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Old 08-28-2005, 08:54 PM   #11
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I HATE split keyboards, and I'll bet most people who learned how to type with the "touch" method hate them too. Why? The number 6 is on the wrong side! "6" is a right-hand number, and they have it on the left (at least all the ones I have seen do). I absolutely could not use one for that reason alone. When I first saw them, I couldn't wait to try one, but as soon as I used one they lost their appeal.

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Old 08-29-2005, 01:13 AM   #12
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I learned to touch-type on electric typewriters in highschool! And I absolutely feel gimped when I use a flat keyboard, I love love LOVE the split ones! My split keyboard died a few days ago and I plugged my spare flat one in and I'm still "searching" for the right keys instead of just reaching for them without a thought! I guess it's all about what we get comfortable with. =)


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Old 08-29-2005, 02:35 AM   #13
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Zereh,

You either don't use the numbers much or you just aren't as anal retentive as me!!!

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Old 08-29-2005, 08:44 AM   #14
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I use the numbers quite frequently, but never really noticed a big deal about using the number above the letters, or the 10-keypad. I can use both proficiently.

Speaking of keyboards, does anyone on this forum use a Dvorak keyboard, instead of the standard QWERTY keyboard most folks use? I've heard the Dvorak arrangement is much more eficient than the QWERTY arrangement.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:02 AM   #15
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Allen:

Is that the KB that has the characters arranged according to frequency of use? I've heard about them but never used one. I suppose you could become proficient on the Dvorak just as you have on the QWERTY.

With my finger speed, there has never been a danger of my outpacing the machine. I'm not limited by the arrangement of the letters.
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Old 08-29-2005, 04:00 PM   #16
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Depending on how many numbers and symbols there are in what I am typing I think I generally type around 95 wpm (have timed at 113). My cousin is faster, my husband is slower, so I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I don't know if I could get used to the Dvorak type of keyboard, as I've been using good old QWERTY for about 30 years. I have heard that it is much faster when you get used to it. The reason they came up with the QWERTY arrangement in the first place was to keep people from typing so fast that they would jam the typewriter keys. I'll never forget moving from regular strike keys to the IBM ball. Now we don't have to worry about any of that.

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Old 08-29-2005, 04:04 PM   #17
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The reason they came up with the QWERTY arrangement in the first place was to keep people from typing so fast that they would jam the typewriter keys.
What is a typewriter?
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What is a typewriter?
Don't you just love the blank stares from teenagers when you talk about typewriters, record players, sewing machines, and (in some cases) cooking that doesn't involve a can opener and microwave?

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It really is quite funny!
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Allen:

Is that the KB that has the characters arranged according to frequency of use? I've heard about them but never used one. I suppose you could become proficient on the Dvorak just as you have on the QWERTY.

With my finger speed, there has never been a danger of my outpacing the machine. I'm not limited by the arrangement of the letters.
Yup! That's the one!

I've got to hand it to Barbara. I can only type about 40 - 45 wpm. I hit 50, once, back in high school.

I learned how to type on an electric typewriter / word processor. It was a really exotic looking electric typewriter that also had a small CRT for word processing. After that year, we switched over to DOS-powered computers and used WordPerfect 5.0.

I still have an electric typewriter. The really freaky thing, is that I can only type as fast as the print head types, but as soon as it auto-returns, while the print head shuttles back to the left side, my speed nearly doubles, until the print head starts typing again. I guess being in band for 7 years has me tuned in to the rhythm of the print head.
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