Tag: Colemak

  • Going cold turkey with the Colemak keyboard layout

    My colleague, Jerry Bates, on going Colemak turkey: I have now been typing on Colemak “cold turkey” for about a week now, and I am here to say that I am more than surviving.  In fact, I have been doing just fine.  Granted, I am still typing rather slowly and cautiously, and need to “peek”…

  • Switching to Colemak for Typing: What worked

    First of all, What’s Colemak? To put it simply, it’s a more efficient arrangement of the keys on your keyboard. Yes, more efficient than Dvorak. Plus, unlike Dvorak, it keeps all the most common keys used in keyboard shortcuts in place. It’s a keyboard layout for people who make their living using a computer. I…

  • Colemak Check-in

    I just tested my typing speed for the first time in … months. I hit 72wpm with 0 errors on one test. But that’s using the Colemak layout. So glad I switched. It makes typing a pleasurable experience, not a chore for my hands.

  • I’ve Given Up on QWERTY

    If you hadn’t noticed a Colemak-sized bomb dropped on my blog and slowed down my rate of posting. That’s OK though. Today was a turning point in my alternative keyboard adventure. I realized that I’ve given up on QWERTY. I fired up the Windows OS in a virtual machine and started typing gibberish into the…

  • Switching To Colemak

    You can just barely make it out in this sceenshot but I just turned off Canadian English and switched to Colemak full time. Wish me luck, eh?

  • Colemak Progress

    My attempt at learning to type using the Colemak layout is still in progress and going well. I briefly considered switching last night but I think I’m going to keep building up my typing skill in it for a few more days at least. It might be next Monday at the latest that I go…

  • Slowly Getting Better

    I’m slowly getting better at typing in the Colemak layout in Master Key. My words per minute are creeping up while my error rate is creeping down.

  • My Strategy for Learning Colemak

    Last year I attempted learning how to touch type in Dvorak and I think I only made it about 2 weeks. One of the problems was that I decided to go cold turkey, doing everything at the computer using Dvorak almost right from the start. It was incredibly frustrating to say the least. Now that…

  • A Better Printable Colemak Keyboard Layout

    If you’re interested in learning the Colemak keyboard layout for touch typing Matt Wiebe has crafted a much nicer printable keyboard than the one I’ve printed out and propped up in front of me. Check it out.

  • Colemak Keyboard Layout Craft Project

    You can do it too! All you need is some printer paper, cardstock, glue, and a willingness to drive yourself mad for a month or two. Try it, it’s fun! In other words, yep, I’m learning how to type with the Colemak keyboard layout.