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post #21 of 28
I am looking at getting my first Dvorak from Unicomp but my family uses QWERTY and I am scared about the confusion this would cause on me as I use both PCs often. frown.gif
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by gl0ry;13718627 
Do you believe that people who type fast learned to type properly? I'm asking because I never even listened to my instructors back in the day because as far as I remember I've always been able to type at over 100 wpm easily with good accuracy.

I have no special technique or form, it just comes natural to me. In fact, I never even have my fingers on the home row keys.
The home keys are a myth.
nobodies body is shaped the same, why would you expect the same position to be best for everyone?
i get cramps if i have my fingers on the 'home keys' instead my home keys are jio[ and leftshift-aef the natural resting place for my hands, using that i've gotten to 95wpm
the 'home row' myth is one of the major things contributing to RSI as people keep their hands locked into an unnatural position to them.
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Originally Posted by gl0ry;13718801 
In fact, the way I hold a pencil isn't even standard...

Could you provide a photo for those of us who are curious?

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Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf;14061530 
I am looking at getting my first Dvorak from Unicomp but my family uses QWERTY and I am scared about the confusion this would cause on me as I use both PCs often. frown.gif

you could always set-up windows so that shift+alt switches keyboard layouts for when you have to use the other PC smile.gif
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Originally Posted by mbudden;13717890 
I thought that it was a common misconception that you achieve a higher WPM with a Dvorak keyboard vs a QWERTY.
I also thought the Dvorak keyboard was made to be more comfortable and help reduce strain?

The reason why they made QWERTY was to slow down the typist kookoo.gif on a typewriter because if they where to fast they would 'jam' the typewriter.
   
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post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by lapengu;13718690 
Alternate Keyings mess up games.. why would you want do use it anyways? QWERTY is fine. To use WASD, you have to reach all over the keyboard.. you can always set the controls different, but its annoying.

lol no, you would remap them in game to
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by vspec;14109351 
lol no, you would remap them in game to

He mentioned that you could remap them, but I agree with his point that it is annoying to do so. Every game is already set to WSAD by default so having to remap every single game every time it is installed after a format gets old and fast.

For instance, I used to be an EDSF guy back when the only FPS I played was Quake ]I[. Now almost every genre uses WSAD in some fashion and some games don't even allow for remapping so I said screw it and switched to the standardized key mappings.
post #26 of 28
the qwerty was designed for comfort and speed, in the context of old school printers that used an array of metal arms to hammer inked letter engravings onto the parchment....the qwerty design enabled speed, not because it was just as o natural to type with those key placings, but because if many of the hammers, if actuated simultaneously, or where they would cross paths at the impact area, would jam up and they'd get stuck. So commonly consequtive keystrokes are alternated oddly around the kb. voila. You young uns. Spoiled. Never those crappy couldnt erase for shiot machines. Anyways, without the hammers, its a different paradigm.

latas
post #27 of 28
Typing "properly" doesn't effect typing speed as far as I know. Albeit, I don't type properly so I wouldn't know, but with two fingers on each hand, I get around 130-150 wpm. When I do try to type properly, I get around 100-110. Maybe it just needs more practice, but I don't think it's worth it at this point. Anyhow, from my experience, people who don't type properly type faster. Not entirely sure why though.
post #28 of 28
Just get any mechanical board and switch out the keycaps for a dvorak set. Presto.

Dunno the qualities of your computer teachers, but I sure as hell wouldn't be able to type @ 120WPM if I hadn't learned from that stupid Mavis Beacon program. But maybe its because my hands are large enough that I can use the fingers that I'm supposed to.
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