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Re: Good keyboard

Sorry for such a late post, I caught the flu and have only now caught up
with my emails. I've included the full quote.

On Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:34:27 rlharris@oplink.net wrote:
> On Sun, February 14, 2016 7:12 pm, Gary Roach wrote:
> ...
> >> I've been using a microsoft Ergonomic model 4000 v.1 for years. I
> >> love it. I recently looked around for a replacement ( turned out not
> >> to be the
> >> problem). I found that the newer Microsoft keyboards were garbage in
> >> comparison. The only one that came close was a Fellows for which I
> >> can not remember the model.  
> I enjoyed using the thin Apple keyboard, but put it away a few years
> back when I could not figure out the proper xkb category; but I think I
> now know how to specify the keyboard to the Debian installer.
> >> I spend a lot of time on the keyboard and much
> >> prefer the slanted ergonomic layout.  
> I did not notice any comments on my comparison of a computer keyboard
> with
> a piano keyboard in this respect; but that also is something to
> consider.
> Who would suffer from poor "ergonomics" more than would the pianist?
> >> I don't understand the fascination with the Dvorak keyboard. While I
> >> will admit that it is more efficient than the qwerty lay out, this
> >> really will come into play if you can type faster than 150 wpm or so.
> >> Who can?
I like dvorak because it lessens the amount of strain on you, thus you
will be less likely to get corporal tunnel syndrome. I'm young and try to
think ahead.

> Perhaps you should consider your definition of efficiency.  I live at
> the keyboard, and to me the measure of that which you term "efficiency"
> involves consideration of a number of factors, including fatigue,
> typographical error rate, and intuitiveness of the layout; the words per
> minute count is at the bottom of my list.
> To me, one of the greatest benefits of the Dvorak layout comes in entry
> of text which incudes numerals.  With the Classic Dvorak layout, the
> keystrokes for numerals are instinctive; thus I seldom make an error.
I'm learning dvorak, but the numerals are all in the top bar with the
punctuation marks, only the home and adjacent rows are changed. Where are
your numerals? I just type loadkeys dvorak (there are only 3 dvorak
layouts, dvorak-ASCII, dvorak-Sun, and dvorak on my computer).

> Such was not the case forty years ago when I could type 120 wpm on
> QWERTY on a manual keybar typewriter.

I was most particularly interested in weather the (clear), cherry key
switches last. No one mentioned them.
Being able to know what you get and improve/repair it is a big attraction
of opensource, be it HW or SW, at least for me.

Thanks, David

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