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Most often they are actually not too low. According to widely accepted ergonomics guidelines, your eyes should be inline with the top of the monitor. Looking downwards to it is at worst against your preference, looking up to it by even a small amount is really bad for your back and neck. So it is much better to err on the side of it being too low.


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Making things clear The reality is that the people who care or are aware about the posture and really follow the guidelines are the minority. Also despite the knowledge people can have about posture, it doesn't imply at all that the will apply it (or do it correctly). I don't have any doubt that taking a standard office chair, desk and monitor, adult ...


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Speculation. Monitors used to look like this: you put the big computer on your desk, and the tiny monitor sat on top of it - at the correct height. As we tried to make the desk "cleaner", the box went on the ground (or inside the monitor). And so your problem was born.


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Because you can always put some additional stand, but it might be really hard to "cut" the default one :) Low fixed stand seems to be universal and pretty cheap solution. Usually, better stand is a good motivation to pay more.


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Another solution (along the lines of @JohnGB's answer but with no supplemental cables needed) is to use a newer type of power strip that can accommodate large AC adaptors without blocking other outlets. One novel design is the Quirky PowerPivot that bends not only to accommodate large power "bricks" but also to fit in your space neatly:


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It's not as if engineers sat around and designed them to block adjacent plug points. They are large because of the physical size of the components that they need. With newer technology, and lower power devices, some AC adapters no longer do that, but for larger devices that is likely to be an issue for years to come. One solution is to use a cable ...


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Commercial sinks are "flat" by industrial design. There is a specific sequence for hand cleaning dishes that specifies three compartments for washing, rinsing and sanitizing. http://www.healthdepartment.org/Environmental/Food%20Scores/3%20compartment%20sink.pdf They are designed to be filled with water. They are flat to hold the maximum volume of water and ...


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If, as you say, as many as half your users aren't English speakers, why are you trying to communicate with them using English words? Why not show the Lira symbol (or better, some Lira banknotes) and arrows to the PayPal logo, pictures of your gift cards (or icons of gifts) etc.?


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The kind of adapter you are referring to is called a wall wart. To quote the article referenced : One of the major advantages to a wall wart has to do with preventing overheating to both the power source and the device that is receiving the power. Because the wart proper is removed from the equipment that receives the electrical current, it is ...


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The issue with ergonomic guidelines similar to that shown on the Apple website is that virtually no one sits like that (contrary to what our school teachers have tried to make us do). Almost everyone likes to lean back a bit, and most office chairs allow for this. In fact, it is NOT good for you to sit straight up as a college design professor discovered. ...


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The percentage doesn't matter, what matters is what you do with each of the speed levels. Was a person with proper knowledge of the tool (and its use cases) involved in discerning this enigma? Most of the times, these things have levels to please cooks and kitchen-passionate individuals who would know exactly what kind of outcome is achieved with every ...


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IMO they are not designed, just engineered. With due respect for engineering, which is a must. Design seems to be considered optional. There is no need to limit the current from the output, as most such devices handle low power levels, if compared to an iron or a room heater. Since some time ago I see bricks without a transformer, the component that made ...


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Most domestic sinks (but not all) are rounded because: They are cheaper to make, as you can simply press them out of a flat piece of steel. You can't press out corners easily like this as they will tear in the pressing process. They are easier to clean with a sponge or cloth. The same applies to dog bowls by the way, which is why squared dog bowls are ...


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Flat sinks are common in industrial settings. They're usually filled completely and so having something that holds the largest volume and where things stack easily and you have a stable surface. For the home you tend to get rounded sinks. As @Itumac mentioned it's at least partially from historical reasons. But there are utilitarian ones too. Flat sinks ...


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I'm not sure if I missed an answer, but all of the answers seem to be missing a key point: it is significantly easier to make a monitor taller rather than shorter. Stacking your monitor on stacks of paper or boxes may seem like an inconvenience, but imagine what would happen if monitors were made taller. I'm nearly certain there would exists some desks in ...


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Firstly, this hindrance is not true of all adapters. Transformer-based adapters take up space because they contain a large transformer. Switching supplies can be fit into a much smaller space. For instance look at the current crop of cell phone chargers. Secondly, even transformer adapters are small enough that they can be plugged into a two-socket outlet ...


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It was fairly common at one point for Americans (and others I'd assume) to forget to put their cars in park before turning off the car and walking away. Inevitably, the car wouldn't be in the same place when they returned, and might indeed have plowed its way into someone's living room. Most would rather the slight inconvenience of not being able to turn off ...


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For the answer of why a specific button is used for Popcorn, I recommend looking at this discussion from Reddit which has this to say : Many microwaves nowadays, except for very basic models, will actually have a humidity sensor built into them. They measure the moisture content coming off of your food to determine when it's done, because microwaves work ...


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In engineering terms, if it is linear it is 60%. If not, then nobody here knows. If it started at 1 and not 0, then it would be 50%.


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This certainly depends on the blender but your first option seems wrong. The jumps in speed are not uniform. You get a huge boost from 3 to 4 and almost no difference from 4 to 5. Without dismantling the blender, I'd say you should be able to simply hear that that this is not the case! What I expect is that the speed of the blade increments uniformly ...


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Wall warts sometimes block adjacent AC outlets, not because they were designed this way, but because it's easier and cheaper to make a product with an external power supply. Usually the wall-warts are provided by Chinese manufacturers as a turn-key solution for other companies, at ultra-low cost. It is not always feasible to do an internal power supply, ...


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There is a cost involved in designing things in ways that changes basic engineering. Printed circuit boards for a long time (and probably still) were easiest to layout and cheapest to purchase if rectangular. Components are laid out on PCB's according to engineering needs. For example, the placement of heat sinks for optimal cooling. Plastic housings can be ...


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Who says they are "neck height" by default? What source do you have that supports this claim? You aren't taking into account any of the following: Height of person. Desk (or table) height. Monitor width and height. Monitor stand height (if you have one). Keyboard type, height, and wrist angle. Mouse type, height, and wrist angle. Chair height, position, ...


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You are probably right, I would try to understand the context of your software. Is this an unnecessary flourish that a button or link could easily fulfil? Are these people power users that would benefit from such a shortcut? I would recommend conducting some real-world research, ask people what their expectations are if they do such an action. If you ...


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... is this graphical representation really useful, or would three vertically arranged entry fields be better? three vertically arranged entry fields is better I researched this question by looking at some websites that handle a lot of packages and none of them tried to tie the Length, Width, and Height inputs to a visual model of a box. The reasons for ...


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