App of the Week – Pomy

Published On April 2, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

Working in front of a computer screen is damaging to your eyes. Plenty of people spend their entire work day staring at a computer screen. Add to that the hours you spend staring at your phone or tablet at home and, well, you will eventually regret it. Time to do something about it. That is why Pomy is the App of the Week.

One of the draw backs of the information age is the those ever present computer screens. Some people understand the damage done by computer screens and other don’t or simply ignore the problem.

There are all kinds of products on the market supposedly designed to protect your eyes from that screen. Everything from special glasses to screen covers, even special eye exercises and lighting. They might work.

Pomy is a desktop widget-style app for Windows and Mac. It is designed to prevent eye strain by reminding that you’re slowly screwing up your eyes. Pomy blends the Pomodoro method, which breaks big tasks into small manageable chunks, and the 20-20-20 rule recommended by optometrists.

What is the 20-20-20 rule you might ask? It means you spend 20 minutes focusing on your work, followed by 20 seconds relaxing your eyes by focusing on objects 20 feet away. Pomy reminds you of this by turning your screen black so you have to take a break. If you play by the rules.

If you absolutely have to continue working just hit the escape button to return to your screen. The app is there to help you escape potential eye damage but it is not your mother or a cop.

Taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes might get annoying. But in general it’s not a bad idea. Take a break for few seconds from you habitual productivity to keep your eyes productive for the rest of your life.

Pomy is free and available for Apple and Microsoft computers.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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