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Monday, August 23, 2004
  Touch-typing with Dvorak keyboard layout.
I thought I would add a little update on the new and improved typing skills thanks to your prodding. I do want to acknowledge your mention of trying the Dvorak keyboard layout.

This entire letter is typed using the Dvorak keyboard layout, and I am thankful to you for the challenge that got me started on it.

As I have told you, I never really learned to properly touch type, and now I can. I still occasionally want to resort to the old way, but the lack of properly labeled keys keeps my fingers on the home row.

Well, it is now to the point where I can almost keep a steady rhythm without too many typos. I do find that I know when I hit the wrong key, and do not need to wait for the beep of the spell checker.

I think I finally got it down, but not ass the oops all the time.

The typos are interesting.

Speaking of typos, the following is intentional.

Siad WAHT
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny iprmoetnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe and the biran fguiers it out aynawy. No siht!

Is the above true?

I thought it was interesting.

Fun to type also.
 
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yahe tahnks, bdu, wleocme ot 9199. :P
 
Hmm, it does work. Now if I can only get my mother (English teaching degree from Yale) and my history professors to agree with this method of spelling I am home free!
 
< ha Ha ah >
 
Hey Pete, that "first letter, last letter" illustration was great. I forwarded it on to my brother so he can use it in his third grade class. Take it easy!
 
That's cool!!!
 
Hi Pete... just dropped by to say hello. I read Biz Stone now and then and saw your mention. Yes I read your " Siad WAHT" and what you say is true. Almost like speed reading which I do often and drop into normal mode at the interesting bits.
Keep up the mental challenge Pete otherwise the brain slowly fails. Ever thought of writing your life story as a blog and mentally challenge what you can remember? I started at the age of 68 two years ago. It is amazing what you do remember, even the small insignificant things. I wrote mine as a journal.

OldEric in NZ
 
THe above it true... I read it with no problem whatsoever.
 
Hi Pete! Congratulations, you're now on Blogger's "Blogs of Note" and you're being read by thousands of people. I've read it entirely up to this point.

I hope that someone with more connections and legal acumen than myself reads of your case with the state of NY - that situation just plain sucks.

You mentioned in your blog that you like jokes, I'm e-mailing a couple from a friend's blog to your editor - hopefully they'll get back to you - and I of course hope that you haven't heard 'em before.

-Kevin
 
pete your the man...
or in your case...
ptee yuor the man?
chill!
 
I enjoyed your blog - first i have read - and am still trying to figure out what this blogging is all about anyway - your blog is found by Google, but not mine, so is it just the popular ones? I digress.

Forget the Dvorak keyboard. I touchtype using a Dvorak, and appreciate the benefits but my kids hate it - they have to change the keyboard to use the computer and anytime i find myself using any other computer (ie. library, job) I'm back to two fingers, looking at the keyboard. If everyone switched, great, but that'll never happen. QWERTY till then. Bob
 
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