HEY! Who stole my # sign? I mean, my #… ah… buggrit!

On Monday, my friend (whose ear I’ve been bending all weekend about the benefits of the Dvorak layout) says to me, "so, when did you switch to this fantastic ‘old-new’ layout you’ve been frothing about?"
 
"Ah, well, ah, ummm," I dithered. "Well, ummm… it’s like this. Although I can appreciate the theoretical benefits, and because I know that I CAN do it, anytime I want to, there’s really ah… I mean, I’ve got all this writing I need to ummm…"
 
So on Tuesday I stopped being a procrastinating hypocrite.
 
I put a hold on converting keyboards from QWERTY, grabbed one of my own conversions – and for the last three days I’ve been totally QWERTY-free.
 
I’ve completed 23 of the 29 lessons in Dan Wood’s A Basic Course in Dvorak. The few emails I’ve HAD to respond to I’ve written using ‘hunt-and-peck’ – looking at the keyboard – because touch-typing is simply too painfully slow.
 
If I had one of those obsolete QWERTYs in front of me instead of my Dvorak then there is not the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell I would have got this far. Even now, though I know that the Dvorak is better, and I can already feel my speed improving, the temptation to revert to QWERTY is intense.
 
Typing these days is synonymous with communicating: for three days, I’ve felt as though my mouth has been taped shut. After three days, I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel; an edge of the tape has lifted, and it’s being ever-so-slowly ripped away. Oh, if only there were a way to tear the whole thing off at once!
 
And then, just a short while ago, I hit a snag: I had a need to hit SHIFT-3.
 
Unless you’re in the UK, you possibly won’t recognise the significance. If you’re in a land whose currency symbol is on SHIFT-4, you have no problem.
 
Can anyone say ‘irony’? How about ‘moronic stupidity’?
 
The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard Layout is a layout specifically optimised for the English Language.
 
English is my mother tongue.
I live in England.
I AM English!
I need a pound sign.
HELP!
 
[edit: phew. Panic over. Solution: Dvorak international extended keyboard layout_ by Arjen van Kol. Not ideal, but it solves the problem: SHIFT + AltGr + 4 now gives me my ‘£’ – and, hey, I’ve even got a ‘€’ now, too!]
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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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