Santa got me a Rosewill keyboard similar to the one described by Chuck, W5UXH, in a discussion down the page. The keyboard uses a mechanical system to give tactile feedback when you hit the keys. I seem to be making less mistakes with it.
While fiddling with this keyboard, I got to thinking about keyboard arrangements. We all know the QWERTY set up. There are other keyboard arrangements out there. The DVORAK arrangement seems to be the most common alternative to the QWERTY. Someone told me years ago that the QWERTY arrangement came about during the early days of the mechanical typewriters. Seems that the early typewriters jammed at high typing speeds, so the typewriter companies came up with the QWERTY setup to slow typists down. I wonder if there is any truth to this? Anyone out there in QRQ land using the DVORAK setup? If so, how long did it take you to switch and was it worth the effort?
Thanks Joe for this discussion.
COLEMAK is another layout that actually won an award a few years ago:
We were impressed by the wide range of submissions, and the inventiveness of many of the entries. Finally we chose Shai's Colemak keyboard as the winner for these reasons:
COMMENT from another BLOG about this:
For productivity sake, people should switch to Dvorak or Colemak, they are MUCH better layouts. Hell, qwerty was designed to make you type SLOW. it was designed when typewriters where first invented, they kept jamming, so in order to stop that, they designed qwerty, so people would type slower, and they wouldn't jam. Dvorak and Colemak are made for the exact opposite, so speed you up, and have minimum hand movement, thus reducing chances of getting things like carpel tunnel syndrome. I did a little research on both, and found Colemak to be the better of the two, so that's what I'd go with
Colemak is a modern alternative to the QWERTY and Dvorak layouts. It is designed for efficient and ergonomic touch typing in English.
Well, my Rosewill RK-9000 mechanical keyboard stopped working over the weekend. There is a cable that plugs into the keyboard that runs to my K-40 keyboard keyer that then keys the Omni d. If I wiggle the cable at the site where it plugs into the keyboard it works intermittently than stops working. I tried a new cable but didn't solve the problem. Does anyone know what the female socket on the back of the Rosewill keyboard is called? Is it a mini USB plug? I would like to try to replace the plug. The keyboard was not cheap, I like it, and a call to the company didn't help as they do not sell parts and do not service the keyboards if they are out of warranty.
Fred, K6KX, has done repairs to his for the same problem. You can email him for details.