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    When I was in boy scouts, as part of learning Morse code, I was told
    that the inventor of the typewriter originally put the letter 'e' under
    the left middle finger, just below its present position. The typist
    was often too fast and the print bars would jam. I heard the same
    story when I took a typing class. This led me to wonder if 't' might
    have been moved from the home row for the same reason. 'E is dit and T
    is dash, under middle and index the print bars would clash'.
    If e and t on the home row made the human 'typewriter' too fast for the
    machine, now that the machine can keep up, wouldn't it be a good idea
    to put these letters back where they belong?
    My letters over the years to various publications and keyboard
    companies have often been answered with the observation that the Dvorak
    keyboard, the gold standard, hasn't done very well in the market place
    and that even small changes have big costs. Several days ago an
    employee Segin suggested I try 'keytweek'. I hope that you will email,
    or even publish, the following for anyone who might be interested.

    The transposition of the letters dfjk with etni on a standard keyboard
    increases the amount of text typed from the four keys under the middle
    and index fingers by five times, from 7.5% to 37%. While not as
    efficient as the Dvorak keyboard, it is much easier to learn. The
    transposed keys remain under the same fingers and feel very natural.
    The transposition can be thought out without benefit of a keyboard map.
    For those who might worry that they will not be able to go back to
    qwerty, the experience of many Dvorak users is that a typist can be
    bikeyboardal. The letters etni are fairly easy to get used to but you
    may find yourself trying to type dfjk from their old locations.

    I have found a keyboard remapping program that is free, downloads
    quickly and is very easy to use. I am typing this email on a keyboard
    remapped to the 'etni' transposition layout. The program is called
    'Keytweak 2.11' and can be googled up by that name. It is available
    from several sites, includeing PC magazine and recommended by several
    keyboard manufacturers, includeing TypeMatrix. The creator of the
    program is Travis Krumsick.

    1) After you have loaded the program hit start.
    2) Click the keytweak icon and a graphic of a keyboard will appear.
    3) Click the 'Full teach mode' at the bottom of the screen.
    4) A box will appear. Click 'begin teach mode'.
    5) Press the key you want to reassign, then the key you want it
    reassigned to. In this case d and e.
    6) Click 'remap key#1 to key#2'
    7) The box will disappear and the scancodes of the keys will appear in
    the 'pending changes' window at the bottom right.
    8) Follow the same procedure (from 3) for the remaining seven remaps.
    9) Click 'apply' and you will be asked if you want to turn off the
    computer to apply the changes.
    At the top there is also a clickable 'restore defaults' to give
    you back your qwerty layout.
    I was able to remap in under three minutes and restore qwerty in
    thirty seconds, not includeing the restart.

    If you would like to determine if etni on the home row is comfortable
    for you, you might try typing the paragraph below in pretend mode.

    Google is going to have a service that grants a location search option,
    it gives unique results in the place where you are. Recently a company
    began selling a wrist computer that uses the palm pilot operating
    system and entry character set. It has real potential to receive
    emails, cell phone text messages or the google service. Perhaps 'may I
    have the time' will become 'may I have the time and weather'. This
    will come out as shown below.

    Googld ks gokjg fo havd a sdrvkcd fhaf grajfs a locafkoj sdarch opfkoj,
    kf gkvds ujkqud rdsulfs kj fhd placd whdrd you ard. Rdcdjfly a compajy
    bdgaj sdllkjg a wrksf compufdr fhaf usds fhd palm pklof opdrafkjg
    sysfdm aje sfylus djfry characfdr sdf. Kf has rdal pofdjfkal fo
    rdcdkvd dmakls, cdll phojd fdxf mdssagds or fhd googld sdrvkcd.
    Perhaps 'may I havd fhd fkmd' wkll bdcomd 'may K havd fhd fkmd aje
    wdafhdr'. Fhks wkll comd ouf as showj bdlow.

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