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Buckle up. It's no secret that computer use can seriously strain the body, particularly the hands and wrists. Sitting for long stretches doesn't help your back or neck, either. Mr. Washington Inc. of Columbia, Md., has an answer'the 'personal computer seatbelt.' Its TensionAID product hooks over the user's shoulders and wraps partly around the waist, where its base supports the user's hands as well as a mouse. The company says the device directs a user's hands into the most ergonomically advantageous position while providing posture support. To see it, go to www.gcn.com and enter 284 into the GCN.com/search box.

Earth to John. Australian John Ilhan has made millions selling cell phones. Now he wants to pay tribute to his success by putting an apartment building shaped like a giant cell phone up on the Melbourne skyline. The 34-story building would include numbers, end and send buttons, and a rooftop antenna, according to Australia's Herald-Sun. We expect service to the building will be a come-and-go thing. And how come Frank Perdue never got this idea?

In search of. Now that Google is a full-fledged Wall Street denizen, there might be room for an up-and-coming search engine. Anoox could be off to a good start. Not only does it follow the Yahoo and Google tradition of having a funhouse name, but it's a not-for-profit operation that is being developed partly through open-source methods. Annox's promoters also say that its patent-pending, democratic method of generating search result rankings will deliver superior results. The search engine is set for a November launch. To check out the prerelease site, go to www.gcn.com and enter 285 into the GCN.com/search box. Seek us out at [email protected].


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