Learning To Code: From Websites To Cool Apps 2019

Coding

It is never too late to learn how to start coding, and the Internet is filled with free and massively useful resources for every type of learner. We’ve rounded up references, resources, and even apps that you can use to make your study of coding easier.

Coding Websites

If you are interested in website architecture and programming beyond the tweaks afforded by WordPress sites, you need to learn how to hard code.

Luckily, there are websites that are dedicated to newbies who want to know how it’s really done by the pros. We’re not saying that you will master everything in one week, but if other people have done it, why can’t you?

W3 Schools

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W3 Schools is dedicated to providing free resources on HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

It’s a neat website for locating code to accomplish specific things while coding, and it’s a cool reference for all levels of programmers.

What we especially love about this website is that after it provides the instruction on how to code, it has several enrichment sections like exercise and quiz where you can apply the new skill or code, so you can find out if you truly understood the information.

Code Academy

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Java is one of the oldest and most useful programming languages that is used for almost every imaginable application, from websites to creating apps for mobile phones.

The earlier operating systems for mobile phones used Java extensively to deliver rich mobile experiences to users. Java is influenced by C++, its predecessor, and its latest iterations have improved the issues that have bugged it since inception, including slower implementation.

If you want to learn how to code Java, Code Academy is offering its own Learn Java tutorials. Their tutorial includes the Java Program Structure, Variables and Data Types, Object-Oriented Java, and more. There’s also a premium/paid upgrade option for people who want more resources.

Learn Python

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Like Java, Python is a versatile programming language that is used mainly for websites, mobile devices, and other experience-rich digital interfaces. It has been described as easy to learn and vital for the well-rounded programmer.

Several digital boot camps and courses online offer Python, including Learn Python. LearnPython.Org is an interactive training course for people who want to learn how to code Python.

The syllabus includes the basics, data science tutorials, advanced tutorials, and more.

You will learn about variables and types, lists, basic operators, string formatting, numpy arrays, pandas basics, list comprehensions, and other aspects of Python programming that will turn you from newbie to expert in no time.

LearnCPP

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C++ is the grand daddy of programming languages, and remains an important language that every serious programmer should consider learning, right after HTML, CSS, and Java. C++ is used not just for browsers and Web applications, but also for PC games, and animations.

It is one of the most developed languages around, and we owe many of the best games in several generations to C++.

Learn C++ is a free resource for people who want to know more about this programming language. The lessons, which are already laid out in the home page of the website, are divided into chapter and sub-chapters.

You will learn about compilers, linkers, and libraries, and how you can configure these three important aspects of C++. There are also tutorials on the technical aspects of C++, like the statements and structures of a program, and how literals and operators work.

Coding Android Apps

Android apps are actually built using different programming languages, with Java receiving the most support from Google at the moment. Which is not to say that you are stuck with using “just” Java. You can also use the following programming languages, like Kotlin, C/C++, C#, BASIC, Corona/LUA, and PhoneGap.

Kotlin is considered the ‘second best’ language for Android programming, as it also uses the Java Virtual Machine and is lauded for having a system that is easier to read and its code is also more streamlined.

Kotlin is great for people who are just beginning to learn how to code with Java, because it doesn’t even mind if you don’t terminate lines with the semicolon. For beginning programmers, any bit of help is important.

Developers Training

Developers Training

This is one of the best places to get free training on Java and Kotlin, specifically for creating Android apps. You will start with Android Kotlin Fundamentals, followed by Android Developer Fundamentals, Advanced Android Development, and more.

The modules are self-paced, and you can take as much time as you need in each modules if you are a self-taught programmer.

They also have an Android Development for Beginners course, and an Android Basics Nanodegree program that you can sign up for. All in all, the Developers Training page is a pretty neat resource for anyone who wants to create Android apps.

Udacity Android Basics

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Udacity is also offering several courses on Android development, including its Android Basics course.

We recommend websites like Udacity (because there are several other online schools that offer similar courses) if you want a very structured approach to learning.

