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Poll: Do you suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?".

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Laura Morwood  Identity Verified
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Keep moving May 19, 2009

Yup, I'm wearing a wrist splint right now. I've been trying to sort it out over the last few months and I'm getting better at it. I have two keyboards, two mice and two seats. I change over a lot and walk round every hour. I've done some Alexander technique lessons and they were a great help to sort out my overall posture. Swimming really loosens my shoulders and running helps too.
I hope one day I'll be free of it completely but for now I just have to cope.
Any other suggestions very welcome!!


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Jonathan Morris  Identity Verified
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The answer is to dictate May 19, 2009

Try using Dragon Naturally Speaking - will reduce your typing by 90%. It's not very good with Trados but I find Trados is no use at all for the kind of assignments I get, so it's not an issue for me. I sound like a sales rep for DNS but about 2 years ago started to feel the onset of RSI, immediately switched to dictation and haven't looked back since.

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Sandra Petch
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Osteopath May 19, 2009

Laura Morwood wrote:

Any other suggestions very welcome!!



I suffered from hand and wrist pains linked to using a mouse and a talented osteopath cured the problem.


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Caroline Lakey  Identity Verified
France
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Do you think in the same way when you're using DNS? May 19, 2009

I've had a go, but I find it really hard to actually translate - I'm starting to wonder if my brain's actually located somewhere in my fingers, rather than in my head! I just can't get the sentences to flow.

Perhaps it's just a question of practice - has anyone had a similar experience?


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xxxInterlangue
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Aging May 19, 2009

... probably makes things worse but Dragon certainly helps.

[Modifié le 2009-05-19 15:24 GMT]


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Agree that dictating definitely helps, but ... May 19, 2009

Jonathan Morris wrote:

Try using Dragon Naturally Speaking - will reduce your typing by 90%. It's not very good with Trados but I find Trados is no use at all for the kind of assignments I get, so it's not an issue for me. I sound like a sales rep for DNS but about 2 years ago started to feel the onset of RSI, immediately switched to dictation and haven't looked back since.



... just thought I'd mention that my experience is that DNS and Trados actually work fine together.

[Edited at 2009-05-19 12:57 GMT]


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xxxLatin_Hellas
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Yes, but not from the keyboard May 19, 2009

I think it's more from hand-churning dough to make bread: I can no longer stand that cheap feeling in my stomach from factory bread. Maybe I should invest in a dough-churning machine.

Any suggestions?


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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DNS10Legal. May 19, 2009

Lawyer-Linguist wrote:

Jonathan Morris wrote:

Try using Dragon Naturally Speaking - will reduce your typing by 90%. It's not very good with Trados but I find Trados is no use at all for the kind of assignments I get, so it's not an issue for me. I sound like a sales rep for DNS but about 2 years ago started to feel the onset of RSI, immediately switched to dictation and haven't looked back since.



... just thought I'd mention that my experience is that DNS and Trados actually work fine together.

[Edited at 2009-05-19 12:57 GMT]


Especially Dragon Naturally speaking 10 (professional) legal which contains a terminology of 3000 words in 4 languages (Dutch version, which also comes with English,French, German).


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Maria Drangel  Identity Verified
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Not too bad May 19, 2009

I try going to a really good massage therapist who also does acupressure on places where I have blockations and pains, every 4-6 weeks, and I find that it fixes me up every time. It is very painful when she is working on me and I am even sore a few days afterwords, but it helps SO MUCH.

Also I do yoga once per week and it helps me with my posture (which I still need working on) in addition to making me stronger.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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No! May 19, 2009

Many (really many) moons ago, when I learned to use a computer, way back in the days of WordPerfect 5.1...
our instructor removed the newfangled device known as a mouse from the computers, and made us learn to use the short cuts first! I still use every shortcut I can find, and so far, so good.

Admittedly, that was before the days of PDFs, and I do get a few slight twinges in my wrist if I spend a whole day adding 'yellow notes' to a proof.
I also get them if I use the mouse to play solitaire. However, nothing that will not disappear again after a weekend or a day away from the computer.

So it's out to do some exercises and loosen up at frequent intervals.

Trados on a laptop is a challenge - am I the only person who finds the CTRL-Num+ shortcut idiotic? But then there is always Wordfast...

I'm really lucky, because I am not that self disciplined about most things... I don't have backache either.

Happy translating - and remember there's a life away from the computer too!



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Joëlle Bouille  Identity Verified
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I used to but solved the problem with Dragon Naturally Speaking! May 19, 2009

Hello everyone,

I used to have intense pain in my wrists everytime I sat more than 7 or 8 hours in a row typing. Even if not using the mouse.

I have now been using Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 2 years to dictate my translations rather than type them and the pain is obviously gone.

It can also save quite some working time once you get used to the software and how it works with TagEditor, Word, Transit, ...

I still type some translations. It all depends on the content and format of the source, but when the text just "flows", well Dragon works just like a breeze!

Hope this will help some of you


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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How on earth do you all use your Multiterm termbases with Dragon? May 19, 2009

My experience with Dragon so far is that if you dictate you have to remember all the terminology in your head. Do none of you find that difficult? I start to suddenly feel very much at a loss for words without the help of the termbases.

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Peru
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DNS too May 19, 2009

DNS is much cheaper than paying a masseuse.

To Caroline:
It does takes some time to get used to DNS, not just to train the software but also to train your brain to work in a certain way. But eventually, your productivity will increase and the pain will go away. Something that works really well for me is having a small banner with the Trados key combination taped over my monitor. That way, I can only concentrate on my translation.


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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I've had it May 19, 2009

but now it's gone. Most probably because now the most of the typing is done not by me, but our translators
But yes, speech recognition is a great thing, and you don't have to buy any specialised tool to try it out- since Office XP it is integrated there- you just have to activate it if you have not done it at installation. Yes, you have to take about half an hour to train it and recognition-wise it doesn't contain/correctly spell any words your spellchecker doesn't have. However, first- it works only into few major languages, second- I once against a yesterday's deadline translated 20 page Legal Agreement into English with it in about 1,5 hours (half an hour more I had to spend to correct it, most of the time I spent was to remove "the"s where I have coughed or somebody in the office closed the door.

Uldis

Claudia Alvis wrote:
DNS is much cheaper than paying a masseuse.


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