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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Soulskill posted about 2 months ago | from the twelve-foot-diameter-bean-bag dept.

Programming 154

Taxilian writes We've talked about office chairs before, but I'm one of those coders who tends to relax by doing more coding. Particularly when I'm short on time for a project, I like to move my work to where I am still around my wife and children so that I can still interact with them and be with my family, but still hit my deadlines. I have used various recliners and found that programming in them (at least in evenings) can be quite comfortable, but haven't felt like I really found the 'ideal chair' for relaxing and working on my Macbook.

I have found references to failed chairs (like La-Z-Boy Explorer, the so-called "E-cliner") that were intended for tech and failed, but are there any existing and useful options? I'd really like something that provides some sort of lap desk (to keep the heat from the laptop away from me) and reasonable power arrangements while still being comfortable and not looking ridiculous in a normal family room.

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Really? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680327)

Slashdot has devolved to this? Is it April 1st?

Re: Really Relax Recline Retire (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about 2 months ago | (#47681653)

I'm one of those coders who tends to relax

Of those coders who tends to relax, he is one?
Maybe instead he should retire?

When only the best will do.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680341)

The lounger from Idiocracy comes to mind. ;-)

Re:When only the best will do.. (1)

mellon (7048) | about 2 months ago | (#47681731)

I have a chair that my wife refers to as the Wall-E chair. I use it with a reading table to hold my laptop, a bluetooth keyboard, and a trackball that sits on the arm of the chair. Works a treat. The chair is something like this: http://www.la-z-boy.com/Produc... [la-z-boy.com]

It's ugly, the construction is pathetically bad, I've had to screw it back together with drywall screws, but it is quite comfortable, and doesn't look _completely_ awful. I'm sure you could come up with something nicer, though.

The best seat in the house (5, Funny)

slashdice (3722985) | about 2 months ago | (#47680355)

Sit on the toilet. You need to get a comfortable seat but you can work, shit, eat (I have a mini fridge within reaching distance), watch tv (I also have a tv mounted on the wall), pull your pud, whatever. And no pants required!

They don't call it a throne for nothing!

Re:The best seat in the house (3, Funny)

roger10-4 (3654435) | about 2 months ago | (#47681579)

I think you missed the part where he still wants the kids and family around... :)

Re:The best seat in the house (2)

tsqr (808554) | about 2 months ago | (#47681737)

you can work, shit, eat (I have a mini fridge within reaching distance), watch tv (I also have a tv mounted on the wall)

Didn't anyone ever tell you not to shit where you eat?

Best Coding Recliner (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680359)

I feel my best coding occurs while on my Kohler porcelain recliner.

First World Problems (4, Insightful)

astro (20275) | about 2 months ago | (#47680381)

You can't actually be serious? What? I like a good recliner myself, but as an Ask Slashdot this takes things to new lows.

Re:First World Problems (1)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about 2 months ago | (#47680443)

You mean even lower than the recent thread equating gamers to athletes?

Re:First World Problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680475)

Or every post about bitcoin?

Re:First World Problems (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680547)

You will not believe what comes next. Click inside to find OUT!!!

Re:First World Problems (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681069)

17 Reasons Proving Why Slashdot Has Turned Into Clickbait For Self-Important Geeks

Re:First World Problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681285)

You will not believe what comes next. Click inside to find OUT!!!

I've come to hate that so much that when I see it headlining an article I want to read, I skip it and move on. That, or "Check out these 27 crazy pictures of animals doing something crazy! #14 is unbelievable!!!1!1one" You get to #14 and if anything it's LESS remarkable than any of the others...

Re:First World Problems (5, Informative)

Jahf (21968) | about 2 months ago | (#47680769)

To "First World Problems" ... for enough people for it to matter, this isn't a first world problem any more than coding is a first world job (and these days it isn't). As someone with hereditary back issues since my teens that, after 25 years of pain and bad surgeries with severe complications, I am now on disability. I wouldn't have made it 25 years without an extreme ergonomic solution that I paid for out-of-pocket because until recently employers didn't recognize that even "ergo chairs" aren't enough.