Some people like the freewheeling method of learning, of getting resources from different sources at varying speeds. Others simply don’t thrive with this approach, so if you are one such programmer, then there is no harm in signing up for more structured classes.

BONUS: Apps for Developing Android Apps (What?!)

It was bound to happen of course. There are now apps that help developers code and test their apps.

Open your Play Store and check out the following apps to see which you need right now to get started:

  • Android Studio
  • ADB (Android Debug Bridge)
  • AVD Manager
  • Eclipse
  • Fabric
  • FlowUp
  • Gamemaker: Studio
  • Genymotion
  • Gradle
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Instabug
  • LeakCanary
  • NimbleDroid
  • RAD Studio
  • Stetho
  • Source Tree
  • Unity 3D
  • Unreal Engine
  • Visual Studio with Xamarin
  • Vysor

These are all powerful and useful apps with different uses, and each one contributes to a different phase in Android app development.

DIY Fragrance: How To Start Making Your Own Cologne Scents

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How do you go about making your own diy fragrances to have your own personal cologne? That’s something we are going over inside this article.

Colognes and perfumes are probably the most special of gifts that you can give anyone, more so if you prepare the gift yourself. Is it possible to craft beautiful scents, colognes, and perfumes at home?

The answer is yes, because the process of creating perfumes is actually simpler than you may think. The methods and materials aren’t that expensive either.

Of course, you can always scale up your production if you feel like experimenting with signature scents. Is that a small and meaningful enterprise peeping around the corner? We think so!

The science of scents

A single perfume is a blend or mixture of different scents, with one or more scents representing a layer or level within the harmony of scents.

The various levels of scents are called “notes” and each level of notes has a different function and impact. The three levels of scents or notes are: base (or foundation), middle, and top.

Base notes

In terms of proportion, the volume of oils that produce the base notes is the highest, followed by the middle notes and top notes.

Base notes are also responsible for giving the perfume its lingering power, and this is what you smell four or five hours after the application of perfume, when the middle notes and top notes have all evaporated.

Base notes are memorable and usually milder than middle and top notes. Patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk are all used frequently as base notes for all kinds of perfumes from DIY to expensive signature perfumes.

Middle notes

The middle notes are sandwiched between the base notes and top notes. What middle notes do is they set the theme for the perfume.

In music, we can compare middle notes to bass, as bass gives body and character to music even if we don’t really discern the middle notes that much when we apply perfume.

Perfume experts also call the middle notes the core or spirit of the perfume, and they comprise the powerful layer of scents that appear when the top notes begin to fade away.

This layer of scents also determines what general category a perfume belongs to.

A perfume can be considered woody (usually the theme of long-lasting men’s colognes), floral (very common with scents for women from different age groups, but the nature and concentration of the middle notes differ depending on the target market), oriental (usually comprised of a combination of themes and some hints of spice), and so on.

Examples of scents used as the middle layer of perfumes include jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, and coriander.

Top notes

And finally, we have the top notes. The top notes represent the fragrance that hits you first when you apply perfume. This strong layer provides a lot of impact on first application, but soon disappears after a quarter of an hour.

Take note that top notes are not the heaviest of the scent layers; it is often striking, but it remains relatively light and ethereal compared to middle notes and base notes.

The main function of top notes is to get the person interested in the perfume. The quick dissipation of the top notes is also necessary as a transitioning from the introduction of the perfume toward the core or spirit of the perfume.

Examples of top notes include clary sage, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, and so on.

Preparation and blending guidelines

Creating DIY colognes and perfume at home would be more fun if you can follow our best practices for blending scents and oils. Don’t worry, they’re easy to follow.

1. Before buying the essential oils

Familiarize yourself with the different levels or notes, and then the commonly used essential oils for each type of note.

If possible, visit an aromatherapy or perfume supply store to sample and smell the oils yourself. Through constant exposure you will be able to understand how scents affect each other, and how interactions between notes occur.

2. Blend the oils in the proper order.

The first one that goes into the beaker are the oil/s that comprise your base notes, followed by the middle notes. The final layer will be the top notes.

