In my quest for complete Dvorak immersion, I attempted to rearrange the keys on my Thinkpad T30 last night, the last refuge of QWERTY in my life. I was popping some of the keys off, when I noticed that IBM did something peculiar with the key mechanism. Its similar to a miniature scissor lift in its design and allows the key cap to snap on in only one direction. I didn’t expect that to be a problem until I noticed that some of the mechanisms are rotated 180 degrees from the others, making it impossible to fit many of the keys onto the Dvorak location. I have no idea why IBM did this to their keys and I am very disappointed to say the least. I could glue the key caps in the Dvorak location, but I don’t want something so permanent. I don’t think I really want stickers on the keys either, so I might just have to get used to using both layouts. Perhaps IBM/Lenovo fixed this giving me an excuse to buy a new laptop…
April 19, 2007
April 18, 2007
I noticed the other day that my life was far too easy and that life was simply too much fun. To this end, I accepted a challenge from a friend that has shown me levels of frustration that I never imagined possible. I’m speaking, of course, of switching to the Dvorak keyboard layout. Although taken as a challenge, the level of difficulty is much greater than I expected. It feels like the keys are constantly moving about the keyboard making it impossible to hit the intended keys. I’m getting a little better at it than when I first started a few days ago, but I have a feeling that it will take months to get back to a normal typing speed. My goal is total immersion into the Dvorak layout, so I have rearranged my work and home keyboards, leaving my Thinkpad the only unmodified keyboard that I use. I want to rearrange those keys as well, but the laptop keys aren’t exactly the easiest things to take on and off.
Well, now that I want to throw my Model M keyboard out the window from writing this, I think its time to get off the computer.