There comes a time at which one uses a computer keyboard enough that all other keyboards become foreign. I got a new keyboard at work last week and now typing on my own machine feels really weird. I’m pretty sure I’m typing at sub-60 wpm because my fingers got retrained for my new work keyboard. What I really need to do is to get a wireless USB keyboard that I bring back and forth between work and home so that I don’t run into this problem anymore. It’s pretty irritating. I wonder if it’s a result of me using my home computer less in the past couple weeks? Muscle memory is apparently somewhat fickle and retrainable.


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  1. What keyboard are you using at work?

    Buy an identical keyboard for use at home. Yep, added expense for you but it beats carrying a keyboard on the bus. Of course, that may mean you must buy a work keyboard when you change gigs.

    I’ve been using variants of the Microsoft Natural keyboard on PCs and Macs for years. The slight differences in key orientation and attitude make a difference in ease of use. Having an inflamed carpal tunnel in the right hand led me to the switch. I can still use a flat QWERTY keyboard, but it feels better when I’m back to the raised and off-center keys of the natural keyboard.

    One other thing: check the height of the keyboard. Tops of the keys should just touch your fingers if you have your arms at 90 degrees. I’ve used a keyboard tray that allowed the keyboard to lay a little below that 90 degree line, with the back part of the keyboard slightly lower than the front. -Very- comfortable. Seems a little odd at first, but the wrists are no longer bent with the hands higher than the wrists. Having the wrists in a neutral position really reduces long term fatigue.

    One can live with a flat keyboard. Having the keyboard higher than your elbows will take it’s toll however.

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