Quoth the raven, “Nwvermpre!”
About two years ago, I switched to typing on the Dvorak keymap. That meant going from the Sholes “QWERTY” keymap:
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = \ q w e r t y u i o p [ ] a s d f g h j k l ; ' z x c v b n m , . /
to August Dvorak’s more efficiency-minded keymap:
` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 [ ] \ ' , . p y f g c r l / = a o e u i d h t n s - ; q j k x b m w v z
It was just a matter of switching the keymap preferences on whatever computers I had to type on, and then a few days of acclimating to all the keys having moved. This had the two desired effects: my hands would no longer ache after marathon coding sessions, and no one ever touched my computer again.
But there was one side effect I hadn’t anticipated: a different keymap means different kinds of typos. This became evident to me first on IRC. Since IRC is a medium characterized by people typing faster than they can think, typos abound:
I hear it's out on video nowme>
I know, I sow it a wook age.<Wuglife>
GWAWRR! BEWARE THE AGE OF THE WOOK!me>
I mean I sAw it a wEEk agO. <Koolmodey>
guh, how do you manage to aim for
'e' and hit 'o' instead? they're on
different sides of the keyboardme>
They're right next to eachother on mine.
I use a Dvorak keyboard. The middle row
that's because you're a communistme>
yea like dvorakme>
different Dvorak. August, not John.