In terms of ratio, the base notes should comprise only twenty percent of the total, followed by the middle notes at fifty percent, and finally, thirty percent for the top notes.

You might be wondering: why is there so much more of the middle notes than the base notes? The reason for this is that base notes often have long lingering power, and you wouldn’t want to overpower the concoction with the base notes.

3. Blend the right number of scents.

You can combine up to four different scents at once.

The ratio of your blending will determine which scent belongs to which level. There are no hard and fast rules in combining, but if you are after a particular scent, check out recipes online or in books.

4. The base notes do not correspond to the carrier oil.

The carrier oil, or the oil that combines all the different notes, usually have a very mild or almost neutral scent.

A perfect example of carrier oil for perfume would be jojoba oil. As long as the oil is nearly or virtually odorless, it can be used for making perfume.

The mixing of the different oils is also easier if you add alcohol to the mix. Surprisingly, perfume makers use ethanol (the kind of alcohol you can drink) but in high proof versions.

If you can find 80-proof or 100-proof vodka, that would be perfect for creating perfumes. The vodka will be the catalyst that allows the entire concoction to come together seamlessly.

5. Use only glass containers when creating perfumes.

Dark or colored glass is preferable especially if you are not familiar with how certain oils interact with heat and light.

Keep your raw materials and perfume-making supplies safely stored away from direct sunlight and from pets and small children. Droppers and beakers should also be stored well away from small hands and animals.

Creative Tips for Live Streaming Games on Mixer 2019

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So you want to create the perfect channel for live streaming your games, and monetize on Mixer.

While YouTube has recently restricted its policies with regards to monetizing videos, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to succeed, even if it might take a while before you reach the kind of viewership that you’ve dreamed of. This is why I would look at Mixer or Twitch for live streaming.

We all begin somewhere, and it’s imperative that you have the right kind of mindset to keep on keeping on with your dreams of being a successful Mixer act.

Here are our tips to make your live streaming of videos more engaging and interesting to your videos:

1. Do it like the champs

The best gamers on Mixer have a lot of views and subscribers simply because they love the games they play and they can entertain the viewers at the same time.

Watch how the older channels did it and emulate from the point that they began attracting millions of views.

There is a period of learning required before gamers get the hang of it, but this learning curve doesn’t have to take months or years. By paying attention to the best practices of other channels, you stand to succeed more quickly than others who want to reinvent the wheel.

2. Have a solid concept every time

People click on videos because they find the premise or concept behind the video interesting.

So you can’t just publish the same type of stream again and again without at least highlighting what is important or memorable for that particular stream. Whether it’s a fierce battle or a weird occurrence on Minecraft (this really depends on what you’re actually playing), give the viewers something to be excited about even before they watch the video.

3. Try to be as unique as possible

While no one can be completely unique especially if they are just streaming games that other gamers are already streaming or recording, you can be unique in how you present your perspective of the game itself.

People love perspective, because it gives them something to focus on. Even if the execution is less than perfect, selling a concept to people or perspective, at least, will go a long way. While it’s true that people don’t watch other gamers play badly, “playing well” can be recast again and again in different ways.

4. Develop a skill for creating killer thumbnails

While this doesn’t have anything to do with the actual streaming, your video thumbnails actually play a huge role in determining the success of a video if you are after a lot of views, fast.

People expect to see a summary of sorts of the video when they look at the video thumbnail. In short, they want to get a feel as to what the video is about by gauging the only image they have prior to clicking the video link. As much as possible, get them in the mood for watching by presenting something odd, crazy, unique, or funny that has occurred in the video itself.

We want people to think that they are in for a treat when the click the video link. However, we do recommend to live streamers that they should be careful about overpromising. We don’t want to overpromise – we simply want to entice people to click and watch.

If your video thumbnail and the actual content of the video are two planets apart, people will likely be angry and you will have no control on the dislikes. You can turn of commenting on the video, but we don’t really want that. Comments are a signal for ranking videos on Mixer and as much as possible we want people to interact with you or with other viewers in the comments thread.

