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ebay "folk art":


30 Responses:

  1. jette says:


    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.

    • jette says:

      In fact, I might just bid on that thing.

    • gregv says:

      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.

      • jette says:

        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.

        • gregv says:

          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.

          • jette says:

            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?

        • gregv says:

          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.

      • roho says:

        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!

    1. Wow, good job, fuck-whacker. Some people will cure AIDS or perfect cold-fusion or liberate the Iraqi children; you create a keyboard of X keys. At least you coloured the real X key black, or else the damn thing would be completely useless to anyone but a touch-typist! LOL!
    2. 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?

    3. Not as cool as this.


  2. bartek says:

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  3. bitwise says:

    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.

    • freiheit says:

      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...

  4. revgeorge says:

    At least it's not the part of the new school of eBay folk art.

  5. unabomber says:

    Can you do something like xmodmap e "keysym * = x" ?


  6. vxo says:

    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.

  7. zanespeak says:

    Yay for my old keyboard. I almost made an all-esc key keyboard recently.