy Sony A7RIII, Macbook Pro ... CHEAPEST :)


by @vesko89 | 3yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

Ola!
I am starting soon with my Digital Nomad Lifestyle and I need to buy a lot of gear.

  • Sony A7RIII + Lenses
  • MacBook Pro
  • GoPro6
  • Drone DJI Phantom 4 Pro

This are the most expensive parts.

So in which Country should I buy the stuff? I am living in Germany at the moment and its not really cheap here. Would be great to save some money and see the country. 2 Flys with 1 Punch :slight_smile:

Thanks for your time!

Best wishes Vesko

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Should I travel with a MacBook Pro 13" or 15"?


by @ileitch | 3yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

Hey!

Iโ€™m wondering how many developers travel with a MBP 13" vs 15"? I currently use a late-2012 13" for iOS development, but Iโ€™m pondering the 15" because Xcode is so resource hungry. On the downside, it is rather heavyโ€ฆ

Do you travel with a 15"? Do you wish youโ€™d opted for the 13" instead?

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P.S Iโ€™m asking developers specifically as system spec is more crucial than, say, for a copywriter.

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by @pezmc | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

Hi all,

Iโ€™ve been doing some research on external batteries for the MacBook having seen a HyperJuice in someoneโ€™s desk shot. There was also a thread on this about a year ago: Whatโ€™s the best portable battery charger for a MacBook?

My findings so far are that itโ€™s very important which laptop you have. A MacBook โ€˜Newโ€™ (USB-C) seems to have the most options, followed by a MacBook Air which has a low power requirement, the MacBook Pro 13" which has a medium power requirement and the MacBook Pro 15" which has a very high power requirement and very limited options.

Iโ€™ve found the below, have any of you used/tried them? Do you know of any alternatives? Personally Iโ€™m looking for something that works well with the MacBook Pro 15" but share anything as others may find it useful!

  • HyperJuice - comes in sizes 60/100/150/222WH - requires a modification to your MacBook charger as they canโ€™t use the patented MagSafe2 adapter.
  • BatteryBox - 60 Wh - uses a custom compatible charger that works with the Air/Pro/MacBook
  • ChugPlug - 65 Wh - MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13" only, small battery capacity
  • Xiaomi power bank - ~80 Wh - MacBook USB-C only
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Best Macbook Air apps for digital nomads?


by @zosiaswidlicka | 5yr 5 years ago | 8 comments

I just got my first ever Macbook and I am curious to find out which apps you find the most useful when working and travelling. They can be directly related to work (Iโ€™m a writer, mostly), or for travelling, planning, organising or pure fun times.

So far Iโ€™ve got Skype and Chrome, hoping you can inspire me with some more interesting tools!

Cheers

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MacBook pro Fan broke, where to go in Bangkok?


in Bangkok, Thailand by @djar | 5yr 5 years ago | 0 comments

I am really a lucky guy. :slight_smile:

On my way to Koh Lanta, i dropped my MacBook from about 10cm. Enought to brake the fan, which is now making starnge noises. Good start to my first nomad experience. :slight_smile:

I think i have to fly back to BKK to get this fixed. Any recommandations? There is no official apple store in Thailand i think.

Can anybody recommand a good store that performes on site repair? Price is secondary, as this is my primary working tool.

Thanks
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Where should I buy a MacBook in South America?


by @pfaff90 | 6yr 5 years ago | 14 comments

Dear SA-experienced nomads

my MB Air got stolen in Sucre, Bolivia. It sucks working on slow PCs in dark internet caves with 10 year old gamers around. And there is no chance to get a good laptop in Sucre.

Next stop would be Buenos Aires, but Argentina seems really expensive to buy Apple Products. On the way to Buenos Aires I could cross Chile (Santiago or Calama), Paraguay (Asuncion), Uruguay (Montevideo) or an other city in Bolivia (SC or CB). Which country should I go?

Thanks for the help!

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Can I ship my MacBook to Thailand without it getting stolen?


in Thailand by @asfktz | 6yr 5 years ago | 2 comments

I plan to be in India for the next 3 - 4 months and then move to Thailand to work.
I plan to keep my MacBook at home till then.

Can I trust the mail in Thailand with it?
Is it safer to take it with me to India? (I really prefer not toโ€ฆ)

To be more specific, by Thailand I mean Chiang Mai or Phuket

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What's the best portable battery charger for a MacBook?


by @george | 6yr 6 years ago | 4 comments

I have a personal hotspot and love working outside but Iโ€™m limited to how much battery my MacBook has. Has anyone used/or is currently using external battery for their MacBook?

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Will you get the new Macbook?


by @freedomsurfer | 6yr 6 years ago | 15 comments

I will for sure! Iโ€™ve never seen a laptop as adapted to our lifestyle as this one.

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