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John Byrne
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I was introduced to QWERTY in a Lois Lane story, where she "proves" some bad guys are not really reporters because they don't know "who" Qwert Yuiop is. Years later, MAD magazine would name an eye-bending optical illusion the POIUYT, reversing the sequence.

(If this is making no sense to you, take a look at the top row of letters on your keyboard.)

Today, tho, I came across a Fun Fact that was new to me. The word "typewriter" uses letters only from that same top row.

I know, meaningless, pointless, but I get a kick out of this kind of stuff!

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Here's one that is totally pointless but I always found interesting;
The number 40 written out (forty) is the only number in alphabetical order.

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---The word "typewriter" uses letters only from that same top row.---JB

Oooo & Prototype!

There's bound to be a website filled with those.

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I type 'reserves' a couple dozen times a day.  Always nice to leave my lazy right hand on the mouse.  
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I think Querty was devised for manual typewriters to stop the keys jamming,with the advent of electric,and now computer keyboards Querty is probably redundant and a more logical layout would be more apt,except we are all now used to Querty!
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The QWERTY keyboard is one of those outdated things that could disappear with new, virtual keyboards making typing customizable for future generations.

Of course, with voice recognition, typing might become obsolete.
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Yes, QWERTY was designed to place the most frequently used letters under the weakest fingers, precisely to reduce the number of jams. And, also yes, altho it is therefore impractical, it is the one we're used to.

One of the great confusions when I allowed myself to be drawn into the world of text messages was the difficulty of "typing" on my phone's alphabetic keypad. I bought my first iPhone in large part due to its QWERTY keyboard.

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Of course, with voice recognition, typing might become obsolete.
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Good Lord I hope not.
As bad as some of the phone voice recognition menus are, I'd hate to
see commerce become reliant on it.

I can just see myself on Craig's List trying to order yellow pine wooden
boards and receiving nine cowardly men with no facial expressions
who tell bad stories and don't like to do anything.

Besides, for some, typing is the last line of defense for them
commenting on something they should keep to themselves.
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There's an old story of a machine intended to translate English into Russian and back. For a test, it was given the phrase "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." The Russian translation came back in English as "The wine is good, but the meat is poor."

Luckily, this was not connected to the Hotline!

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Brad Brickley
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Has anyone tried to switch their keyboard to a Dvorak layout? I type pretty good on the Qwerty, but the Dvorak is supposed to be easier and faster to use. 
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Just wasn't up for the effort it would take for the extra speed.  Have QWERTY down; too lazy to learn Dvorak.
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QWERTY is the devil I know!
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