Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas
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A little insider information about me

I spend almost all of my professional life and a fair amount of my personal time with my fingers moving across a keyboard. I've watched countless friends in their 30's--and some in their 20's--"go carpal tunnel," some requiring surgery, some to the point of disability.

About six years ago, I started to feel twinges in my hands. My doctor diagnosed me with what amounted to "pre-carpal tunnel syndrome." I started doing research. I did not find this page, then--but there were many others. The WOS entry does a fair job of summarizing the total picture Linked from there is my personal favorite typing tutor program, Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor. Using it and "immersion practice" at work, once I was competent enough not to go mad-- had me back--and then surpassing--my original [already quite fast] QWERTY speed.

If you depend on your hands and you type a lot, give it a try.

Some caveats: be prepared to re-bind MANY keys in games, and be prepared for navigating in some IDEs and editors to be more difficult. Let's just say that both emacs and vi are a whole new adventure when you switch keyboard layouts. Ugh. I've been known to switch back briefly for editing sessions, just to stop the madness. [BTW, lest you fear that this is a one way trip, QWERTY remains accessible to me with a two-stroke key sequence. When I help people reset their passwords, as happens from time-to-time, I've developed a little flourish of the keyboard that announce the keyboard is ready for input from a Qwertian. [As a giggle, I just noted that can type "qwertian" incredibly faster in the Dvorak layout than in QWERTY].
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  • Farewell

    photognome died of heart failure yesterday. I don't have words right now.

  • My tweets

    Tue, 11:00: Pulling a full 250 KW and over 1,000 miles per hour charge rate at the new Reston teslamotors #SuperCharger. @ Wieh……

  • My tweets

    Fri, 19:57: Mixed meat meatballs, sauteed vegetables, loaded mashed potatoes with da_valentine and friends @ Corolla, North Car……