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Offline msiegel

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« on: Wed, 14 October 2009, 20:43:06 »

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« Reply #1 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 13:50:38 »
It's curious that MS toyed with the idea. I've always been interested in trying a dual pad like that or the Frogpad, I wonder how efficient one can become with them.

The different size keys on the Quadipad probably makes it easier to remember which keys are which by feeling them, but it probably creates more guesswork and groping in between key presses methinks.

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« Reply #2 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 13:57:22 »
What could you possibly want a one-handed keyboard for?

Oh wait...

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Offline AndrewZorn

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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 14:02:26 »
I think the FrogPad looks the best.



and then there's this awesomeness to go with it:



but there's always one-handed Colemak.

For a little while I tried one-handed typing on normal QWERTY, hand centered on F-J.
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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 14:10:28 »
Everybody knows that Maltron has the best one-handed layouts :p
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« Reply #5 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 14:18:15 »
now *that's* a tsunami

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« Reply #6 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 14:19:15 »
That's a clusterf*ck.


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« Reply #7 on: Thu, 15 October 2009, 14:20:27 »
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That's a clusterf*ck.


ohh... i always wondered what people meant when they said that :)

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« Reply #8 on: Fri, 16 October 2009, 13:24:41 »
There was a keyboard for a wearable that I remember that looked really slick.  It had a nice modifier to switch to the other hand, and it was nice and compact, but seemed more like a traditional keyboard in key travel and touch.  It was even beige.

If you want to learn to type one-handed in a desktop setting, look at dvorak-left or dvorak-right.  Those are just rearrangements on the standard keyboard if memory serves.  I've considered learning dvorak-left, but since I do PC service and literally touch thousands of keyboards a year it's not been worthwhile to learn any alternate layout.
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« Reply #9 on: Fri, 16 October 2009, 17:56:04 »
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ohh... i always wondered what people meant when they said that :)


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« Reply #10 on: Fri, 16 October 2009, 17:58:43 »
a "compound fiasco" :D

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« Reply #11 on: Fri, 16 October 2009, 23:57:55 »
Anyone ever tried the half-qwerty?
http://matias.ca/halfkeyboard/demo/
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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 17 October 2009, 16:06:15 »
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Anyone ever tried the half-qwerty?
http://matias.ca/halfkeyboard/demo/


I've always thought it was a cool idea, but they want an awful lot of money for their half-qwerty boards.
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« Reply #13 on: Sat, 17 October 2009, 23:17:06 »
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I've always thought it was a cool idea, but they want an awful lot of money for their half-qwerty boards.


Apparently, there used to be software emulation out there that could do the same thing, but Matias has successfully blocked those from distribution.

Yeah, the price is a bit daunting to say the least. I considered one of these boards when I was really getting bad tendinitis and there was no decent speech recognition software for the Mac yet. It was also partly because I wanted a mechanical switch keyboard and hadn't yet known about all the other options available... still a cool idea. I started to get the hang of one handed typing after 15 minutes.
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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 18 October 2009, 07:46:10 »
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Anyone ever tried the half-qwerty?
http://matias.ca/halfkeyboard/demo/
I think it doesn't work except for when you can take a long time to practice or when you started out on one. While your fingers won't protest to mirror the keyboard, you still need to think when to press the spacebar.
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« Reply #15 on: Sun, 18 October 2009, 09:16:48 »
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I think it doesn't work except for when you can take a long time to practice or when you started out on one. While your fingers won't protest to mirror the keyboard, you still need to think when to press the spacebar.


Well, perhaps Matias makes it sound a little too easy on their website. Nothing's instantaneous, but it didn't seem like it was that hard to pick up on a basic level.
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« Reply #16 on: Sun, 18 October 2009, 12:31:07 »
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I have a half keyboard too.


Well, you might once you decide on the switch type and actually wire it up.  :-)
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« Reply #17 on: Sun, 18 October 2009, 13:18:23 »
@ripster: are you actually going to program for onehanded typing? Or just for gaming?

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« Reply #18 on: Mon, 19 October 2009, 00:51:53 »
Thats a shame, I had considered developing a ahk script to work with the nostromo or some such similar product. One handed keyboards are actually the reason I ended up on this website... many hours and, more money than I had to spend down the line... still no one handed keyboard...