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My journey with Colemak has come to an end. I know I have debated about its merits and flaws on numerous threads here but its time to say "Adios".
Its not been a straight forward enjoyable journey and my fingers are probably going to hate me for this; I think with the number of mistakes I'm making now, they already are. After almost more than a year of trying to get to grips with Colemak and then, when I was finally getting traction with it, I decided to change. O yeah... My fingers hate me alright. :P
So, if not Colemak, what am I going to be using? Well, again with all the posts about choosing the right layout for myself, one would think that I would be heading to Dvorak. No.. HORROR OF ALL HORRORS, its QWERTY.
Yeah... I know.. Shocking. The biggest question is why choose something that is so bad?
Lets get something straight. QWERTY is not the best. I'm not moving to it because it is. Colemak is far superior to it; so much more comfortable and easier to type on. Right now, even looking at the keyboard, I find my fingers getting confused to and working more harder to type a single sentence. There is a whole lot more same finger movement and it seems more chaotic.
Now to answer the most important question... Why?
Its been on my mind now. When trying to decide on Dvorak vs Colemak, I came across this article (http://allthingsergo.com/blog/articles/colemak-dvorak/) which actually made some sense. It was about what is the best in the long term for me. Now I had a couple of experiences where I was went was away from my computer and I had to type a long report via email with some attachments. This was something urgent. Since I was at a friend's place, I decided to use his PC. They say that switching from Colemak to QWERTY would not be so bad, but it was for me. I could not type as fast as I wanted to. Then I started thinking. I know its not often that I do have to use another person's PC, but when I have to, I don't like the fact that I'm not comfortable on the layout he/she uses.
This also comes into play when I'm at someone's place assisting in fixing their system. Having someone look at you hunt and peck while trying to type on their system does not install the best of confidence in your abilities to fix the issues.
I'm also going to be moving around a bit, which means in my job, heading to government centers and using their terminals. Now I know they definitely won't be using Colemak and I think I need to get used to something that will make my life easier in the long run.