5. Pay attention to how you project yourself

You don’t have to be ruggedly handsome or extremely pretty to get views (though we can’t deny that these help build a following, especially in the gaming community). What you may lack in rugged handsomeness or prettiness, you can definitely make up for in personality.

People love personalities in the online world and it doesn’t matter if the personality that you are using while gaming has nothing to do with your real life personality.

Think of yourself as an actor in a movie and just perform for your viewers. This is a good mindset when diving into this world because ultimately, we want to be people pleasers as much as possible. People have to love the character you are projecting and the accompanying personality before they can be loyal to your channel and the video content that you are producing.

6. Be a natural

Yes, we know that not everyone is a natural when it comes to being on camera, and gamers can be really demanding. But that’s the thing: if non-actors have done it in the past, why can’t you? The trick is to be comfortable in your own skin.

You can’t really offer the world anything that you are not, you can just show them the products of your creativity. But as to who you are on camera, that’s totally, one hundred percent you.

If you feel that it’s tough being alone in a room and trying to entertain a crowd that you can’t see, think of the process this way: you have a friend in the room (the camera) and you really want to hold an entertaining and light conversation with this person.

Think of the other person as someone who is really interested in what you have to say and you should be good. If your mind is in the right place when you shoot videos, your verbal language and nonverbal language will follow suit.

You will smile more frequently; you will try to make “eye contact” with your viewers, etc. These are the basics of a good conversation in the real world, and the rules don’t change when you are shooting a video of yourself playing a game.

Picking Gear for Beginner’s Photography 2019

Photography Gear

Photography is an amazing hobby to pick up, and for decades now, people have found happiness learning about this wonderful art.

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate practitioner of photography, it pays to know the different types of gear needed to perform specific actions while photographing subjects or objects.

The Camera

There are two general types of cameras in the market: the DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera and the point and shoot camera.

DSLR cameras are more expensive, but offer the highest level of adaptability when you are challenging yourself to accomplish more things with your photography.

This is not to say that point and shoot cameras aren’t dependable; the common user shoots with a PNS camera and endless photos have been produced, and memories kept, with these lower-cost cameras.

The main advantage of higher-tier DSLR cameras is they are able to render RAW files (great for post-processing) instead of just JPEG (many experts now say that high quality JPEGS are rivaling RAW files) and you have the option of switching lenses.

A good example of a camera body with an 18-55 mm stock lens, 2 pieces SanDisk 32 GB memory cards and additional photography accessories would be the Canon EOS Rebel T7 Camera Bundle.

Different kinds of lenses accomplish different feats. Your regular stock lens (the one that came with the camera body that you purchased) is usually alright for basic landscape shots, portraits, and a little macro photography if you like taking photos of flowers and smaller objects.

However, they aren’t good for taking close-ups of far away objects, and it would be difficult to shoot some wider scenes with stock lenses. For the former, you’d need a telephoto lens, and for the latter, a wide angle lens.

What about point and shoot cameras? Point and shoot cameras have just one, built-in lens and the zooming function is digital, meaning, the lens isn’t the one doing the magnification, it’s the built-in computer.

Basically, when you zoom in an image while shooting, the computer in the camera just cuts away portions of the image and magnifies it. What results is often a grainy shot with lower quality light and color.

There are different makes of digital cameras, so we don’t recommend that you get the cheapest ones as that would usually mean they sacrificed on the optics side of the gadget. Check out Canon’s take on the classic family point and shoot: the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera that comes with a SanDisk 64 GB memory card, point & shoot camera case and flexible tripod.

The Tripod

If you are tired of shaky and bad-looking shots, it’s time you learned to shoot with a tripod. Tripods are mechanical stabilizers, and they keep everything as still as possible while making a shot. Whether you are shooting portraits or landscape scenes, a reliable tripod would be your best partner while practicing photography.

If you are rocking a DSLR with a heavy lens, we recommend sturdier tripods like the Vanguard Alta Pro or the Neewer Carbon Fiber tripod.

