Last year , while waiting for my flight at London, I decided to have a beer .
A female came and sat next to me, and I saw her using her right hand thumb to type a message into her mobile phone. Her thumb was a blur , typing amazingly fast, with NIL mistakes and deletions.
This set me thinking.
Her mobile phone keyboard was not QWERTY.
This is a stupid configuration, this planet is stuck with.
On modern mobile phone keyboards where you type with one hand, this layout is bullshit.
This type key layout was designed, when Remington wanted to sell their mechanical typewriters, 140 years ago . So they trained their salesmen to type typewriter , very fast, and WOW all the dumb bumpkin folks. It was easy as fingers needed to type only on the top row.
The peabrained designer said to himself that as long as he puts QW and ZX at extreme corners on LH side ( as most people were right handed ) he would be called innovative.
If you notice the keyboard itself is not ergometric. It was meant for human beings with VERY narrow shoulders, who could keep their elbows pressedto their body sides. This means the typist cannot have pectoral muscles.
When you have a mechanical typewriter you cannot type too fast , or the keys get entangled. This layout was meant to slow you down deliberately.
This stupid QWERTY keyboard required most of the typing to be done on the top row, which required the fingers to travel.
The middle row which is the home row should do most of the typing on a efficient system. and the bottom row should do the least-- as it is difficult to reach. Typing should be alternated between two hands.
It is high time a SPLIT innovative keyboard is made , for real HE men with pectorals.
A typewriter is NO longer a cute typists monopoly--or for the matter a pigeon chested Amol Palekar type babu's.
Arnold Swartznegger types too have to type -- when sitting in the California Governor's office.
Macho men all over the world are forced to type now. Shorthand and dictation stenographers cum typists are history.
It is a survival skill as important as driving.
The below key board is DVORAK-- a woman by the name of Barbara Blackburn hit an amazing 212 words per minute .
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