On Fri, 4 Feb 2005, Ben Wing prattled cheerily:
> I have. It's excellent... but the single largest RSI-saver
> recognition) doesn't work well when you enunciate as poorly
> and variably as I do. So a Maltron keyboard it is, and now,
> after only a few weeks, I can't imagine why these keyboards
> aren't in use *everywhere*. They whip the flat pasty white
> rear of QWERTY keyboards. :)
What is a maltron keyboard?
One like this:
Mine has an added trackball mouse as well, and a rather different layout
of letters: <http://www.maltron.com/images/layouts/layoutmaltron2.gif>
The website says that it's optimized for minimal hand movement and
minimal hand strain; I'd believe that, but I'd add maximal wallet strain
(they make so few they have to hand-make them: it costs.)
One of these days I'll whip up an XKb Geometry description for it,
if the geometry description is flexible enough.
Btw voice recognition sucks, unless something has recently changed
dramatically, which I find hard to believe since I'm studying this field
right now :)
Well, *most* people have to speak like a Dalek to get comprehended, I
know that. For me, not even Dalek works; it has to be Dalek and an order
of magnitude slower than normal...
> (My RSI wasn't as bad as Ben's, which sounds (reads?)
Worse than you can imagine.
I didn't need to imagine; you *described* it :)
But something else obviously went wrong besides just plain rsi,
although clearly triggered by it. Exactly what, nobody knows.
I don't know about that. I know one other person who didn't change
anything when her hands started hurting, and pretty much the same thing
happened to her for a year or so. (In her case, it got bad enough that
moving anything below her shoulders hurt. Er, that is, arms and fingers
and things, not legs, obviously. :) )
If you want to hear about something extremely scary, go look up
Sympathetic Dystrophy". This isn't what happened to me, but the
out-of-proportion reaction and the progressiveness are similar.
Allodynia sounds like what happened to that friend of mine (only it's
greatly improved now, which you'd not expect with a neurological
`Blish is clearly in love with language. Unfortunately,
language dislikes him intensely.' --- Russ Allbery