For the original question ... you're probably not as bad off as I was. But if you're getting close you have a few solutions depending on how much you can spend (or get expensed). If you're not looking for this level of solution, hopefully the article attracted someone who did.

* Not a recliner, but for helping your back similar to how an exercise ball does but with more support for long coding, I have used a "SwingSeat" at my desk for a decade or more (http://www.swingseat.com/). This was good enough to get me by until the last round of surgery (which was actually a success) made it too hard to sit upright all day.

* A "Zero G" chair, like the ones by Human Touch (I use a Human Touch Perfect Chair), a bit pricey but not awful. Combined with a laptop table that can raise and angle the laptop you can actually do the vast majority of your work from a completely reclined position.

* For a desk, rather than reclining all the time, I assembled a custom desk from Anthro using their Console line that has a tray that can raise and pivot from sitting to reclining (which actually needs to be raised higher than sitting) to standing (great for those of you who don't have partial leg paralysis, good for me on rare occasions). The desk is HUGE but dang, it does everything. It is the Console with full pole extensions bringing it to almost 6' with monitors on a shelf 8" higher than the shelf that hosts the keyboard tray. Which means the monitors can raise up to standing position as well. I can, if I use a trackpad to avoid mouse problems, use this in combination with the Perfect Chair as a rigged solution similar to the next one.

* I couldn't afford this, or at least I could have before I needed it, but can't now. But if you can, the desks from ErgoQuest are perfect. And some of them are inexpensive enough to be not tooooo awful on the budget (if I had the money I spent on the SwingSeat, Anthro Console and Perfect Chair I could afford an ErgoQuest). You can -sometimes- find these on Ebay but not usually from someone willing to ship and often not for significantly less than having the right one built to your specs.

Re:First World Problems (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 2 months ago | (#47680855)

>A "Zero G" chair, like the ones by Human Touch (I use a Human Touch Perfect Chair),

Wow, the table part of those chairs is about the price I'd expect the whole chair to be, and the chair costs as much as a decent motorcycle.

Re:First World Problems (1)

cdd109 (2978027) | about 2 months ago | (#47680925)

Thanks for the tip. Swing Seat looks awesome

Re:First World Problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680929)

The Golden Girls love coding in a comfy recliner. Especially one that rocks, too!

Re:First World Problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681173)

Indeed!

That's why I sit on and recline on voluptuous Indian, Thai, and other gorgeous women from developing countries.

Re:First World Problems (1)

X-Ray Artist (1784416) | about 2 months ago | (#47681613)

First World, Third World...Why don't we ever hear anything about the Second World?

Eames lounge (4, Informative)

Noxal (816780) | about 2 months ago | (#47680383)

Pick up an Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Yes it's expensive. Yes it's worth it. You'll thank me later.

Re:Eames lounge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680507)

The knock-offs range from ok to better than the real thing, and cost much less.

Automotive bucket seat (4, Interesting)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47680525)

Or save a whole bunch of money and go to the junkyard to get the high-backed bucket passenger front seat from a comfortable car. Build a base for it to sit on, and use that base as the means for attaching the shelf for the keyboard and pointer.

Go with the passenger seat because it's usually less worn. If you're feeling inventive you can go with a powered seat, but those are usually biased toward the driver rather than the passenger.

Re:Automotive bucket seat (4, Informative)

gmarsh (839707) | about 2 months ago | (#47680789)

I've done this - I had a Toyota Cressida chair in my house, with a SLA battery and trickle charger hooked up to run the power seat bits.

However, I'll warn that it's hard to construct such a thing without making it look ghetto. Eventually, spousal acceptance factor led to the demise of the chair.

