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Switching to Dvorak

My RSI pain has signifigantly worsened over the past two weeks, triggered by an inadvisable sixty-hour workweek installing the med school’s new mail server. Jeremy Bowers writes about switching to Dvorak, and that’s what I am doing too. Unlike my previous attempt, I am not bothering with a typing tutor program, which can actually increase my pain, but will switch and not switch back.

The biggest problem is not typing text, but keyboard commands. Command-zxcv aren’t anywhere near as convenient when they aren’t one-handed. This one could be worked around with the “DQ” keyboard layout, but that doesn’t help with Mutt or Emacs. So I’m switching to the plain Dvorak “DV” layout, and will just put up with slow typing for a few weeks or months.

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