Fang Talks


Don’t tell anyone, but I’m learning to use Dvorak.

Why, you ask? There’s no denying I can type faster on Qwerty than literally anything else, but that’s simply because I’m used to it. I’ve had years upon years of practice with it, and I guess with a try-hard peak of 110 words per minute (last time I checked), it’s probably fair to say there isn’t much more Qwerty to learn for me. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m considering making the (not sure if temporary) switch.

Qwerty is notorious for slowing you down by design. Back in the day, typewriters couldn’t handle more than one character every second. Designers of the keyboard kept this in mind, making sure to space keys in such a way that time had to be taking to move fingers from one key to the next. Dvorak attempts to do away with this, placing some of the most commonly used keys on the home row.

Also, I’m no “blind typer”. Yes, I can type without looking at the keyboard, but my hands still dance around it. It’s like a hybrid between the “peck and search” and “typing class” styles of typing. It works fine, but at the end of the day it’s a bad habit, likely to contribute fairly to the amount of strain my hands receive over the day. In learning Dvorak, I’m hoping to learn it like you would in typing class: fingers on the home row and moving from there.

It’s recommended to dive in and switch your layout over permanently right away, but I also have schoolwork to do so no thanks.
~ Fang

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