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Today I got fed up with having to hold my arms up needlessly waiting for software to run out a forced timer, causing myself additional pain and frustration.
For reference, I have a bulging disk in my cervical spine, and a host of other muscle/skeletal issues that stem from this. These issues make holding my arms up even to type or use a mouse quite painful and time-sensitive: the longer I do it the more pain I cause myself, and the more quickly I must disengage from the activity. The longer I push this and ignore it, the longer it takes to recover to the point I can resume these activities at all.
The final straw for me this morning was downloading csv and calendar exports for my weekly backups. The delay meant that for each of the many downloads I had to do in series, I had to hold my arms up an additional 3 or so seconds that were completely unnecessary. This turned what should have been a moment or two worth of pain into almost five minutes.
- Open Firefox if not already open
Open a new tab or window, and navigate to
- Change the time in milliseconds to something you find more reasonable (or do as I did and change it directly to "0" to save yourself undue pain)
- Remember to watch what you click "OK" on in future if you are prone to clicking things without paying attention
These kinds of changes are made daily in software and unfairly affect disabled users to a much greater degree. And certainly to a more serious degree than those who implement them can possibly imagine (or in a lot of cases care, as this example illustrates to me). This one finally frustrated me on a day when my pain levels were already intolerable, and I'm glad I took the time to resolve it.
Just because your fix is justified, Jesse/Mozilla, does not make this kind of solution reasonable.