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How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity?

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard layout (or other alternative layouts) at improving efficiency/productivity at the computer? Has any research been done on improved typing speed or productivity?
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Is it a good idea to try dvorak when you already have a 140 wpm speed?

I can maintain a speed of 140 wpm in freeform typing, I wonder if I can push it a little further. Is it worth learning the Dvorak at this point?
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Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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Keyboard for walking

I would like to be able to type my thoughts while I am walking. I remember many years ago seeing a keyboard which was controlled by a single hand and had the shape of a grip. Recently I've come ...
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Programmer/Coder/SysAdmin Typing Productivity

I try to learn how to type fast and have managed to learn a lot. I am quite good at typing english text now. I do a lot of programmation though and if QWERTY seems fitted for english text, it doesn't ...
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Is the conventional hand placement for touch typing really the most efficient way?

The conventional hand placement for touch typing is as the following: However, some very fast typists report using a non conventional hand placement technique. Examples are the asker of this ...
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How to scroll/navigate in text or Firefox browser without having to leave the typewriter keys?

I notice that it is often disruptive for me, to leave the "typewriter" section of my computer keyboard to jump to the arrow keys, e. g. for navigation up/down in a list or dropdown menu (e. g. when ...
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Choosing a better keyboard layout for programming and text production

What I need: I am looking for a better, more efficient keyboard layout for the kind of work I do. It needs to be available on Linux and Windows. Can someone recommend a layout that suggest my needs? ...
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Remapping the underscore key

I'm thinking about remapping my underscore key since I use it frequently in filenames and its quite a pain to get to when I type. I have no problem doing so, but I was wondering if there is a standard ...