Re:Eames lounge (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 months ago | (#47680679)

I bought a ruined Eames chair and ottoman at an estate sale a decade ago. Cost less than a piece of junk from an office supply store. Took a little fixing, and it's not pristine, but man, for the past ten years it's been my second favorite place to sit in the house. It's my first favorite place to sit where I can't also relieve myself. Actually, I could relieve myself while sitting in the Eames chair, but my wife would probably beat me with a rolled up newspaper. Again.

Eames lounge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680885)

2 to 5K for a CHAIR?

I could build a freaking Ferrari computer for that amount of money!

Eames lounge (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681683)

2 to 5K for a COMPUTER?

I could go on freaking holiday for that amount of money.

Isn't it odd how different things can cost the same amount?

Re:Eames lounge (1)

MrYingster (594507) | about 2 months ago | (#47680933)

Came here to say this. Glad to see others agree.

I grew up with a knock off that My dad purchased ages ago, and even as a knock off, it's my favorite place to sit when I visit his house. Amazon sells real nice looking knock offs for about $600, but I can't vouch for their comfort...

Re:Eames lounge (1)

ottothecow (600101) | about 2 months ago | (#47681417)

I've sat in some relatively high end knock offs that were not very comfortable.

The real thing has a way of moving with you...some of the knockoffs don't. If I were going the knockoff route, I would want to make sure I got one that felt like the real thing, rather than a "higher end" one that used better quality materials but didn't feel right.

Re:Eames lounge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681013)

Wanted one of these for a looong time, but when I finally sat in one, found it to offer little or no head support (I'm 6'2").

During a recent bout with lower back issues, I picked up a Human Touch Perfect Chair off Craigslist. It came with the swivel/tilt desk attachment and I was able to comfortably work on my laptop in the "astronaut" position. Did that for 2 months. Might be something to consider, or perhaps even one of those zero gravity lawn chairs.

This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (2)

spads (1095039) | about 2 months ago | (#47680387)

Are you sure you have realistically evaluated this activity as quality with your wife AND children? Just be sure everyone's on board with this!

Note: this is opposed to the original (snarky) response which occurred to me, which was that probably a recliner would not afford significant relaxtion in comparison to a quart of whiskey! :)

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (4, Insightful)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680499)

Are you sure you have realistically evaluated this activity as quality with your wife AND children? Just be sure everyone's on board with this! Note: this is opposed to the original (snarky) response which occurred to me, which was that probably a recliner would not afford significant relaxtion in comparison to a quart of whiskey! :)

Oh, certainly I wouldn't call this quality time with my wife and children! It's more along the lines of "better a little poor quality time than no time at all". I do also of course spend time *without* the computer, but I prefer to be with my family as much as possible. This is for the times when the alternative is not seeing them at all.

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680683)

"better a little poor quality time than no time at all".

I disagree its better to be away when you need to be away, and put in actual worth while time with them when you aren't away. However it seems to you, to them you're just going to be frustrated distant and cold.

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 2 months ago | (#47680841)

I hate to deviate from the original question but what kind of programming do you do that you can be just sitting in a chair behind a MacBook?

Maybe what I program is more involved as there is no way in hell I could do any coding without being completely isolated from the constant nagging that comes from being in the family setting. I can't see any programmer doing a solid job coding modules with that many distractions around them.

I'm far more productive behind a desk and to make sure my family doesn't suffer from my numerous hours of work, I try to do my work after they all go to bed. Just my 2 cents. No point sitting in the living room if you're going to be a zombie or if your work will turn to crap because you got too many distractions.

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47681061)

I do most of my work behind a traditional desk or on a treadmill desk (where I am now). It depends on what I'm doing. I do a lot of different types of work, and I actually find that most of the time I do fine on most things with other people around. My kids are still small and happy with a few minutes here and there, and my wife just likes having me nearby after they go to bed. I find different developers (and even myself on different projects) do well in different environments. Sometimes I want to be alone, with headphones on, isolated, and sometimes I like having a bit of background chatter. Sometimes I like to sit on a recliner with a laptop, and sometimes I plug it in and use 3 27" displays on my desk. Sometimes I walk and work, sometimes that's too distracting. I find that I need some variety.

