ebay "folk art":
Although, now I am thinking of painting over all my keys just for fun. Since I touch type it wouldn't be that problematic for me and my co workers would never be tempted to use my machine when I'm gone.
In fact, I might just bid on that thing.
I get the same effect by using Dvorak but leaving the keys as Qwerty. Even the people who understand what's going on decide it's not worth using my PC pretty quickly.
tap, backspace, tap, backspace, tap, backspace, leave.
Ooh, now that is smooth.
Hrm, its always fun finding little ways to stretch. Learning Dvorak by touch might be a good idea anyway, since Qwerty is such a habit for me.
Be prepared for a first day of utter frustration, though.
I found I couldn't really switch until I did it cold turkey. Practicing for a little while then going back to Qwerty only gets you so far; using it for everything forces you to internalize it.
The first couple of days sends you back to hunt-and-peck, which truly sucks. Especially when you're trying to do the things you normally do and not just learn Dvorak. After a week you should be at a decent clip, but will still hit the wrong key periodically. After two or three weeks you should be fine. Of course, I spend a good amount of time typing so YMMV.
This was one of the things I did when my wrists were acting up. People debate whether it's faster or not, but it's definitely more comfortable. I'm happy with it.
Hrm, I know people who do use it seem to swear by it.
Thanks for the tips, it sounds like a good skill to have.
Are you now able to use the two interchangably? When you're at a Qwerty keyboard can you shift gears relatively easily?
Oh, and it only takes a minute to get back into the Qwerty mindset when you need to use somebody else's computer. That's never really a problem.
Heh, I didn't see this comment before I typed my other response. That's exactly what I wanted to know!
I found the same...I switched to Dvorak (on Qwerty keyboards) to improve my typing form, and help my wrists heal. I hadn't even thought of how it'd keep all but the most dedicated coworkers out of my machines. Definitely a nice fringe benefit!
Only the tab, caps-lock, left and right shift, ctrl and alt, windows, return, and backspace keys remain. These keys remain only because they aren't the same size as the 'X' key.
I can't even begin to express myself scathingly enough in response to this one. Seriously. What the fuck. Isn't evolution supposed to take care of this sort of idiot?
What the hell is your problem?
You know what else is funny? Killing kittens.
Do you hate kittens? Because everytime you bid on this keyboard, God kills a kitten.
Spooky! Now tell the one about how nobody understands you. That's always a crowd pleaser.
Wait a minute... are you implying that I appear to conform to some kind of stereotype??!
He's an Australian college kid, that's what his problem is. Wank.
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"Can't spell? Now you don't have to! With the new 'Illiterate Touch' (tm), you can type just like you sign your name! Great for IRC users!"
I think someone needs a hug.
Hey, that was my attempt at being light-hearted and jovial and stuff...
To clarify, I wasn't flaming <lj user="bartek">. I was just making a joke based upon their joke. My apologies if all this subtlety makes your head hurt.
I was going to say "more fiber in his diet" but perhaps both might help.
For a brief moment in the endless stretch of time, PLIF was God.
I'm impressed: doing this would be suprisingly hard, because almost every keyboard is made with some keys taller than others. I usually buy old IBM keyboards used from a local junk store for $5 each (say what you will, IBM still makes nicest feeling keyboards around), and from time to time I've seen a few rare ones that have removable caps over the actual keys: yes, the keycaps have keycaps. I'm guessing these are from some point-of-sale application where you want to replace "F1" with "Bagel" or something, but in any case those were the only keyboards I've found that could be rearranged to Dvorak layout or spell nasty things or whatever. I should really take the time to rearrange the numbers, letters, and punctuation keys to create the maximum number of FCC-unfriendly words possible.
Also cool: someone sells keycaps that are bright red and say "panic". Someone left them all over the office a few years ago, I still have mine.
pckeyboard.com has updated versions of all the old IBM keyboards available. Yes, they're really the real thing, except for a different logo. The individual human being responsible for the original buckling spring keyboard design you love the feel of went over there.
They're more than $5, but they're new...
At least it's not the part of the new school of eBay folk art.
Can you do something like xmodmap e "keysym * = x" ?
I remember seeing somewhere a bunch of old IBM Selectric and Underwood (!) typewriters that had been custom-made for use in typing lessons... they came with a standard set of keycaps that are completely unlabelled. The idea was to be able to train the student not to look at the keys while typing. Haven't seen any of those in a while, but I have seen lab keyboards at my college of evil that have become so black with gook from the unwashed masses that the keycap labels are unreadable....
Anyone else remember, back in elementary school, when your classroom had the state of the art Apple IIe, and they had posters on the wall telling you to wash your hands before using the computer?
I long for those days to return.
Jeez, my school just put those little self-adhesive dots on all the keys.
Yay for my old keyboard. I almost made an all-esc key keyboard recently.