Lifehack has a post about the Dvorak keyboard layout:
If you have been looking for a way to increase your productivity without having to train your mind to think or behave in a completely new way, then many will point you to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard. Well, they’re wrong, as I discovered; the time and effort to re-train your mind is quite extensive, but the time spent is worthwhile!
I’ve been typing Dvorak since 2005. It took about a month to make the transition, but I think the comfort is worth it.
Same basic benefits:
- More hand alterations than QWERTY – so faster typing
- Commonly used consonants and all vowels are in the homerow – so faster typing and more comfort due to less moving between rows
- The position of things like brackets and other punctuation make more sense. The comma is where the Q in QWERTY is – honestly, how often do you write Qs compared to commas?
- Switch to Dvorak and watch people stop using your keyboard – it’s almost as good as a password.
Some basic cons:
- It’s inconvenient if you switch between computers a lot, especially when one OS’s login screen doesn’t let you choose input formats.
- The transition sucks. I wonder if you have a choice in typing classes these days…
- You’ll probably be considered a freak.
I sing the praises of Dvorak, but some commenter is already talking about the Colemak keyboard layout, which, if you thought Dvorak was weird, you haven’t seen anything yet. That one gets rid of the Caps Lock key.