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Old 06-06-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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dvorak


Does anyone here use the Dvorak keyboard layout?

What's your experiences?

And, does anyone use the Norwegian layout in particular? ( Don't let this question scare you from replying if you are an American Dvorak user.)
 
Old 06-06-2005, 03:08 PM   #2
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Well, I dabbled in it in the past, so after reading your post, I decided to try it again. I'm posting this from dvorak now!

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Old 06-06-2005, 03:09 PM   #3
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Well, I dabbled in it in the past, so after reading your post, I decided to try it again. I'm posting this from dvorak now!
OK, nice to see I'm not the only one wierd enough to do such things. What's your experiences?
 
Old 06-06-2005, 03:56 PM   #4
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Dont know. Will let you know when all my hair is gone!

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Old 06-06-2005, 03:56 PM   #5
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That came and went so long ago... I don't see the point of that keyboard.

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Old 06-06-2005, 04:10 PM   #6
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That came and went so long ago... I don't see the point of that keyboard.
There are three reasons for wich I am considering switching to the dvorak layout:

1. To stand out from the crowd. ( Isn't that a factor when people choose linux to, it was for me.)
2. Improved writing speed.
3. Better comfort. Somtimes when I have written a lot, it feels like my fingers are falling off.

I know point 1 is really true, but I wouldn't like to spend a couple of weeks learning a new layout without seing atleast one of point 2 and 3.

Is this keyboerd layout really that unpopular. It seems the only one who have even tried it suffer severe hair lossage when attempting to write with it. And it doesn't seem like he use it on a regular basis.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 04:17 PM   #7
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I am not knocking you for using it... I just personally don't see the point of it. I do a lot of things that may seem pointless but just because I like to do it. Hey... I taught myself Morse Code! I guess that could be usefull if I am stuck in a submarine someday...

KC
 
Old 06-06-2005, 05:00 PM   #8
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Apepost,

I tried it about a year ago but had so much writing I had to do that it was really frustrating going down to like 20 wpm from about 100. So I scrapped the idea for then. I am giving it another go, and just rearranged the caps on this keyboard to aide my transition.

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Old 06-06-2005, 05:17 PM   #9
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Hey... I taught myself Morse Code!
I have made several attempts on that too. But the only thing I've found to use it on is cheating on exams by blinking your eyes discrete. (5wpm or something.) But no one else in my class would care to learn Morse anyway...

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I am not knocking you for using it...
Did it seem like I took it like that? Then I should stop writing halfway asleep.


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and just rearranged the caps on this keyboard to aide my transition.
Hmm. So you do rearrange your caps. I were thinking on not to. Just to force myself to learn the positions rather than always looking on the keyboard.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 09:08 PM   #10
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I don't touch type so I probably wouldn't gain anything using dvorak since home rows etc don't mean anything to me. In BCT at school though I could still pull 80wpm using 3 fingers on each hand
 
Old 06-06-2005, 11:12 PM   #11
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A friend of mine who had really bad carpal tunnel problems switched to dvorak and now swears by it. Said it really helped reduce the strain on his hands/wrists. I think I remember the speed was about the same. Personally I don't have the patience, but it sounds like it works as advertised.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 12:01 AM   #12
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i did not know that keyboards are that ...
now i am actually staring at my keyboard hard for no reasons but well worth[at least for me]

hopes you guys don't mind : i like that message below ...
Dvorak

i think i might missed some["hardware" one or is it?] of that when i was digging rubbish-dumps for old computers , next time i will be looking out for ....

nay ... with or without Dvorak . keyboards are still hard for me

but still . interesting topic ...

Last edited by alred; 06-07-2005 at 12:31 AM.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 04:39 AM   #13
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the point of a dvorak layout

Hi all

It seems as though many are struggling to understand why you would use a dvorak layout after all it is the layout that is different not the keyboard. A quick google would give you the answer to that but how I see it is simply down to efficiency. The dvorak layout groups the most commonly used keys together so your fingers travel less.

For me this has more relevance as I only have my left hand and the layout makes quite a difference. Microsoft makes it very easy to change the layout to dvorak, dvorak left or dvorak right. Left and right are layouts for people who use only left or only right hands. Linux makes it very difficult (see http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...19#post1681019) except for the two handed layout which seems to be included in most current main distros.

Time spent learning a new layout is countered by the gains once the skill is learned like linux, right.

Cheers

wingo
 
Old 06-07-2005, 04:55 AM   #14
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The dvorak keyboard layout has the most commonly used keys as the home keys, you can type a lot more (english) words without moving your fingers from the home keys than with the qwerty layout. The qwerty keyboard have the most commonly used keys as far away as possible to prevent the arms in the old typewriters from getting stuck together, as it slowed the typist down, nowadays that isn't an issue but the old qwerty layout stuck as that is what everyone is used to.
 
Old 12-13-2005, 04:31 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by apepost
"Hey... I taught myself Morse Code!"

I have made several attempts on that too. But the only thing I've found to use it on is cheating on exams by blinking your eyes discrete. (5wpm or something.) But no one else in my class would care to learn Morse anyway...
Hehehe, we did it by tapping a pen against the desk :p
 
  


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