It’s been one week now since I switched to the dvorak layout, the main reasons for it being a preemptive strike on RSI and the desire of going through a formal touch typing training without the vices of many years of crappy qwertying. It’s been easily one of the most mentally exhausting experiences in my life, and the shock of the first couple of days is something worth noting: when you type at less than 10 words per minute using your computer becomes a very alienating activity, and the tools that were previously your second home become total strangers (ahem, emacs).
Of course I still write like crap (maybe around 25-30 wpm if you trust gtypist), but I can already see how this layout was actually designed to ease writing (in english). The downside is that some well known keyboard interactions are qwerty-centric, like Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V and Ctrl-X, and some emacs key chords feel more forced than the usual. Another problem is that my hacking productivity went to hell temporarily, but I still have hopes of doing something interesting during GUADEC with the Epiphany and maemo guys among others (btw, already in Birmingham: horrible flight, and they lost the luggage of almost all the nokians, me included. Impressive).