I remember reading that as well at some point.
Wed Jun 01, 2022 1:10am

QWERTY was a slower layout for right handed people because the non-dominate hand did most of the keystrokes which kept their WPM down. Being left handed, I guess I got a leg up for once? (unlike scissors or can openers... haha)

  • Legend has it that's why QWERTY was invented. - Puckdropper, Tue May 31 2022 4:21am
    Maybe it's true, where most words require swapping hands to type. That was supposed to give time for the "hammers" to move out of the way as you typed.
    • I remember reading that as well at some point.- Erik_, Wed Jun 01 2022 1:10am
      • What makes scissors different? - Puckdropper, Sun Jun 05 2022 3:22am
        So why don't we switch to something better? Well, I guess it's why I've still got my Yahoo! e-mail address and don't use anything else. It's not THAT bad (actually, it's mostly good in "basic" mode) and I've been using it since before "keyboarding" class in high school.
        • when you use them on your left hand instead of your right. I think I might be one of the few people that uses the mouse with their left hand. Buttons are still the "righty" way though. It's been so long since I've had a Yahoo account, I can't even picture in my head what their email website looks... more
          • Ah, I see. Especially those with the molded "ergonomic" han - Puckdropper, Mon Jun 20 2022 1:05am
            dles, right? I tried using the mouse left handed for a while back in high school... It was easier to swap the buttons, but I can see how that would be difficult especially when you sit down at a computer to help someone. Wait, let me swap the buttons. No, it wasn't the button swap that fixed your... more
            • specific lefty and righty scissors and then the "universal" ones which were just without any molded handle. I probably got used to using the mouse buttons in the "righty" way for a reason like that. My family computer had the mouse on the right as everyone else in my family is right handed. My computer... more
              • I can imagine getting yelled at for swapping the buttons - Puckdropper, Sat Jun 25 2022 11:58pm
                So it was just easier to use them like that. I had an IBM Model M with swappable keycaps and changed them around to DVORAK. I tried using it for a while and decided I needed to use what everyone else did so I could use other computers. Some laptops can have their keycaps swapped easily, like a Lenovo... more
                • ? While you were using it, did it feel like a better layout and you just switched for simplicity sake or was it just like the same regular QWERTY just having to relearn the keyboard layout?
                  • It was getting to the point where I wasn't looking at every - Puckdropper, Sat Jul 02 2022 5:02am
                    keycap. It just felt like I was learning everything all over again, I didn't really feel like it was any better or worse.
                    • Thanks. Good to know it's not really worth it. - Erik_, Thu Jul 07 2022 1:21pm
                      I think there was an Apple ii version (maybe c?) That had a switch above the keyboard to switch between the two. The key caps were still obviously in QWERTY but neat it was added as a feature. I wonder how many families thought their keyboards were broken after accidentally hitting the switch.
                      • Many! I have a IIc somewhere, I think that's on there - Puckdropper, Sat Jul 09 2022 4:21am
                        I kinda remember the "don't press that button, the keyboard gets all messed up." Man, I wish I had some more time to just play with some of the old computer stuff.
                        • on my 486 back in the day. I hit "CTRL ALT -" and heard a low beep. No idea what it did at the time except the computer was now running slow. I remember pressing each CTRL+ALT combo (besides DEL) until hitting "+" and hearing a high beep and the computer went back to how it was. I had previously... more
                          • Yes, I have a workshop that's child-disallowed - Puckdropper, Fri Jul 15 2022 4:31am
                            It's a nice space, a little cramped but whatever. My wife can do whatever she wants with the rest of the house, but this is MY space. My biggest problem has been time. I've got to keep the kids happy and busy while the wife works, so I'm a combination of bored and busy the whole day. Soon they'll... more
                            • At least for me. Going from being the center of their attention to not is going to be interesting (for lack of a better word). Right now, if there's things that need to get done during the day, for example mowing the lawn, I'll usually run out quick if it's not raining (or even if it is) on my day off... more
                              • That's exactly it... Guys who are constantly tinkering with - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 18 2022 5:51am
                                stuff need a place to tinker. You'll get depression pretty bad without being allowed to be yourself. I've still got to mow sometime, I'm not sure when that will work out. Got a full day tomorrow and gonna be busy moving, plus usually when my wife gets off work the last thing on our minds is her... more
                                • Getting things tidy/neat has been on my TODO list for probably 3 years now. Same thing here with chores at the end of the day. Days I work and my wife watches our kid or visa versa, doing chores is the last thing on our minds too. I have a bad habit of going "Eh... I'll take care of that tomorrow"... more
                                  • An empty desk is the sign of an empty mind - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 25 2022 2:27am
                                    I just shut the gate so the kids don't mess with stuff and go about my other business. Nice. Sometimes I do clear off things, you just got to. Sometimes you have to admit your trash can is the best place for these parts you laid down and put them away. (I have a few parts that need to go there... more
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