Web siteMeasure and post your WPM typing speed: http://www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php
      – BorgClown, 2008-11-25 at 00:42:23   (21 comments)

On 2008-11-25 at 00:45:50, BorgClown wrote...
41 WPM, with no errors. No errors is cute, because I'm used to correct them on the fly, but my typing skills suck for someone who types a lot. I don't touch-type, I hunt-and-peck, therefore, my speed is average for the style: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typing#Alphanumeric_entry When coding I've felt that typing takes too long, but I've always put on hold learning touch-typing. I have the time now, so fuck it, I'm learning it.
On 2008-11-25 at 11:50:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
82 with no errors, "There is a lovely road..." http://www.gigliwood.com/abcd/abcd.html
On 2008-11-25 at 13:49:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
How interesting, I just watched a recording of The Gadget Show from Monday and they used the typing test site you posted in one of their tests - I wouldn't have recognised it if I'd watched it first. There are much better ones to try, however - typing games. http://www.freewebarcade.com/game/qwerty-warriors/qwerty-warriors.swf http://play.typeracer.com http://www.2addicted.com/words
On 2008-11-25 at 23:22:04, BorgClown wrote...
Interesting indeed, I found the site through a blog post on Coding Horror. From Wikipedia I found the site cursomeca.com, which lets me practice touch-typing for a Latin-America keyboard layout. I swear I'll get the gist of touch-typing in a week.
On 2008-11-25 at 23:22:33, BorgClown wrote...
LOL @ aaaa ssss dddd ffff jjjj kkkk llll ññññ
On 2008-11-25 at 23:25:16, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Uh, maybe it's not that weird that the test site was on TV. The poster stated that he used the first Google result. Maybe on that show they like to use the first result too. Personally, I rarely use the first result, although I regularly use one of the top 5.
On 2008-11-25 at 23:49:16, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right - it took a couple of guesses but it is the first result for 'typing speed'. That QWERTY Warriors game (which isn't QWERTY-specific, so the name is misleading) is one I found easy enough on the 'impossible' setting that I played single games for a few hours non-stop. I had to quit because I became tired of the continuous typing... oddly I had trouble with it today, though.
On 2008-11-26 at 07:44:59, BorgClown wrote...
I liked them, specially the one where you shoot the worded army. But they're fully enjoyable only if you touch-type. I'll try them later when I'm more advanced in my lessons.
On 2008-12-04 at 01:14:59, Thewrit wrote...
37, with 3 errors. i think i need to improve it.
On 2008-12-04 at 02:44:46, BorgClown wrote...
I'm on my eighth lesson of 27, so more like a month is needed to learn touch-typing. And a few more months to really get the muscle-memory and speed.
On 2008-12-13 at 00:35:24, BorgClown wrote...
I'm on my third week of lessons, fighting lesson 23. Currently it sucks because touch typing has messed with my hunt-and-peck typing, so I make more mistakes using my old style, yet I make even more touch typing, with the bonus of making them painfully slow. I hope to finish the lessons before Christmas in order to round them up in one month.
On 2008-12-13 at 00:37:57, BorgClown wrote...
BTW, I used hunt-and-peck to write these posts, I still have trouble with letter case and a few symbols.
On 2008-12-13 at 09:23:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
When I learnt to touch-type in Dvorak, I did so exclusively - I left my two-fingered typing alone. That means if I'm using someone's QWERTY keyboard, the moment I look down at the keys I switch to QWERTY... and when I look away I go back to Dvorak. It's amazing to have both brain/body/key maps at once. When I learned Dvorak it was going against all my existing QWERTY touch-typing instincts, and I could almost feel my brain re-wiring itself. It's not often that you feel your brain struggling to unlearn one thing and learn something entirely new.
On 2008-12-13 at 22:37:05, BorgClown wrote...
Today´s comments were proudly - and painfully - touch typed
On 2008-12-13 at 22:42:27, BorgClown wrote...
I suppose touch-typing gives you that kind of flexibility, my wife uses an international US keyboard layout and needs just a few seconds to adapt to my LA keyboard.
On 2008-12-13 at 22:46:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I get to use the UK Dvorak layout on Linux, since it's just a simple xmodmap command. On MS Windows, however, the Dvorak layout provided is US only and they deliberately make it as difficult as possible to create your own keymaps. First it was binary, then DLLs (!) and then... I don't know what they use now? Ugh. So between home and work (or just dual-booting into MS Windows) I have to struggle to work out where @ and " are, for example.
On 2008-12-13 at 22:55:15, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's best to learn to touch type whenever you can, even if it means your work suffers because you take much longer. I suppose it takes a couple of weeks to become confident, and then after that you get some gradual improvement for a short time before reaching your peak. It's really good that you're making the effort... I never understand the multitudes of people who use computers every day and still don't learn to look at the screen as they type - which would help them cut down on errors, other than those of just hitting the wrong key. It's also enormously faster, which means you can type closer to the speed you think.
On 2008-12-13 at 23:01:47, BorgClown wrote...
That is my main motivation, to type closer to the speed one thinks. Usually one can form a complete paragraph mentally, and it is annoying to wait for your fingers to finish typing it.
On 2009-01-05 at 22:45:15, Thelevellers wrote...
I got 30 and 5 errors... I don't touch type, but hunt and peck doesn't cover it... It's a bit of a mix, I have to look at the keyboard, but don't follow my fingers exactly... Also, I was caught out by the passages hawing incorrect capitalisations... :( BTW Lee, thanks in retrospect! You mentioned Dvorak to me back in the summer on SB, and I made the switch... It was almost literally painful the first couple of days, especially as I had a lot of IMs with people... I learnt REALLY fast though, and got faster than I ever have been at qwerty! Plus the look of pain on my friends faces as they struggle to get to grips with it is AWESOME! :) Oh yeah, and the fact that at least one of my house mates has become ok with it by accident makes me very happy! :) Now, where was I?!?! :s
On 2009-01-05 at 22:50:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Oh dear, did I actually recommend it? (-: Dvorak is a nightmare when you're at work and not a single person accepts that it's a good choice. Although in theory you can set up the keyboard shortcut toggle the key map, no-one else is willing to learn what it is and gets seriously confused when they accidentally switch to Dvorak and get mad with you... Not to mention their embarrassment when they start typing on your machine and then look at the gibberish on the screen.
On 2009-01-06 at 22:13:13, BorgClown wrote...
@Thelevellers: That's hunt and peck. People can get quite fast at it by memorizing whole statements before peeking at the keyboard.