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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by brianiac (4158) on 2005.05.04 15:36 (#40205) Journal

    First, if you want to reduce your finger travel and extend your typing lifetime, stop using the QWERTY layout. It was specifically designed to be inefficient (so mechanical typewriters wouldn't jam). Switch to Dvorak; all the vowels are in your left home position, common consonants on the right--you can type whole sentences from the home position. I've been using Dvorak for about a year and a half, and wish I'd switched sooner. It's hard and time consuming to learn, get over it.

    Second, if you are going to get a specialized input device, go all the way with a zero-force FingerWorks TouchStream LP [fingerworks.com]. There is no constant transition from keyboard to mouse and back--they're the same device, plus you get programmable gestures (think Minority Report), programmable chords (all four fingers touching home row == shift, etc), and a programmer pad chord modifier that puts - _ ( ) in the home row. It's small. It's also a great gaming controller.

    • I too use Dvorak. I think it helps when typing English text, but not so much when programming.

      My Dvorak pet peeve: "ls". I had to make aliases.