dvorak feels

I’ve been typing on a Dvorak keyboard layout since at least April of 1999 — pretty sure I switched a bit earlier than that, even, but that’s the oldest blog entry I still have that mentions it.

That’s a whole lot of years, and friends, in that entire time, I have never had an actual Dvorak keyboard. I’ve had tons of keyboards that were set to a Dvorak layout, but that was always done at the operating system layer, or via some other remapping layer. (Amusingly, all the really old posts on this blog about Dvorak are mostly me bitching about getting keymaps to work right…)

As you might guess, based on that foreshadowing, this has changed now …because a couple weeks back, I got some good mail. Yep, Dvorak keycaps for my keyboard.io Model 01. Look at how lovely these are:

fresh out of the shipping box! fresh out of the shipping box!

It took me a few days, but I finally got around to installing them, and it feels awesome to have a keyboard where the keycaps match what the keys do, and what the keys actually do is spit out Dvorak. I can plug this keyboard into pretty much anything and just type on it, with no need to switch to a different keyboard input.

old and busted (and grotty -- don't look too close!) old and busted (and grotty -- don't look too close!) fresh new hotness! fresh new hotness! close up of the left hand side - AOEU! close up of the left hand side - AOEU! and a close up of the right - HTNS! and a close up of the right - HTNS!

It might be a small thing, but it’s a wonderful thing to me.