Computer Tips: Introduction to Keyboard alternatives
Reasons for the dvorak keyboard's comeback, and why the qwerty is slower. Tip on what key board is best for you.
Only a few number of people have ever heard of the "Dvorak" keyboard, let alone know what it is and what happened to it. The Dvorak keyboard is a key setup designed to maximize speed and minimize errors. The keyboard was phased out around the invention of the typewriter as an attempt to "slow down" typists. It is easy enough to learn and with only a moderate amount of practice you can become more efficient in your typing.
Dr. August Dvorak, for whom it's named, invented the Dvorak keyboard over a century ago. It lays out keys in a manner so as to put the most often used letters in the easiest to reach and strike accurately in spot. Most users can greatly increase their speed by switching to this system. In 1944 the United States Navy performed tests with 14 typists to see if they could easily be retrained to type on a Dvorak keyboard, the answer was yes. These fourteen typists after only fifty-two hours of training had already reached their average typing speed with the QWERTY keyboard. On top of this the typists increased their accuracy by sixty-eight percent.
The history of the QWERTY keyboard (named for the first six letters in the upper left) is proof in and of itself of Dvorak's superiority. Christopher Sholes, the inventor of the original typewriter, designed the QWERTY keyboard. He took the most commonly used keys and placed them far apart to slow down the type. This was in the days when two fingered typing was the accepted method and anything faster than average speed could quite easily jam the typewriter. After typewriters had improved and the ten finger typing method came into being, the QWERTY keyboard was never phased out for a faster system.
The Dvorak keyboard is a much faster and efficient keyboard setup. However because of a vicious cycle of typists not changing because of hardware, and hardware not changing because of typists, it has never been fully implemented. Most people with only a moderate time commitment can improve their typing skills and speed by switching to this setup. For anyone wishing to switch, the Dvorak keyboard is supported by all operating systems, by simply changing "keyboard layout" in your settings. The keyboards themselves are available through many online vendors, or from special order at a local computer score. These keyboards are a great commitment of time and money, just because of the spare hours they will save you when typing business reports, term papers, homework, or just plain e-mail.
One of the more overlooked areas of stylish dressing is the relationship between belts and shoes. The first point to make regarding belts and shoes is that you should not actually match them, they should compliment each other. They should work together visually but not match so closely that it looks like you purchased them as a set!
A simple rule to keep in mind is that you should wear a brown belt with brown shoes and a black belt with black shoes. We will also cover tone, dress vs casual, and bright colors.
Tone will mostly apply to brown, as there are so many shades to choose from. The darker the shoe is the darker the belt should be. It is not advisable to wear chocolate brown shoes with a light brown belt. You will need to find something closer in tone. You want to create harmony in the tones of leather not conflict. Again, you want them to compliment each other.
The next point to consider is if your outfit is dressy or casual. We will look at three elements when determining this, buckle, leather type, and width. A nice, trim, shiny belt buckle says dressy. If you are wearing a suit with nice leather soled shoes this is the direction to go. If you have a belt with a buckle that looks like it was forged by a blacksmith in the Middle Ages you will want to consider wearing this with a more casual outfit like jeans. Choose your leather in much the same way as your buckle. Smooth and shiny leathers tend to be more dressy and rough or textured leathers are more casual. You also need to consider width. Generally dress belts are thinner than casual ones but be careful here as the size or width of the belt loops should also play a part in determining the width of your belt. You don?t want to put a narrow belt with a pair of pants that have wide belt loops. Your belt should fit comfortably in the loops.
The last area I want to touch on is how to select a belt when wearing shoes in bright colors like red or green. Wearing a belt in the same color will often seem like too much of a good thing. If you are wearing red shoes I can pretty much guarantee that your shoes are the focal point of your outfit and a red belt would only serve to knock your look right over the edge. Consider a brown that has some red tone to it like a caramel color or such. If your brightly colored shoes have a dark sole you may choose a belt that compliments the tones there instead of the upper.
Finally, belts are a very important but often overlooked part of a man?s wardrobe. They are another example of the attention to detail that a man must consider if he wants to be truly well dressed.
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