I think you have hit on the right points. I have a password and a screen saver, but people still come up and shake the mouse or tap on the keys. I really like the idea of making the space personal. That may work to differentiate my desk from the public ones.
Hide the keyboard and mouse but also password protect your computer so random people can't use it. Your company should be supportive of a password anyway if you are using this for company information that should not be for public viewing. You could also use a screen saver that has words on it to get a message across. Maybe "NOT FOR PUBLIC USE" would keep more people from using it? I think you are still goign to have the problem of random people walking up a nd tryign to use it no mater what sign you put up. My husband is a computer tech and when he used to oversee computer labs at a college they would have a computer that was off AND had an out of order sign on it, but students would STILL walk up to the computer and move the mouse or touch the keyboard to see if it was working. It must just be a natural response to seeing a computer or something.
ETA: I just thought of this idea too-- if the space right around the computer is only yours to use maybe you can personalize it somehow so it doesn't blend in with the public use computers. Like put family photos between the monitor and the keyboard or something? Also keep some wipes at your desk and wipe down the keyboard and mouse everyday.
jenngolightlyMember Since 13 Sep 2007
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Single mom with two kids. I work full time and go to graduate school.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007 after going to my work's benefit's fair. I did a heal test to find the density of my bones and was surprised when I tested really low. I went to my doctor who found that I had osteoporosis at age 37. We pieced together my extensive medical history and within two weeks I had a confirmed diagnosis - Celiac (she calls it Sprue which gives me the quivers).
It took 10 years to get my correct diagnosis. And it only took a simple heal test at a benefits fair to make it all come together. I also had a new pcp, so I'm sure that helped.
I live in a mixed household with 2 non-gluten-free kids.
Fast forward to May 2010.
I lived a Specific Carbohydrate Diet life for one year. I wasn't feeling very well after almost 3 years on the gluten free diet, so there must have been something else that I couldn't tolerate. I went through skin and blood tests for allergies, but they gave false negatives to everything (later found out I have a specific kind of antibody deficiency that caused this). Plus, I couldn't nail down the offender because I got sick so randomly. The doctor suggested an elimination diet and I chose SCD.
This meant no sugar, lactose, grains, gluten, corn, soy, or starchy veggies for me. I did a lot of home-cooking! This was so much harder than being strictly gluten-free, but I felt wonderful!
Fast forward to May 2011.
I no longer strictly follow the SCD diet, although I mostly eat whole foods and stay away from anything processed and stuff I can't pronounce. I still cook 95% of our meals, but after a year on this elimination diet, I've become a skilled cook.
After a year on the SCD diet, I found that I am allergic to nuts and my other HUGE intolerance is corn.This was the reason I was sick so randomly pre-SCD diet, and why I could never nail-down the offending foods. Corn and nuts are in so many foods - but in varying degrees and in varying forms.
I learned a lot and feel worlds better because of the SCD diet. I highly recommend that Celiacs do an elimination diet (like the SCD diet) for a year if they haven't gotten significantly better from the gluten-free diet, and can't easily nail-down a secondary intolerance. But it takes dedication and perseverance. Make sure you have a strong support system!
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