I always read about how our QWERTY typewriters were designed to deliberately 'slow' you down. I even taught this to my classes of elementary and middle school students.
Do elementary teachers have a quota of old wives tales and myths to impart to their students? QWERTY typewriters were designed to avoid mechanical jams resulting from commonly used keys being too close together.
I pulled out my Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing manual (in the days when they came with paper manuals) to compare the results of these 5th graders with the Dvorak keyboard. I was stunned, as they matched almost perfectly.
You were stunned to learn that a layout based on statistical frequencies of English letters closely matched a statistical sampling of English letters?
If young children without a bias come up with the same result, there is a rightness and a logic to it.
Your wife will be calling to make sure you remembered to pick everybody up.
Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into "reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour.
How can this ridiculous situation occur, and what is Microsoft's response... read on."
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It's far from clear what's causing this; the site's PageRank is apparently fine. Attempts to contact Google have fallen on deaf ears and dumb autoresponders. The site was even recently redesigned in the hope of fixing the problem, with no luck so far. Is the world's most popular search engine really this broken, and how much money are people bringing in from knowing the black magic to work around it?"