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (2)

Belial6 (794905) | about 2 months ago | (#47681275)

Different people need different environments to concentrate, and different families provide different environments to those people. I can say for myself, I concentrate better when there is human voice chatter around me. Voices that I don't have to respond too. Other people work better with quite music. Some with blaring death metal, and then there are those that need absolute quite. The absolute quite folks seem to be the ones that have the hardest time understanding that not everyone is like them.

Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47680559)

Heh. I've got a cheap netbook up in the family room to use in the evenings, and I'm sitting on a reclining Lazboy and it's really not as comfortable as one would think. I find using computers, even portable computers, at desks or tables to be much more conducive to getting results.

Shark Jump Alert! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680419)

Is it April 1st?

First things first... (2, Insightful)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about 2 months ago | (#47680423)

I'd shop around for a recliner that suits me, one that I feel comfortable in, one that doesn't tip over when I go all the way back. To keep the heat of the laptop from frying my family jewels, I'd use a Lapinator [pcmag.com] or something similar.

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Keep it simple. If you try to satisfy too many requirements with the chair, you'll wind up with something that has compromises all over the place, and you won't want to sit in it.

Get a chair that is comfortable for you, then use other items to meet your other criteria.

Re:First things first... (0)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680523)

I would just like to give you kudos and thank you for producing the first actually somewhat productive (read: not sarcastic or insulting and on topic to the real question) response to the question posted. I do have a lapdesk, which I'll likely end up using with something else; I was just getting a new recliner anyway, and it just seems odd that nobody has made one with a built-in desk or something, so I thought I'd see if anyone actually knows of anything. ... assuming I'd even see such a comment around all the insults, jokes (which I don't mind so much), and other distractions.

Re:First things first... (4, Interesting)

cruff (171569) | about 2 months ago | (#47680669)

Ekornes Stressless [ekornes.com] recliners are very comfortable, and have a swiveling table (Stressless PC-table) that holds a laptop, but can be moved out of the way when you don't need to use it.

Re:First things first... (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 2 months ago | (#47680955)

Get a chair that is comfortable for you, then use other items to meet your other criteria.

100% agree with this. Find the best chair, then find the best laptop support option. No all-in-one solution is going to beat that.

Re:First things first... (3, Interesting)

Belial6 (794905) | about 2 months ago | (#47681353)

In the spirit of keeping it simple... A few years ago, I took a month long road trip with my family. We rented a mini-van and she would drive during the long streatches of nothing while I worked from the back. After the first day in, it became apparent that the laptop on my lap wasn't cutting it. So, we stopped at a K-mart and I bought a big wood cutting board. It worked awesome. It was flat so It packed pretty well. It was very sturdy. It had the groove around the edge designed for catching liquids that worked very well for keeping pens and whatnot from sliding off the edge. Plus, when we would get to a stop, I could lift it up and set it on the seat next to me without having to rearrange anything. That way when we were done looking at the sights, I could get back in the car and get started back to work without any setup.

All in all, it was the best lap board I have ever used. To this day, my son still uses it when he wants to use his laptop while sitting on the couch. Storage consists of putting in the small space between the end of the couch and the wall.

Look at this one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680463)

http://shop.humantouch.com/pc-laptop-desk.html

Re:Look at this one... (0, Troll)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680553)

Wow, an actual direct response! I have seen a few things like this, but I was thinking more along the lines of a La-z-boy that can be used as a regular recliner when not using the desk; it does seem the desk comes off, though. +1 for the first actual product linked that answers the question

Re: Look at this one... (1)

jddj (1085169) | about 2 months ago | (#47681209)

God, I love my BarcaLounger Craftsman II. It's beautiful and comfy. Probably awful for my back, but as a chair to flop with a laptop, wonderful.

