I've taken it upon myself to try learning the Dvorak keyboard. I have to say, It's a slow and arduous process at first. My brain is already heavily trained on qwerty, and that makes the transition tricky. So far, it has taken me 10 minutes to connect to this server (via a shell), and another twenty just to type up this paragraph.
Why then, you may ask, do I torture myself so? Well, it's probably a matter of geek pride more than anything else, but it's something I've wanted to learn for a while. It's well known that the Dvorak keyboard is faster to type on than the Qwerty model, and less stressful on the hands. My interest in this was recently rekindled by an article on BoingBoing, which links to a rather amusing comic strip about it.
So we'll see how far it goes before I curl up into a fetal position and shiver in the corner. Actually, I'm already seeing a fairly significant improvement just in typing this blog. That being said, I think both my brain and my hands have had enough of a workout on the subject for today, so I will end my writings here.
The fight continues... Albeit a winning battle. A slow battle yes, but a winning one. I'm definitely typing faster, although still quite slow.
It's quite interesting how the mind wraps itself around these things. When I first learned how to type, it was of course on a "qwerty" keyboard. I learned it via the hunt and peck method though, and never really learned to type "properly" - quickly yes, but not properly. With this layout on the other hand, I'm learning the proper method (as hunt'n'peck doesn't really work when your keyboard has the wrong layout). As a result, I find myself thinking about it quite differently, and realize that this will lead to better typing once I've grown accustomed to it.