Scott Robinson (quadhome) wrote,
Scott Robinson

It's catching up to me. I can feel it now.

In school, your peers are young and healthy. They may be damaging their bodies' nightly and treating themselves badly through irregular sleep cycles... but it fails to show until years later. I have yet to meet a student - more specifically a Computer Science student - with a hand brace.

I don't want to be the first.

My left hand began hurting a couple years ago. Initially, it was a minute pain and I didn't think much of it. However, after several weeks of the pain not subsiding, I started to worry. I have been regularly typing since, at least, the age of seven. Have 16 years of sub-standard equipment and bad practice caught up to me?

The answer is an unqualified yes. In response, I learned the Dvorak keyboard layout. The common belief (not generally scientifically accepted) is that it is a superior alternative in both overall typing speed and comfortability. My personal experience supports the conventional wisdom. Problem solved, right?

Well, no. Two issues remain and have combined to form a painful product:

  1. I have a mental block against typing Dvorak on a QWERTY keyboard.
  2. I switched to a laptop.

Unlike my favourite keyboard, laptop keycaps are not amiable to remapping. Thus, since the summer, I have been stuck back on a QWERTY keyboard. In the back of my mind, I have been worrying for my hands every since. Inexorably the pain has returned with a vengeance.

I find myself at a familiar crossroads. I have already switched the operating system keyboard layout to Dvorak. Forcing myself to metamorph into a better "bilingual" is a work in progress. However, I wonder if more dramatic solutions need to be implemented? A laptop keyboard, even remapped, cannot be the most conducive toward safe typing.

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