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Touch typing [Feb. 18th, 2006|04:12 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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Can you touch type?

If not, why not?

[User Picture]From: theswede
2006-02-18 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm too lazy to learn. I type fast with three fingers, and it would take me a load of work to learn how to type that fast with touch.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-02-18 02:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're right, but I wonder if is that your intuitive feeling or if you have considered the numbers. For instance, after about a week of practice, I went from having to search for each key to 300 chars/min.

Incidentally, I think touch typing is more useful if you're not a programmer, because coding involves a lot of special characters which are way harder to learn to touch type (and don't have standardized positions).
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[User Picture]From: theswede
2006-02-18 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm at 30-60 wpm depending on my mood these days. But either way, I'm fast enough that it doesn't bother me for most stuff.

Of course, I *should* learn anyway ... and maybe someday I will.
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From: nicertry
2006-02-18 06:26 pm (UTC)
Amdahl's law to the rescue: if something aint the bottleneck dont spend your effort in optimizing it!

For most things I do that involve typing the bottleneck is my brain -- no point in trying to speed up my typing will only make my brain feel worse at being pathetically incompetent :-).
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From: nearfar
2006-02-18 09:29 pm (UTC)
I can, but I still look at the number keys. :(
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-02-19 08:36 pm (UTC)
Letters-yes,numbers-kinda, special symbols-not all that well!
My speed is just fine when typing documents and stuff, but it really doesn't work all that well while programming!
What's really queer is that having been writing (physically, with one's hands, ofcourse!) since the age of 2-3yrs, the "picturisation of words" until almost 2 years ago used to be like the words were being written (in air, on some surface, whatever) by someone (let's assume for now that it's me);despite some 16 yrs of hand-practice with words, now in my "mind's eye", the words are visualised as being typed (as opposed to written!)
Do I have any company with this "syndrome"?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-02-19 10:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. Totally. Once I realized that I spell differently when I write on dead trees than when I type (British vs. American, mostly due to writing being homework where British was expected and typing was on the Internet where American was standard). Of course now I can't spell at all while writing.
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-02-19 11:25 pm (UTC)
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