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Dvorak keyboard, morning day 2

So, now I know the home row and can touch most keys without too much thought.  In the long run, I know this will be much better on my hands and I will type faster, but in the meantime it is quite frustrating.  It is especially difficult to type German, because I have to concentrate on German at the same time.  At least with my customized layout, I can now type in English, Esperanto, German, and Spanish without changing keyboard layouts.  ...and yes this post has been typed entirely in Dvorak, mostly without looking at the keyboard!


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Apr. 26th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
When I first switched to Dvorak, I was afraid of my computer for a while. Now I can switch back and forth between Dvorak and Qwerty pretty easily. I certainly prefer Dvorak, though. I stopped having wrist pains when I switched.
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Cool. :)
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Someday I would like to do the same.
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Keep it up! I try as much as possible to type dvorak everywhere I go, including my laptop keyboard (which I can't physically rearrange for dvorak), and while I can't say that it's made a big impact on my typing speed, the comfort of my wrists is well worth it.
Apr. 27th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
i looked up a picture and i'm interested, how does rearranging the keys help/prevent wrist pain?
Apr. 27th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
I think this quote explains it pretty well:

Dvorak estimated that the fingers of an average typist in his day travelled between 12 and 20 miles on a qwerty keyboard; the same text on a Dvorak keyboard would require only about one mile of travel.

Taken from: http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/Dvorak/
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
interesting! i never even thought about that.
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Just leave it to an übergeek to expose you to more strange ideas.... :)
May. 8th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
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