Back to QWERTY. I hate this! [quick note]

posted in Tech on Sep 15, 2010

It has been a full three weeks now since I started using Dvorak as my standard keyboard layout. I have become fully able to touch type at an ok speed. With that in mind, because I am a glutton for punishment, I have decided that I should switch back to QWERTY for a couple of days, just to see how that goes. I am currently typing this post back in the QWERTY standard and I really don’t know why we as a society have stuck with this antiquated, painful layout. It really is the pits, and I am not just saying that to justify my whole experiment.

While I am still nowhere near the speed that I was (or even as I am now as my muscle memory is returning) while using QWERTY, Dvorak simply feels better. There is little odd crossover of fingers, and you simply don’t feel as cramped. The whole convention of having all the vowels be on one side in the left hand and the consonants mostly in the right makes much more logical sense. Once my brain figured out that after most vowels I will have to hit a consonant (and vise versa) with the other hand, a nice flow started to develop.

With that said, I think I am going to go back to QWERTY for a day or two, just for funsies. At the end of the week, I will probably have a good understanding of which I will stick with forever (let’s hope Dvorak).