If you are using a point and shoot, you can still use these heavier tripods, but if you don’t want the heft, you can opt for smaller versions like the Geekoto 77” Tripod.

Remote Shutter Release

The remote shutter release connects to your camera via infrared and triggers the completion of a shot. There are wired and wireless versions of the remote shutter release. Why do you need this?

Well, some shots are better made with the image composed on the display and no one touching the camera body. Using a remote shutter release eliminates shakes/vibrations that can have small but visible effects on the final product.

Many remote shutter releases are universal, meaning they work with most brands of cameras like Nikon, Leica, or Canon. Others are made for specific families of cameras, like the VILTROX wired/wireless shutter release, which works for the Canon 80D, 77D, 60D, T6i, etc. Then we have Nikon-dedicated shutter releases like the AODELAN Wireless Shutter Release for the D5300, D5600, D7500, and so on.

External Flash Unit

While it’s true that balancing light with the cold light of flash can be difficult at times, an external flash unit is an absolute blessing when you are shooting objects and some portraits.

External flash units can be mounted on a tripod and activate when it senses the built-in flash from the camera body, or they can be triggered via IR manually using their own remote control. You can also mount an external flash unit on the camera body itself, as an alternative to the smaller and weaker built-in flash.

There are many off-brand external flash units available for photographers and each one has different features that will help enrich your experience with photography. Some great examples of these would be the Neewer TT560or the Altura Photo Professional Flash Kit.

Diffusers

Diffusers help spread light more evenly and reduce the harsh glare associated with the bright white light of camera flash. There are many types of diffusers; some are designed for the built-in flash of cameras while others are built for the external flash unit.

The most basic take on the diffuser would be the single-unit diffusers like the Movo Photo SB3 Universal On-Camera Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. Then there are more ornate designs that cover the entirety of the speedlite, like the Neewer Camera Speedlite Flash Softbox and Reflector Diffuser Kit.

The majority of diffusers are made from plastic, so they will be pretty cheap, unless you are using a ring flash, which goes around the lens of the camera. An example of this would be the PLOTURE Flash Light with LCD Display Adapter Rings and Flash Diffusers.

We suggest you get a few of them and try them out first to see which ones are the best for your specific uses. The effect of diffusers will vary slightly from one design to another, and it’s essential that you are able to compare the performance of different diffusers before settling on using one more frequently.

Doomsday Prepping: How Would You Do In A Zombie Apocalypse?

Zombie Apocalypse

While zombie apocalypses are definitely an overused trope in movies, it’s definitely not entirely fiction because mankind’s history is filled with events that can be comparable to a zombie apocalypse.

Zombies notwithstanding, people need to realize that at any time, things may go awry, and they need to be prepared for the worst.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared, right? In the tradition of shows like Doomsday Preppers, here’s our rundown of tips and recommendations to improve your chances of survival during a zombie apocalypse.

Water

Assuming that you have to leave home and drink water from a river, pond, stream, or any other body of water, you definitely need to have a method of purifying water.

The basic methods of purifying water so it becomes potable are: filtration, distillation, and boiling. However, assuming also that you don’t have access to the equipment needed for these, you need to have to a handier and more convenient method of instant filtration.

For the short term, you can use mini purifying systems so you can drink directly from the source of water. A longer term solution would be to purify the water with germicidal tablets and even activated charcoal.

There are certainly many methods of rendering water safe for consumption, and in a wilderness situation where you have to leave home because it is no longer safe to stay put, water should definitely be the first thing on your list of priorities.

Food

A doomsday scenario would mean that food availability is low, and you have to rely on your own stores of food to survive. Basically it will boil down to how many calories you can spare per day, while maintaining mobility and as much normalcy as possible in your daily activities.

Obviously it’s going to be more difficult if there are several individuals in the family. A larger family would require larger stores of food.

A doomsday cache of food should contain food supplies that require little to no cooking. If you have prepared butane gas for a portable stove, then a little cooking might be possible, but the safest bet is to store food that will keep for a long, long time even without refrigeration.

