Are there compact flourescent light bulbs that produce the same kind of light as incandescent bulbs?

I'm assuming by 'looks the same as' you mean produces the same kind of light.

Before I can answer your question, I have to introduce these two metrics.

All light bulbs (professionally known as lamps) have a rated Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), which describes the color of the light. The higher the number, the colder or whiter the color. For example, 2750 is the CCT of an incandescent lamp (very yellow and warm), and 5000 is the CCT of daylight (very white and cold).

In addition, all lamps have a rated Color Rendering Index (CRI) from 0 to 100. The higher the number, the more accurate colors appear to the eye. For example, street lighting and parking lot lighting often has really poor CRI, making it hard to tell the different colors; whereas incandescent lamps generally have a high CRI of near 90.

To answer your question, yes, there are compact fluorescents available that produce the same light as incandescents, namely the ones with CCT of around 2700 and CRI of above 80.

See the Sylvania fluorescent catalog to find specific lamps:
http://assets.sylvania.com/asset…

What is a cheap, but good, alternative to Polycom conference phones?

Have you tried out Sqwiggle? It uses the hardware built into your computer to provide really great presence with your team throughout the day. You can also start a video discussion with a single click. I'd recommend taking a look!

Sqwiggle – Remote Working, Collaboration and Communication

Full disclosure: I'm a cofounder

What is the best place to try out ergonomics equipment in San Francisco?

You're right, we're not open weekends.  BUT I'm really expert at helping people find the right products and we have a pretty liberal 30 day return policy. If it's for a corporate purchase, I can come to your site and bring a demo.  I'm a TOTAL expert at SOMA chair fittings – used to work for SOMA and believe in their modular system.  Can do furniture too.  Contact me!

What are the main benefits of standing desks: posture, burning more calories, a greater need to take natural breaks? What sucks about them?

I’ve used a height-adjustable standing desk since 2005. I was first introduced to a standing workstation by my friend and coworker Blaise DiPersia.

I enjoy four main benefits from a standing desk:

  • My productivity and focus is greater because I incur a physical toll when I’m standing. So I’m less likely to surf the internet and clown around on YouTube/Twitter/Quora when I stand. I’m also generally more alert and far less lethargic when I’m on my feet.
  • I am much more mobile when standing. I can dance to music over headphones (no joke) and can regularly adjust my posture and position.
  • Conversations are less awkward because a visitor doesn’t have to stand over me while we chat.
  • Coworkers think that standing desks are novel. A standing desk contributes positively to your workplace reputation: you’re highly visible and people infer that you must have more stamina and dedication because you stand for hours.

I use a LINAK desk at work. http://www.movingdesks.com

What is the best office chair?

I tried a lot of high end office chairs and settled on a Soma Comfort tall back chair. I am tall and have RSI and both of those affected my choice so it might not be the best for you, but it's definitely worth trying out. They don't sell direct so you have to find a place near you that carries them.

There are some pictures here: SomaComfort Tall Back Chair

What online vendor do you find offers the best mix of price/quality options for laser toner cartridges for your office?

Shopping online for laser/toner cartridge needs is best, since you are able to price compare and make a decision based on pricing. Quality can sometimes be difficult to determine, but choosing something for your budget is usually the best way to go. You can find all your ink toner needs as well as other office supplies at Shoplet.

How easy is it to recover a document that has been shredded?

There are numerous levels of paper shredding

  • Level 1 = 12 mm strips OR 11 x 40mm particles
  • Level 2 = 6 mm strips OR 8 x 40mm particles
  • Level 3 = 2 mm strips OR 4 x 30mm particles (Confidential)
  • Level 4 = 2 x 15 mm particles (Commercially Sensitive)
  • Level 5 = 0.8 x 12 mm particles (Top Secret or Classified)
  • Level 6 = 0.8 x 4 mm particles (Top Secret or Classified) (unofficial extension of the DIN 32757-1 standard)

Level 1 takes a piece of paper and turns it into 20 strips.  This is pretty easy, though tedious, to undo.

Level 6 takes a sheet of paper into 270×70=19000 snips.  The shredding causes physical damage to the paper fiber making reading anything very challenging even before dealing with the huge jigsaw puzzle.

I have a level 4 shredder at home and the results look like bedding from a rodent nest.  Make the shredded bits one tenth as large and the shredding  would be more like dust.