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Dvorak Feb. 4th, 2004 10:32 am
Ok, I've had enough qwerty-wrestling for a while. Anyone know where I can get a dvorak keyboard? (Am I right in thinking these are theoretically the easiest to type on?)

From: valkyriekaren
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 10:35 am (Link)
Apparently, though obviously you'll be dog-slow at first as you'll have to unlearn old habits.

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From: wechsler
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 10:43 am (Link)
cat-slow, surely? ;)

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From: valkyriekaren
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 10:48 am (Link)
I think 'cat-slow'='asleep'.
From: reddragdiva
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 11:18 am (Link)
I believe you change key caps around yourself then write up a nice .Xmodmap, assuming your desktop of choice doesn't have an option for it.

As you know, keyboards cost about 2p these days. Roll your own Dvorak!
From: nevla
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 11:30 am (Link)
Whoah! I think that would completely melt my brain...
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From: deliberateblank
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 01:26 pm (Link)
I remember the Quinkey keyboard which used to be advertised in Acorn User back in the day. A five key keyboard that you held in your hand and typed on using chords. Potentially very fast and ergonomic once you've learned how to use it.

The easiest to type on is what you're used to. Dvorak layout is (IIRC) based on touch-typing theory, with the most commonly used letters and combinations (ETAOIN etc) close to the 'home' positions, so eventually you might be slightly faster, but it's possible to type so fast on a QWERTY that I can't see it making much difference.

The important thing is good posture and taking 15-30 minutes break every so often, and immediately if you start to feel any hand/arm strain at all.
From: mitrian
Date: February 4th, 2004 - 05:51 pm (Link)
I use this. It's got a 'dvorak lock' button, so you can easily switch back and forth between qwerty and dvorak.