Of course if you live in a temperate country like the United States where the temperature is generally cool unless you live in places like Florida or Arizona, you will be able to keep food longer.

In addition to the usual sources of protein and carbohydrates like canned beans, fruit, and animal protein, it might also be a good idea to add emergency rations to your stash of doomsday food supply. Emergency rations are specially manufactured food that brings a lot of calories per serving than regular servings of food.

For example, if a can of beans can bring you 700 calories, an emergency ration can provide 3,500 calories in one go.

While it is definitely impractical to rely on this type of food for the long haul, such food would be essential if you are faced with an emergency situation where obtaining and consuming food is difficult and delayed, but you have to keep moving because of safety concerns.

Your Bug Out Backpack and Tools

Storage will play a huge role in keeping things stable in the event of a zombie apocalypse… or any other doomsday event, take your pick. You definitely need at least one sturdy backpack when you need to bugout from your home.

A reliable backpack has the following characteristics: there’s plenty of storage space, numerous compartments, and the build of the bag has to be built for carrying large quantities of supplies and equipment for long periods of time.

A waterproof lining is extremely useful, as you never know where exactly you are going to be when you are bugging out.

You can be in a safe shelter (which is desirable) or you can be somewhere where there’s no roof over your head, and that can be a problem if you have dry clothes, matches, and other things in your backpack that need to stay dry in order to be usable.

You might be interested in acquiring neat new technologies like permanent matches that can be used again and again, or simpler setups like windproof matches in plastic jars.

It’s also important to have a multi-function knife available at all times, because you will be relying on tools like this one if you find yourself in a wilderness situation where you have to build shelter, build a fire, catch food, cook food, etc.

Basically, your storage needs to have the basic tools and equipment necessary to keep you alive assuming that you will be away from home or from any modern, equipped human habitation for days or even weeks.

To facilitate the building of primitive shelters, you may want to buy a hammer axe and other “off grid tools” that are designed specifically for work when no other modern tools and electricity are available.

We wouldn’t recommend any tools that requires gasoline or other fuel in order to work (even batteries), because the assumption is that during a doomsday event, fuel and electricity are hard to come by.

Of course with lighting devices like flashlights you need a stash of batteries in order to be able to use them. Or if you really want to have AC electricity on the go, you may be interested in acquiring a portable solar setup for charging gadgets, like the SUAOKI Quick Charge device that combines the fast charging feature of mobile charging docks and the conventional technology of converting DC energy to AC energy on the fly.

And of course, let’s not forget that you need a first aid kit, too. In addition to bandages and medical tape, your first aid kit should also contain your medication for existing conditions and over the counter medication like antacids, aspirin, etc. Check out cool versions of the classical first aid kit like the Trauma Kit and decide what you need the most.

How To Create an Ergonomic PC Gaming Setup At Home 2019

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If you are into training for eSports or just downright in love with gaming on your PC, there are a couple of things that you should get and do to create a an ergonomic PC gaming setup. In this blog post, we will be tackling the specifics of an ergonomic setup that will reduce the stress on your joints, and improve your overall well-being even if you are engaged in gaming for long periods of time.

Positioning Your Keyboard

The keyboard is probably the most used peripheral device of the PC, and whether you are working or playing, your hands will be connected to this input device the moment you want to get things done. But the problem is the keyboard is also the primary source of strain and pain for gamers. How do you position the keyboard so there is less strain on your wrist and fingers?

The solution is to re-position the keyboard about three inches above your knees. Ideally, your keyboard should be around the same height as your bellybutton so your shoulders, forearms and all associated joints don’t have to work harder just to keep your hands aloft.

What about wrist rests? Unfortunately despite the convenience that wrist rests seem to provide, they actually double the amount of carpal tunnel strain, so you can do away with a keyboard that has one.

Instead of a wrist rest, what you really need is an arm support attachment for your gaming chair that will support your arms near the elbows, so your shoulder muscles can naturally relax even when your hands are really busy.

