Wednesday, October 28, 2020

It's Dvorak keyboard time

 I've been interested in switching to the Dvorak keyboard layout for some time. Today, I was looking through my phone's keyboard settings for other reasons and saw that it supports the Dvorak layout. So I turned it on.

The premise of the Dvorak keyboard, invented in the 1920's, was that it puts the most used keys on the home row. Studies show that 70% of the keys typed in a Dvorak layout are in the home row, whereas the number drops to 32% with our traditional QWERTY keyboard. Obviously, I am slower than crap at the moment because only the 'A' key is where my brain expects it, but I will get better.

I ordered a few sets of keyboard stickers so that I can change the layout of my existing hardware keyboards without spending too much money on a dedicated Dvorak keyboard. I may end up not liking it, so I don't need an expensive unused keyboard lying around.

Although, come to think of it, I have a mechanical keyboard so I can just move the keys around. 

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