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Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

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Is faster overall, despite need to correct more errors
  3327 votes / 18%
Is both faster overall and freer of errors
  6326 votes / 35%
Seems to be similar in speed and error rate
  3046 votes / 17%
Is freer of errors but slower
  836 votes / 4%
Is slower and has more errors
  1483 votes / 8%
I don't type
  254 votes / 1%
I have no immediate peers!
  2544 votes / 14%
17816 total votes.
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Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

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  • What I have noticed (Score:4, Interesting)

    by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @02:33AM (#42963595) Journal

    I've noticed that my typing speed has not changed much in the last 30 years (I type less than I used to, but intermittently type a lot). However, my error rate has definitely gone up in the last 10 years. There are two possible culprits, as far as I can see: (i) in my 50s, and age is creeping up on me; (ii) too many changes in keyboard, especially on laptops. I tend to blame the latter, of course, as I change my work laptop every couple of years, use a variety of other keyboards at work (desktop and laptop) with a few different language layouts, and use three different keyboards on the home PCs. It used to be much simpler.

  • Age or Keyboard? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nishi-no-wan (146508) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @09:32AM (#42965887) Homepage Journal

    I've found that I do have more errors that I used to as I type. And my speed is not nearly what it used to be. However, I easily out-type news reporter friends of mine while chatting (both on computers - not mobile). They write a couple of articles a day. Shouldn't they have more key presses than a coder?

    I'm blaming the newer keyboards for a lot of the increased errors that I feel that I'm hitting. Keyboards from the 1980s just felt a lot better. You had to have intent to hit a key. That doesn't seem to be the case any more.

  • Re:Stupid (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tempest69 (572798) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:29AM (#42966499) Journal
    It should have been "Do you feel more or less susceptible to the Dunning-Kreuger Effect than the general populace?"
    but this put a little lipstick on the question.
  • Re:touch-typing? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nethemas the Great (909900) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @05:21PM (#42972237)
    I'm confused. Where they hell are all the geeks? Correctly or otherwise touch typing (not looking at the damn keyboard) seems like a skill inseparable from effective usage of a PC in a professional IT setting. I'd find it quite impossible to take anyone that constantly bounces their eyes back and forth from keyboard to screen seriously.
  • by Lacrocivious Acropho (741314) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @08:28PM (#42974309)

    I used to be a (mostly newspaper) typesetter, back when dedicated 'cold type' typesetting machines were required, namely, pre-PC. The keyboards on those machines were amazingly good, albeit usually all grey and twice as wide as a simple qwerty board, so if you got off the home keys you would hear horrible clunking sounds as their positioning mechanics attempted to execute gibberish commands. I was able to cruise along at 120 words per minute on those, with vanishingly few errors despite having only a 16-character horizontally scrolling LED bar to show me what I was keying. The laborious process of pasting in corrections definitely encouraged accuracy.

    Racing deadlines and with typical news stories which rarely contain complex words, I could manage sustained bursts of nearly 140 wpm with very few errors.

    Today, at 59, I have been seduced by the ease with which errors are corrected on PCs, as well as the wonders of GUI environments, and my raw typing speed not only has fallen to 80-85 wpm, I also make a lot more errors requiring the backspace key. You have to practice just as you do with music to maintain very high typing speeds, and today's environments simply do not require or reward such effort for most people.

    The best typesetter I knew was an accomplished classical pianist. He could typeset 140 wpm for hours at a time, while carrying on casual conversations with passersby and editors, with almost no errors whatsoever, including while setting *classified ads* with all their cryptic abbreviations. The proofreaders -- yes, young whippersnappers, there used to be actual people who proofread copy before it was published! -- loathed and despised him, because few things are as boring as proofreading and never finding any errors.

    Note that while such speeds may be impressive without context, there is a vast difference between the cognitive dissociation from content almost required of a typesetter or transcriber, contrasted with the very different mind-to-motor-skill requirements of *composing* while typing.

    As for keyboards themselves, few PC keyboards in my experience rise above the level of execrable. The IBM Model M was an exception, while more recently and of a completely different type, the Logitech K800's (backlit!) keyswitches have finally made notebook-style keyboards a joy to use. The overwhelmingly vast majority of PC keyboards available today, however, still suck donkey butt with a vengeance.

  • by Hartree (191324) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @11:23PM (#42975541)

    Taking any medications that you weren't when you were younger?
    I've recently noticed that I make more typing errors since changing to another blood pressure medicine. Quite a number of medicines can do that kind of thing.

  • by networkBoy (774728) on Friday February 22, 2013 @03:10PM (#42982631) Homepage Journal

    I got promoted for doing that.
    We had a completely *mental* process where we would get an XLS file and had to manually translate the tables of register names and bit positions into C structs.
    Budgeted time: 2 person weeks.
    I spent the two weeks writing a perl script that did everything I needed (ok, 2 hours, then the rest of the time making it do 'cool' stuff to the source code, and compiler, and source control, and....)
    Total runtime of the script? 2.5 minutes.

    Did this for a couple projects, turned in the changes same day I would get the XLS files. Boss thought I was doing something akin to faking it. Showed him the script, got a promotion 1 month later.
    He asked me how I thought of doing it that way, told him I was lazy, this was easier...

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