keyboards/RSI/switching costs (was Looking for a secondhand Datahand Pro II)

Matt Sergeant msergeant at
Wed Oct 21 16:02:09 BST 2009

On Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:32:46 -0400, jesse wrote:
>> Problem then comes with people who need to help you on your computer. I 
>> often help a tester here who has a "Natural" split keyboard, and find 
>> it tough, but doable (I used to use a natural years ago, the problem is 
>> using a Natural from a sideways position or standing position while at 
>> $co-worker's desk). I can't imagine any way of coping if he had a 
>> Dvorak layout.
> When my friend Adam was switching over to Dvorak many years ago, he
> implemented two small shell scripts to toggle layout: "asdf" and "aoeu" 
> It helped keep the problem Matt mentions in check.

True-ish. If you occasionally glance at the keys it really screws you 
over though :)

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