The tall-ish wooden arms make it crap for noodling on a guitar, and the arms slope, so no good for a place to put a soda. You'll want a side table. You`ll have to improvise a place for an outlet strip, but hell, if it's a laptop, you need to exercise the battery for maximum working life anyway, right? Or attach the outlet to the side table and leave your georgeous chair unscathed.

There are knockoffs of this chair, that look just like it, but aren't nearly as comfy. I know: I wanted to buy a knockoff 'cuz it was convenient, would ship with the rest of our furniture, but no, had to go back for the real thing, haven't regretted it for a minute.

If the family ever comes apart, we'll negotiate for most everything in the house, but not this chair. it's coming with me.

It's part of the "Woodland Reserve" collection in "Vintage Reserve" on BarcaLounger's very 1990s-looking web site, http://www.barcalounger.com/ [barcalounger.com]

Cheap Alternative (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680471)

Why not just get a nice recliner and use a piece of melamine board that you can rest on the arms? Toss it in the closet when you're not using it and use a normal extension cord for power.

Re:Cheap Alternative (0)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680535)

This is definitely in my list as a "plan B" -- but silly though it sounds, it strikes me that *someone* should have come up with something by now... I can't be the only coder who spends time working on a recliner.

Re:Cheap Alternative (1)

pla (258480) | about 2 months ago | (#47680795)

This is definitely in my list as a "plan B" -- but silly though it sounds, it strikes me that *someone* should have come up with something by now... I can't be the only coder who spends time working on a recliner.

I don't know if anyone else did it before, but as of tonight, I plan to try it myself. What a great frickin' idea!

...Though I think I'll start with the GP's suggestion before I buy a $600 specialty chair. :)

What. The. F*ck. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680495)

Really? This is what passes for "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." !?

Just this: (-1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | about 2 months ago | (#47680505)

WTF?

Don't do it (1)

tato (and tato only) (525054) | about 2 months ago | (#47680509)

As someone with both a recliner and a herniated disc, I say don't do it. A recliner forces your back into the worst possible posture. Your back is too important, so protect it.

Re:Don't do it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680987)

I second this. I switched to a "standing desk" a while ago, and it's working out amazing. It's a bit unintuitive to think that standing while programming might actually work, but it does.

Re:Don't do it (1)

DutchUncle (826473) | about 2 months ago | (#47681065)

Second the motion. Though my herniated discs may be in different positions than yours. A recliner is very comfortable while I'm still, and then when I try to get up I pay for it.

It is not only about a chair... (1)

Max_W (812974) | about 2 months ago | (#47680511)

Buy a silent mouse, which is used for recording studious. A quality silent keyboards. And most important the best monitor you can afford, and use it as a second display for your notebook.

Plus the fiber-optic internet access.

A good chair and a foot-rest will not harm too.

EZ Table (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680551)

No need to buy some expensive specialized recliner just use a EZ Table with the recliner/reclining sofa of your choice. The table is adjustable from 23 1/4 inches to 32 1/4 inches in height, is available in left and right handed and is only 150$ shipped on amazon.

Re:EZ Table (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680591)

I had not seen this product before; awesome! Best of all, it looks like it could actually be a useful addition to a variety of seating types, not just in the recliner.

The real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680567)

When did sitting in a recliner and coding become part of interacting with your wife and children?

This is like reading something from The Onion.

Re:The real question is... (1)

bjwest (14070) | about 2 months ago | (#47681161)

Spending quality time with family does not mean constant interaction between all parties. Just being in the same room, while each does their own thing, is quality time. If something pops in your mind, you're right there to discus it. Likewise if there's something your children have on their mind, you're right there.

This is where the family room developed, and it's also exactly what the current "social media" crap is trying to emulate.

Budget? (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 2 months ago | (#47680573)

Depending on your budget for the chair one of MWE Labs Emperor chairs [mwelab.com] should meet your needs.

