Good lord! How old is Apple’s ergonomics page?! - Macenstein

Good lord! How old is Apple’s ergonomics page?!

Wow. It looks like Apple’s ergonomics web page predates the internet. Is that an Apple II that 1st guy is using? No wonder he’s suffering from “lightning bolt neck”.

Oddly, besides that Apple II-looking thing, there’s not a Mac to be found in any of Apple’s “ergonomic no-no’s” drawings. I suppose the indication here is that unlike PCs, it is impossible for a Mac to cause harm to a human. I think its the 1st law of Mac computing or something.

25 Responses to “Good lord! How old is Apple’s ergonomics page?!”
  1. SirCrumpet says:

    Hah – Great find…

    Must of been an *especially* slow day for you if you spent it trolling the apple about pages 🙂

  2. Tell me about it, SirCrumpet.
    You have no idea how hard it is to keep up this insane level of quality on a daily basis..
    -The Doc

  3. It’s even funnier than you think.

    The terminal featured in the example on the lower left appears to be an IBM 3278, which means Apple was
    actually flirting with the then-enemy IBM when writing the page!

    (You still see the ghost of the old 3278 in the various banking and inventory control systems. Whenever you see
    a screen with inscrutable prompts and fixed with fonts with a black background, you’re most likely looking at
    a 3278 display, even when you’re seeing it on a PC or Mac).

  4. David says:

    Apple really can’t update those pages because the majority of their sales today come from ergonomic nightmares: notebook computers.

  5. Jonro says:

    What is that thing with a wire coming out of the man’s ear? Is it part of his neural interface or is it some ancient communications device?

  6. Ryan says:

    Actually, considering the majority of their sales are now portables, they should change those illustrations to a guy using a Macbook 🙂

  7. Anon says:

    If I asked you to duck my sick,

    reversing the s and d of course dummy.

    In 30 years would you be wondering how OLD my request is?

    Same diff moron.

  8. Anon,

    Well, yes, actually. Probably even more than with Apple’s ergonomics page, in fact.
    If I were into that sort of thing, odds are you would be pushing at least 50 or 60 by then, and odds are age would be an issue.
    But then, I’m shallow.

    -The Doc

  9. LeAstrale says:

    It seems that apple has actually removed the page and just written plain text now.

  10. Rowlings says:

    LeAsrale, you need to click those side links to see the pics, they are on the sub pages.

  11. newbill123 says:

    Using your own products on a page like this could lead to the legal argument that they were designed with known defects. The focus is clearly supposed to be on the problematic positions the human is using. Demonstrating that even your competitors’ products have these problems is probably the best way of giving advice without incriminating yourself.

  12. It’s not as if this page really needs updating. All of the issues with good posture are the same as they were in the 1980s, so it’s hardly surprising that the images weren’t updated. It’s not as if the webpage looks like it was created with 1980s web design tools, it just has content that didn’t really need to be changed.

    Slow news day, indeed.

  13. Binny V A says:

    “Lightning Bolt Neck” – I wish I had one of those.

  14. Charles says:

    Let me ask you a question: how much has the human body changed since those drawings were made?

    The ergonomics are the same, even if the illustrations are lame.

  15. maybe Psystar has a better ergonomics page

  16. they list a common cause of having a bent neck when working, as being unable to touch type.

    i love their simple to the point mac styled solution. “learn to touch type”

  17. david says:

    The drawing of the guy squinting at the PC (?) is a joke. The screens on the first Macs were so small you could hardly see the letters. You had to put your face right up to the screen.

  18. coyo7e says:

    The “PC” in the lower pictures could be one of several different models of old Apple and Mac machines. The Apple IIgs for example, or at least a dozen PowerPC types.

  19. sodapop says:

    This is kinda a lame story. I didn’t know ergonomics were limited to Macs…

  20. MOAT says:

    I hate lightning bolt neck! I’ve got an iMac though. The screen is so huge that it is impossible to get neck
    pains though, pretty sweet. Good find.

  21. Gordons says:

    apple seems to have “removed” these images, if they even existed in the first place ….

  22. John S says:

    Gordons: the images are on the linked pages accessible on the right of the page linked to. A little searching would have found them quickly.


  23. iPod Quiz says:

    I just checked on archive and the images still exist and all the dates are there if any of you go and check it out

  24. MeThink says:

    Me thinks you need to get a life instead of sitting in front of the computer looking for crap like this!

  25. Michael says:

    Lighting bolt neck is nothing compared to Thunder Cheeks. *runs for cover* I love the idea of Apple intimating that only PC are saddled with ergonomic issues.

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