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I've been searching for the answer to this question for a while now:
Should I use the thumb of the hand opposite the hand entering the last letter of a word to hit the spacebar?
Should I use the thumb of the hand opposite the hand entering the first letter of the next word to hit spacebar?
I've opted for the first option, but as I practice it, I sometimes wonder if I could be enabling a bad habit here. I realize that for most people (myself included), the natural thing to do is rely dominantly on one thumb more than the other. I personally found that I was using the right thumb EXCLUSIVELY, and that this was hampering my ability to type at higher speeds. Especially annoying seeing as I use Dvorak and need to make those delicious right-pinky stretches.
I've tried Colemak twice now, and switched back to Dvorak both times (just as I was getting good :p) because I switch computers all the time at school, and I move somewhat frequently; having Dvorak pre-loaded on everything Windows, NT 3.51 and up, is a godsend and I don't want to forget how to touch-type it. Which brings me to my last point: I don't want to remap anything. I have heard from some that a great workaround for my spacebar dilemma is to modify an alt key and use a thumb there, so as to only have one thumb on spacebar and the other on alt (maybe make it the "E" key, like Maltron). But unfortunately, I would really prefer to stay with the default layout.
So which of the two options listed above is best? I know many of you are going to tell me that this isn't worth the effort, but I think you'll understand when I say that re-learning how to type can be quite fun, and that I enjoy the challenge.