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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm typing this on a Kinesis Professional QD, and it's great. It took me about two weeks to get totally comfortable with it, but I've been using them for four or five years. I highly encourage you to remap the thumb-accessible keys, as heavy thumb use is a good thing, and the default left thumb keys (backspace, delete, home, and end, at least on mine) are not so useful.

    I also suggest creating a '_' key somewhere, so that when typing in identifier names in your program, you don't have to use the shift ke
  • 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

    • 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.
  • I've had a kinesis for (...searches website [cwinters.com]...) nearly five years. I seriously think that without this keyboard I would have to switch careers. (And I don't know how people use emacs without ctrl/meta|alt at your thumbs...)

    While it's difficult to type on other keyboards for extended periods of time (longer than three or four hours) the trade-off is worth it, particularly when you can just bring your keyboard with you.