Re:Budget? (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680623)

... Wow. =] That looks very cool, but not really conducive to operating a laptop without being cut off from the rest of the room

Re:Budget? (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 2 months ago | (#47680707)

For the price they are charging I'm sure they would sell you a wife and child seat attachment ;)

Programming with a broken back (1)

James-NSC (1414763) | about 2 months ago | (#47680597)

I broke my back a decade ago and kept working throughout. I built - well, I oversaw as I couldn't move - a custom rig using a wall mount for a small TV that, when inverted could hold a laptop upside down in just the right position over the hospital bed I was in for the next six months.

Since then, being comfortable while working is paramount to my survival - I've searched and searched, but in the end, if you want something that works just right *for you*, you're going to have to either build it from scratch or find something close and customize to fit.

For a recliner, if it's against a wall, you could go the TV mount route and have something that swings out when you need it - otherwise you can build a support on one side - recall that you have a lot of room under the chair for giving the side mount a large footprint so it's stable.

Good luck.

Re:Programming with a broken back (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680631)

Interesting ideas!

Wife? childern? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680605)

What is this wife and children thing you speak of?
I have never seen such a thing as wife or children here in the basement.
Please explain this concept to the rest of us on /. and how it relates to codding

I find this concept very confusing.

What you need (1)

dskoll (99328) | about 2 months ago | (#47680639)

I find a lot of developers need a recliner like this one [livelongerrunning.com] .

Re:What you need (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680715)

I have one of those too -- and I use it! Still want the recliner... =]

Old School desk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680651)

My old school desk from goodwill works pretty good.

Why sit... (1)

balaband (1286038) | about 2 months ago | (#47680671)

....when you can walk [lifespanfitness.com] ?

I have a custom setup similar to this for over 2 weeks. Very happy with it.

Re:Why sit... (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47680731)

I have a custom one that I built; it's great! It doesn't fit in the living room upstairs, though.

Home made version` (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | about 2 months ago | (#47680733)

http://imgur.com/a/OLfQ5 [imgur.com] Interesting, but probably a bit more work than you wanted. But I liked the flip up set up.

Re:Home made version` (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47681079)

LOL. Now *that's* what I'm talking about.

remind me not to use your code (0, Troll)

lophophore (4087) | about 2 months ago | (#47680735)

working "short on time" with "wife and children around" "in a recliner" does not sound conducive to quality code.

Re:remind me not to use your code (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680915)

Remind me not to work for you if you haven't seen his code and decide to judge him based on his Ask Slashdot request.

I want this one.... (1)

Kraig Geise (2881709) | about 2 months ago | (#47680747)

I have been searching for this very thing and your question made me go out and look. This is what I want: http://gravitonus.com/lang/en-... [gravitonus.com] Now to get my boss to buy it for me.

The Seat Of Power (1)

lazarus (2879) | about 2 months ago | (#47680751)

This [arstechnica.com] is the recliner you've been looking for.

You're welcome.

Seriously? (2)

BarbaraHudson (3785311) | about 2 months ago | (#47680761)

Particularly when I'm short on time for a project, I like to move my work to where I am still around my wife and children so that I can still interact with them and be with my family, but still hit my deadlines.

If you're working against deadlines, etc., you can't be doing it right while still interacting with your wife and kids. And you won't really be interacting with your wife and kids all that well either. Try the kitchen table. The kids can do their homework at the same time in the same place, and your wife will appreciate the time you've freed up by HER not having to watch the kids do their homework for a change.

But really - you're giving the recipe for poor code and poor home life.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about 2 months ago | (#47681439)

You know what they say... "A miserable, lonely, uncomfortable worker who is missing his family is a productive worker!"

Car seat (1)

bjs555 (889176) | about 2 months ago | (#47680799)

Car seats are built for long term comfort so the idea of using one at a computer has always interested me. Here's an article by a guy who actually built one:
http://www.arrickrobotics.com/... [arrickrobotics.com]
It's not real pretty but I'll bet it's comfortable. Maybe someone can come up with a better looking design.

