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Q&A – 2

Q: Would you be the Steno board guy?  If not, then would you consider talking about them?  -Durnlaw

I am not the steno board guy!  However, I’ve seen a few steno machines at the mechanical keyboard meetups I’ve been to, and they are very interesting!  I think something interesting to note is that they have feather-light switches.  You hardly feel like you’re pressing anything, typing on those.  I haven’t yet tried learning steno, so I couldn’t tell you more about it. You can get crazy speed with steno though..

Q: Are ergo boards worth it for “average” office workers?  -dandel

Yeah, why not?  If you’re typing on a keyboard for any chunk of time, I think it’s totally worth it to have something that’s nice to look at, enjoyable to type on, and comfortable to use for long periods.  Doesn’t that just make sense? 🙂

Q: Ergonomics?  Row profiles?  Ortholinear layouts?  Dvorak/Colemak layouts??  -lots of people

I haven’t spent time typing on many different row profiles (just Cherry and OEM), nor ortholinear boards, nor Dvorak/Colemak layouts.  I am planning on building a Planck ortholinear board soon, so that’ll be my first venture into ortholinear.  I have a Katana60 plate/PCB that I might build soon, which looks like a nifty ergonomic layout.  The topic of ergonomics is a big one, and an important one, which I’m still working on.  I’ll talk about these topics in posts to come, once I actually get more experience with those things.

Q: Is there a natural typing ceiling that you are born with? Sort of like typing IQ?  -oblivioaccebit

This is an interesting question.  I think.. conceptually, yes.  How much that varies from person to person though, I don’t know.  It’d be kind of difficult to research this.  First, each person would have to train their typing skills to a place where they would say they’re at their personal max speed allowed by their physiology.  How would we even determine this??  And also to say that they couldn’t improve from even more practice and training?  And what’s the prime age for a typist anyway??

I think that’s the difficulty of answering this very interesting question.  If it’s anything like other sports, activities, or games, I imagine there’s a natural skill ceiling each person is born with.  Not everyone is the same, after all.  With that said, this blog is here to help each person reach his/her personal fastest typing speed.  🙂

I have no more unanswered questions.  Need more questions.

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