I used to be able to type very fast on my old ThinkPad... but the new one has a poor quality keyboard. I still got over 75wpm on it, though.
Personally, I love the classic old IBM clicky keyboard. Not to mention those things are built to last a thousand years. And for some odd reason people give them away, so you can find them in thrift shops for $1.99 quite easily!
I would have expected there to be less people at the lower end though. Perhaps the test was flawed in that there were insufficient semi-colons and no brackets whatsoever.
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That was the big drawback for me too. Any keys that you hit without your fingers on the home row are hard to get at unless you paint on the Dvorak letters or something. I ended up just memorizing Ctl+"I", Ctl+"B", Ctl+">" etc.
I've been using Dvorak for almost 4 years. The first few weeks were slow, but I found it easy enough to learn. I too think that it's easier on the hands and wrists. And I can crank out ~50 wpm no problem.
I also like the extra 'security' it brings, as it's virtually impossible for someone to jump on my machine and start typing away (unless they know the keyboard shortcut to change to QWERTY)
I highly recommend anyone who plans on programming long term to give it a try, given that your fingers only move a third of the distance as opposed to QWERTY. If you are going to be typing all your life, that's a lot less wear and tear on your body.
Or stick with the layout designed to make you type slower and pay the price...
rightgit wrote: given that your fingers only move a third of the distance as opposed to QWERTY
Maybe if you code only in VB and therefore don't need any punctuation other than . and ,
In C you hit Shift a lot (CapitalizingWordsInVariableNames) and use non-alphabetic symbols all the time, none of which (aside from semicolon) are on home keys in either layout. In fact, in Dvorak, semicolon isn't on a home key, so you'll be reaching more (although after a few months you'll have a really well-developed left pinky)
When copying text like that, I am actually ridiculously slower than if I have a thought and go with it (i.e., not copying someone else's thoughts). I would guess that at full speed, not impeded by my eyes and brain, I can type about twice as fast as I did copying (about 50 WPM).
"Those that say a task is impossible shouldn't interrupt the ones who are doing it." - Chinese Proverb
I write with my left hand. When I type, I use all of the fingers on my right hand, but only the middle finger of my left. Also, to shift case, I don't use the left shift key at all; I always use the right one (you can tell, because on my 10 year old keyboard, the text on the key is entirely worn off). If I use any Ctrl/Alt/Shift combinations, they come from the left hand.
It drives my mother nuts to watch me type; she's a classically trained typist, who in her heyday could manage 90 wpm on a mechanical typewriter. On IBM Selectrics (the Mercedes Benz of typewriters), she topped out somewhere around 110-130 wpm.
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