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02 October 2006 @ 03:59 pm
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After half an hour of solitaire, I went downstairs, made banana bread, turned on the Dana, and wrote 1200 words. Apparently I needed a change in location (and a lack of solitaire). I think I'll bring the Dana with me (I'm going to have to name that thing) to class tonight so I have something to work on at the train station after class.

Having written 1200 words on it, my observations are mostly that it would probably be good to learn to use the right-hand shift key as well as the left-hand one (typically I use the left-hand shift key and hit the space bar with my right thumb exclusively), because (most especially because) the " key is above the 2, which is standard on European keyboards but which is weirder than hell to me. Anyway, my left wrist is pinchy from trying to finagle the already-too-small (to my mind) left-hand shift key and the bizarrely placed quote key, so I'm gonna have to learn to hit shift with my right pinky. It's very soft-touch, so I expect that wouldn't trigger the ulnar nerve problem. I hope. We'll see. :)

The entire thing would also probably be made easier if I were typing on a table instead of on my lap, but overall, I'd say it works pretty well. I type faster than the keys are currently set to respond to (gotta fix that), so I prdiclygt sntences thtlook likeths, but overall, pretty good.

I have just exactly enough head cold to be very, very runny-nosed without actually feeling particularly bad. I can't decide if this is a good or a bad thing.
 
 
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kitmizkit on October 2nd, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
We have a winner. :)
Eveshkaeveshka on October 2nd, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
I type faster than the keys are currently set to respond to (gotta fix that), so I prdiclygt sntences thtlook likeths, but overall, pretty good.

I have exactly that same problem on a standard PC. How in the world does one fix that?
kitmizkit on October 2nd, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Settings -> Control Panel -> Keyboard -> Speed or Character Rate

That oughta help!
Eveshkaeveshka on October 2nd, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thankye!!!

(And they have that turned off on the PC at work, but this tells me how to fix it for home!!!)
Janne: hellocomputer (6beforelunch)janne on October 2nd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
I think it was Piers Anthony who once wrote some passionate essay about the importance for writers to remap frequently used keys such as " to something that didn't require a shift-key to use. I haven't actually tried this myself, but below link looks promising...

http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx

(Another example of software devolution, apparently -- earlier windows versions came with a nifty tool for the same purpose included.)