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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2008, 01:32:01 AM »
I think mine is around 35-40, but it depends on what I'm typing.  I'm SUPER slow when I'm trying to copy something over.  My fingers sometimes go crazy and I end up typing really weird things without me realising it.  Generally my indes and middle fingers do most of the work, but my ring finger comes into play around the egde of the keyboard.  almost NEVER my pinkie.  I can type like a normal person and can touch type slowly, but i type fast the other way.  I can actually touch type THAT was as well!!!  This paragraph is proof of that!!!
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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2008, 07:27:45 PM »
Bubby,

I'm told there are 'larger' keyboards available for the 'big fingered'.  I've never seen one, but they sound like a good idea.

Although I rarely use them I find the cramped up keyboards on smaller laptops a nightmare.

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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2008, 05:09:25 AM »

Gyppo - I am not normally a suspicious individual - but do I detect a 'wind up' on this poor , innocent naive newbie?!

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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2008, 07:48:51 AM »
No.  I windeth you not.  I truly have been told of such things.  I'll have a little flit round the web later and see if I can find any details for you. I suspect they are designed for people who have jittery fingers rather than merely large, but I'll see if I can find one. Doubt if they'll be cheap though.

I think this was a hidden but long-lost advantage of the older typewriter with its steeply banked keys, the vertical separation gave extra distance betwween keys.

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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2008, 08:23:07 AM »
I learnt to touch type at around the age of 14 on an old fashioned manual typewriter, and my speed varies at around 45-50 wpm (almost as fast as my brain on a good day!)  ::)
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Re: What's your typing speed?
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2008, 12:36:48 PM »
Bubby,

I had my quick flit around the web using "larger keyboards' as a search term and found several seeming possibilities.   A more in-depth search would probably find more, and perhaps secondhand examples on e-bay.  Some however were merely larger print, which doesn't address the problem of larger fingers hitting two keys ;-)

Now, I don't see big fingers as a disability but some of the solutions for those with jittery fingers seem like a good idea.

One is a keyguard - something I didn't even know existed until today.  Basically this is a cover with holes in it which sits over the board so that each key is, effectively, set into a slight dip.  Just deep enough to ensure the user doesn't press two keys at once.  According to the adverts it's often cheaper (we'll come to price later) to buy a board and compatible keyguard at the same time, rather than to hunt around for a guard to fit an existing board.

The second solution is the thing I'd heard about, the bigger keyboard.  I'm sure there are several variations on this, but I'll put a link below to the site which seemed the most informative.  It does away with the number pad that most writers probably don't use to find space for keys which are one inch square.  The number row along the top doubles as f keys if you press the extra 'Function' key.

http://www.bigkeys.com/

The problem is price!  If you write for a living you could soon get your money back; otherwise...

I wonder if anyone on this circle uses such a board and would be willing to give a user's viewpoint.  To me it's a fascinating bit of kit, but I don't doubt that to some others it would be a lifeline.

Gyppo

   
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