2013-06-10

the effect of keyboard hardware on your keyboarding habit

Here's a example. From 2005 to 2008, i was using the classic Microsoft Natural Keyboard. In about 2009, i switched to the new model Microsoft Natural 4000. The new keyboard is great, and i think it's a improvement, however, ON THAT KEYBOARD i developed a habit to press the {1, 2} keys by twisting my wrist to the left and press it with my middle finger (instead of using pinky and not turning wrist. (because, somehow on this new model, it's harder to press the 1 with pinky)). Then, i developed RSI symptoms. RSI cause is very difficult to track down, but eventually, after panicking for weeks, i eventually tracked it down to this wrist movement. For the full story, see: Programer Hand Health: vi Esc Key Syndrome.

Here's another personal example: Keyboarding: Effect of Mechanical Key Switches on You.

see also Bad Advices from Programers about Typing & Keyboard (RSI)