hans at fugal.net
Thu Jan 12 19:17:44 MST 2006
I don't often use natural keyboards, but occasionally I will come across
one. Today I did, actually. Aside from the horrendous keypad and
pgup/pgdn block, what really slows me down on a natural keyboard is b.
When I learned to type, Typing Tutor told me that b can be typed by
either hand (it is right in the middle after all). I almost always use
my right index finger for b, and that is a recipe for disaster on a
natural keyboard. And once your finger has fallen off the edge of the
keyboard and perhaps typed an n, your brain has to get involved and that
is certain to bring things to a screeching halt.
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 at 13:50 -0700, Gabriel Gunderson wrote:
> Matthew Walker wrote:
> > Typos get even more interesting when you know how to touchtype on two
> >different keyboard layouts. I know Qwerty and Dvorak, and use them
> >interchangably unless I try and switch layouts at the same computer. My
> >brain has strongly associated each layout with the system I typically use
> >it at, and it's hard to switch. But I still typo sometimes by typing as if
> >I was on the other layout.
> This is less dramatic, but when I use a "standard" keyboard my typing
> slows to a crawl. I'm so accustomed to the "natural" keyboards that I
> have a hard time knowing where my fingers are on a standard. I think it
> has to do with not using the little warts on the "f" and "j" keys for
> finger placement. With the natural my fingers just kinda know where to go.
> I get an "off by one" key on my right hand under my ring and pinkie
> fingers. So when wanting to type "ll" do show a long listing of the
> directory, I will hit a ";;". It's kinda embarrassing when you're
> working at someone's keyboard. Then what will happen is I'll end up
> lifting my right hand to be sure of finger placement (thus the slow to a
> Anyway, my old keyboard is getting ready to be replaced and I'm thinking
> about getting rid of "natural" keyboards all together. Is it just me or
> are they selling less of them anyway? And does anyone else suffer from
> FKBS (Foreign Keyboard Syndrome)?
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> Don't fear the penguin.
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach
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