I'm a fast typist. Ninety words per minute. Take it.
That last line, however, took three minutes to type. It's excruciating. Why?
I'm switching to the Dvorak keyboard layout. For those who don't know, typewriters started out with their keys arranged in an "ABCD" configuration this caused the hammers to bind, so the standard "QWERTY" keyboard was invented.
This layout turns out to be very inefficient for us humans, so a guy named Dvorak came up with a better one. His arrangement requires 90% less finger movement which is better for speed as well as accuracy and not getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
There is a good program I am using called Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor that teaches you how to do it. I will not use the old layout for anything anymore. Burning bridges, baby!
This took 32 minutes to type. Posts may be on the short side for a while.
I'm on day four of this magical adventure and I'm slowly becoming more capable.
I'm averaging around thirty words per minute now in the little typing program, but probably a bit less in real life. At least I don't want to kill myself when I type anymore. It's the little things in life, you know?
It has been really fascinating to learn a new skill, start from scratch, and watch my progress daily. One really interesting thing I've noticed is that my words per minute don't really go up during the day, even though it feels easier as I practice more throughout the day. However, when I wake up the next morning I am much faster.
Take a quick look at these two images, at first glance they look the same.
Now take a closer look. You will soon see some differences in the arrangement of the keys. The first image is the layout of a standard QWERTY keyboard. The second is the layout of the Dvorak keyboard.
What is Dvorak?