We recommend mechanical keyboards like the CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are an excellent alternative to membrane-type keyboards and they are also more responsive, with the added benefit of the clicking sounds that allow the user to know when a key has been registered. Great for both gaming and typing.

Ergonomic Gaming Desk

Obviously, you are going to need a table that can be repositioned where your new gaming chair is going. Height adjustment is paramount, so we don’t really recommend office tables for gaming.

If you want, you can try desks like the Eureka Ergonomic Z2 Gaming Desk, which has a unique Z-shaped design for added stability, cable organization features, a cup holder, and other cool features. The important thing here is you can level the surface of the table to reduce the strain on your wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders.

On the other hand, if you feel that you still are not getting the right type of relief from the new table, you may want to think of ways to craft a keyboard stand on your own that would extend mechanically from the table.

This would take a little DIY know-how, but it’s not impossible, technically. All you will need are a few hinges, screws, a slab of wood, and some mechanical knowledge to make the setup retract and extend as needed. If you are DIY-inclined, this would definitely be a good weekend project to try.

Is There Such A Thing As A Ergonomic Gaming Mouse?

Technically, yes, however their a very awkward feeling. At least to me. 

I would just go with your favorite gaming mouse and try to take necessary steps to make it comfortable on your wrist.

If you love playing Minecraft and RPG games on your PC like Diablo, the mouse is going to be mashed like nothing before. Unfortunately, improper placement of the mouse can also cause wrist pressure and strain, which will eventually wear down your joints. Have no fear: the solution is actually easy.

To improve the ergonomics of your mouse, simply transfer it to the same level as the keyboard (three inches above the knee). This should reduce the strain nicely. Also, try to shop around for a mouse that feels comfortable when you use it. Different hand types and sizes lend well to different mouse models.

If you are looking for a programmable gaming mouse with just the right heft, feel, and number of programmable buttons, check out the Razer Mamba Elite Wired Gaming Mouse. It has a 16,000 DPI optical sensor, Chroma RGB lighting, a total of nine programmable buttons and best of all – sensitive, mechanical switches.

Ergonomic Gaming Monitor

The distance of your monitor will depend largely on your eyes, and how you see. Some people are near-sighted, others far-sighted, and still some are just sensitive to light so they get migraines frequently when exposed to the light of the computer screen for long periods of time.

The general rule of thumb here is to position the monitor in such a way that your eyes can see the characters clearly, but the eye strain due to light exposure is reduced.

We recommend a monitor such as ASUS ROG PG279Q 27″ Gaming Monitor Adjustable Ergonomic EyeCare G-SYNC.

The minimum distance would be the distance from your shoulder to your wrist, or to some who require the monitor to be farther away, from the shoulder to the tip of the fingers.

This is only a general calibration of the distance, and you should still check if you can see the monitor comfortably. If the monitor is too far, then that’s not good either as your eyes will have to work double time to see what’s on the screen clearly.

Ergonomic Gaming Chair

We don’t have to tell you anymore how long gamers can stay in one position just to have their fill of gaming in a day.

Unfortunately, poor posture while gaming can lead to a variety of progressive and degenerative conditions, including scoliosis and joint inflammation. The basic rule for long periods of sitting down is that the feet have to be flat on the ground, or placed on a relaxed incline.

Having a footrest isn’t a bad idea, either. Your hips and knees should also be parallel to the ground, so the strain on your waist and spine is reduced. Too much pressure on any part of your body can result in sluggish blood flow or circulation, or even a complete disruption or blockage.

The backrest should also be adjusted; aim for ninety to one hundred twenty degrees for maximum comfort and support. Do not lean too far back that your back feel stretched unnaturally. Follow the natural flow of your spinal column and you should be fine.

If you are looking for a gaming chair that’s not too fancy but still does the job right, we recommend the Essentials Racing Style Leather Gaming Chair. Support for the lumbar spine is essential for reducing back pain after long periods of playing on the PC.

Conclusion 

Aside from the ergonomic setup, make sure you have the essentials for a good gaming setup. This includes a good headset, a gaming tower with good airflow & of course good internal components such as gpu, cpu etc..