IMO Good question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680813)

I used traditional office desk/chairs for YEARS(20), and then I started watching TV, and doing other stuff while on the computer and now I use simply a high back la-z-boy brand(better than most, stronger) and a board to support laptop, been doing that now for about 8 years and I can't ever see going back. Try it!

http://postimg.org/image/9uafou2yh/
http://postimg.org/image/xjhmt7btt/ ; Evolved from this.
http://postimg.org/image/fgth0gi9l/

First time I tried that quick and dirty image sharing site.

Re:IMO Good question (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | about 2 months ago | (#47681465)

He specifically said MacBook, not "laptop". /s

you are superficial and only care about hot babes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680853)

you superficial, elitisti, 1stworldproblemchugging, elitistc, cunt

thats all i have to say.

This gets on /. but this other one didn't?... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680861)

I submitted an "Ask Slashdot" story about a "personality sorter demographics of /. readers" that would have been interesting, and it didn't make it. A "crap dot" story asking about furniture? Really?

hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680867)

I'd recommend making a chair out of the corpses of your wife and kids, because trust me, I'll bet they wanna die.

I have a solution that works for me (1)

Gerald Butler (3528265) | about 2 months ago | (#47680879)

I use a standard recliner loveseat (dual recliner). I sit on the left side with my mouse on a hardbook or and a mouse-pad (wireless) next to me on the seat on the right. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse (Logitech MK700/MK710 & MK705 - comes as a kit) with the wireless keyboard in my lap. I have the laptop on a wooden stand on my left-front, a 32-inch Sony LED TV directly in front of me on a coffe table, and a third monitor (Samsung 24") mounted on an arm that attaches to a similar wooden stand that I have the laptop sitting on to my right front (basically almost in front of the other seat, but, closer). I use the 32" TV that is enough in front of me that I can get the foot rest up when I want to (I often change from up to down from time to time; otherwise, legs get tired). The monitory on my right I can move the swing arm around as needed and out of the way when I get up and down. My wife can still sit next to me and read or mess with her phone or tablet and talk to me to a certain degree. It's the best set-up I've been able to find that allows me to work productively for long hours while minimizing eye-strain, neck strain, leg strain, etc. Hope this helps.

Think outside the box (er, chair) - try a standup (2)

msclark (413170) | about 2 months ago | (#47680881)

After three decades of programming from a chair, I switched to a stand-up desk this year. It is better for health, posture, and programming focus. It takes discipline but there is a payoff, especially for us older coders. I still do laptop coding around my family from comfy chairs, but I'm now upright for the hard-core office work.

Re:Think outside the box (er, chair) - try a stand (1)

Taxilian (516595) | about 2 months ago | (#47681127)

This isn't for office work; I have a normal desk and a treadmill desk for that.

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47680887)

I'd recommend making a chair out of the corpses of your wife and kids, because I'll bet they wanna die.

Don't let the PHB see you in one (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 months ago | (#47680979)

Don't let the PHB see you in one or you may be let go.

The best way is to just space out at your desk.

Re:Don't let the PHB see you in one (1)

MattGWU (86623) | about 2 months ago | (#47681617)

Waitwait........"space out"??

The best office chair ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681115)

is the most uncomfortable one you can find so you'll get your fat ass out of it as often as possible. It's a bit cliche, but I might

The best recliner is one that necessitates getting rid of the technology to let the wife and kids sit down *WITH* you - like a couch or sectional. If your family is anything like a priority, you'll realize that coding in your time off is nothing but a sign of shitty management. That's not relaxation, it workaholism, and it *WILL* alienate your family and kill you if you don't figure it out and get it under control - before the kids are old enough to start resenting you.

That said, I do pick up the laptop on the couch when I'm trying to manage some of my personal business, but with kids trying to get cozy on my shoulder or under my arm, that never lasts - they're more important, and showing them so is critical if I don't want to lose them once I finally have time to actually put them before everything else instead of spending all my time trying to feed, clothe, and educate them.

