When I joined Automattic, I found that using different keyboard layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are common and encouraged - as are most things that will help you be more efficient.The idea is that if you spend so much of your day at your computer, you might as well be efficient at input. The idea seemed neat, so why not?
I always wanted to shave my head. I just never dared. At a certain point, though, I had so many reasons to. It didn't seem fair that guys could have such an easy hairstyle, while I was stuck with a mess of curls. It never looked neat and put together, not matter what I did … Continue reading I shaved my head and it was awesome.
While I was doing my Automattic trial, I came across information about using alternative keyboard layouts - Dvorak and Colemak. if you look at the distance your fingers travel to type the same words, QWERTY is much less efficient than Dvorak or Colemak. In my typical "why not?" approach, I challenged myself to learn Colemak … Continue reading Results after 100 days of Colemak: 100 WPM
I used to joke that I was really fast at typing because I could hit the backspace and fix my mistakes really quickly. Backspace is an inefficient key, if you're looking at distance travelled when typing. Part of the Colemak layout involves mapping the caps lock key to be backspace: it's much more efficient and … Continue reading Embracing Colemak’s caps lock as backspace
Last fall, we both bought DAS Keyboard Ultimate keyboards with Cherry MX Blue switches. While Fred seems to be a fairly light typist, I can make a lot of noise with my keyboard. It turns out that I am bottoming out (hitting the bottom of the keyboard) on each stroke, which is loud. Seriously, loud. … Continue reading Using dampeners to quiet down my mechanical keyboard
Ever since I saw this keyboard on Lifehacker many years ago, I wanted it. There was something about having blank keys that appealed to me as a typist - after all, if I didn't need to look at the keys, then why bother having any labels? Last fall, Fred and I looked at each other … Continue reading Introducing my keyboard, the DAS Keyboard Ultimate