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Am a few years away from 40 years old, looking for a new layout.
Don't have RSI / CTS / or any other injury related whatever. Can type for hours at a keyboard with no pain etc; but I'd like to make sure that as I approach and past 40 years old that I can continue to type without pain etc. Looked at a few other alternatives, decided to go with Colemak due to the usual hype concerning statistics about heatmaps etc - but primarily for ZXCV being in the same places.
I grew up typing on an old NEC PC8001, then around age 10 or so I took a proper typing class and have been a touch typist since.
Have been a C coder professionally for the last 15 years as well - this weighs on wanting ZXCV being in the same place for shortcuts (heavy computer use etc).
Am using the Portable Colemak v0.3 Windows program (Vista 64bit at work, Win7 64bit at home) - with the onscreen keyboard enabled. I have the Colemak layout printed and hanging on cubical wall, but I don't use the picture as of right now.
Am using the typing tutor at sense-lang dot org. If links are allowed: https://www.sense-lang.org/typing/tutor … EN_colemak. I am doing the lessons in 300 character 'sizes'.
For typing speed tests, am using speedtypingonline dot com. If links are allowed: http://www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-test
My keyboards are generic rubber dome membrane QWERTY's. I'll be picking up a cherry mx blue keyboard soon enough (i miss clickies).
I've opted for a mixture of Qwerty & Colemak while learning it (seeing as how I type for a living). I guess this is similar to 'Qwerty by day, Colemak by night' - but not quite as delineated. I'll be forcing myself to work on the typing lessons in Colemak at least a few times throughout the day at work. Preferably at least once or twice an hour. And also practicing at home. I won't be running lessons back to back - but rather giving a few minutes break in between lessons.
edit: I'm also doing full Colemak, not one of the progressive / intermediate layouts that have been mentioned. While they seemed interesting, I figured I'd just go whole hog.
While learning the layout from a 'newb' position, I'll be running through the lessons throughout the day while at work. Re-doing any test I fail to get >= 97% accuracy on. As I progress, I'm not sure how I'll go about mixing the lessons in.
Once I hit full Colemak in the typing tutors with a speed of 25WPM in the generic online tests, I will probably switch to Colemak all the time.
For clarification, my day will go something like this:
* get to work, Qwerty for a bit
* run a Colemak lesson
* 5 minute break (either continue Colemak typing normally or switch back to Qwerty)
* (re-)run a Colemak lesson
* 5 minute break
* (re-)run a Colemak lesson
* do some work for a while
* either during next break in work activity or an hour later (alarms for the win) start the 3 Colemak session thing again
It'll be similar once I get home from work.
Inital WPM scores, having NEVER typed Colemak before:
* Qwerty: 99 WPM
* Colemak: 6 WPM
So far, I've completed the first four lessons of sense-lang - giving me the 8 keys under the home row resting position. I've had to repeat a couple of the lessons a couple times due to accuracy failings heh.
Of the home row resting position keys, the "S" key has been the most difficult. Probably due to it's proximity of where it was under Qwerty. The "R" and "I" keys have been slightly difficult as well, but I think that's just because they're ring finger keys.
Something that I've not seen other folks mention about learning a new keyboard layout - I have noted that after several typing lessons in the new layout, the knuckles closest / part of my palms tend to be red like they were when first starting to learn how to touch type. I suppose from the serious concentration of positioning and stuff :D.
In doing some normal typing with Colemak enabled and fumbling with the on screen keyboard (instead of lessons), I've noted quite a few of the common words and such requiring mostly home row key hits - which is neat.
And like anyone that layout switch - standard story of 'brain INSISTS on hitting Qwerty key during lesson' as well as 'after lesson and switch back to Qwerty, hit the Colemak key sometimes'.
PS: don't see a way to do a horizontal rule on this board ._.