Set priorities, and be brutally honest about it. It hurst like a mother at first, but trust me, it gets easier and more relaxing - and enjoyable.

Turn it off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681179)

Seriously? One can't possibly work enough? Take the time and spend it with your family. One of our least-noticed non-renewable resources is time. Use it wisely.

la-z-boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681189)

I put together a good setup a couple years ago and am still using it daily today: I'm using dual 22" monitors with it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cordesj/14742829528/

Typing this on a recliner (1)

kbahey (102895) | about 2 months ago | (#47681221)

I work from home, and have been using a recliner as my only "desk" for about 6 years and have the following to share ...

- My recliner is a La-Z-Boy. Can't remember the model since it is has been many years, but it is not something fancy. I tried leather for a little while, but it can be sweaty and sensitive to even your finger nails. So I have been using fabric.

- If you recliner has a wall behind it, then move it away from the wall a bit so it can recline back.

- Your LEGS (calves and feet) will feel better on a recliner.

- Use a pillow or something to support your NECK. It will feel better.

- Watch for your BACK. Put a stiff-ish wide pillow below you if you feel like you bottom is sinking in the chair. Also, put another stiff-ish wide pillow behind your lower back. Experiment with different pillows until you find the right combination.

- Avoid any FANCY back support that curves your spine too much. These are the most common ones on the market in my experience. This includes the wire frame lumbar support mesh thingies (they aerate well, but will hurt your back because of too much spine curvature), or those cylinder shaped hard pillows.

- Use a LAPDESK (those foam filled sacks with a vinyl covered plywood surface).

- Get a table that is level with the arm rests beside you so you can easily sip your beverage of choice, and have some handy items too (pens, paper, mobile phone, ...etc.)

- You will be absorbed in whatever you are doing, so interaction with the wife and kids will be mostly "huh? what did you say?" or "later, I am focusing on something else here" ... Not quality time ...

Ekornes Stressless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681305)

If you have an unlimited budget then you might consider one of these...

http://www.ekornes.com/us/stressless-recliners

Awesome chairs and if you poke around on the site you will find a laptop-specific table.

Re:Ekornes Stressless (1)

TheDayOfMe (808363) | about 2 months ago | (#47681509)

If you have an unlimited budget then you might consider one of these...

http://www.ekornes.com/us/stressless-recliners

Awesome chairs and if you poke around on the site you will find a laptop-specific table.

That's what I'm using right now. There are attachable side tables and laptop stands that go with them.

When we were looking for a replacement lounge setting we spent a few days trying out everything around town. These were the only thing that we both felt comfortable in and had the flexibility for TV watching, being able swivel to face each other and use a laptop. They also great for naps.

Right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681395)

Right and then I invent the code that stoped your popups for a month, until you invented the code that still popsup and so on, you were not sorry then, you are not sorry now, so shut up.

Fake! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47681445)

No real programmer uses a mac!

Just a word of warning (1)

CityZen (464761) | about 2 months ago | (#47681455)

If you make it too comfortable to be sedentary for long periods of time, you'll need to find ways to balance yourself with appropriate exercise. Too much comfort (or too much of anything) can be bad. It's all about the balance.

Back exercise helps you in several ways: makes sleep more comfortable, makes it easier to have good posture, prevents you from hurting yourself when lifting/pushing things, and generally keeps you from deteriorating faster than you ought to.

(I can't say enough about good posture, either: it helps you breath better, and it looks so much more attractive than most alternatives.)

Then spend time *with* your family! (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 2 months ago | (#47681713)

If you're going to spend time with your family, spend it *with* them!

Dad sitting around with his head in a screen and clacking away on the keyboard is *not* "spending time with your family."

Aside from that, you'd be far more productive to spend, say, 7-9 with the family while the kids are up and then focus on work for another couple of hours before going to bed. Interrupted work is not productive work; you're just putting in time and fooling yourself that you're "productive".

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