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QWERTY – open the drawer and throw it in

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QWERTY – Why are the keys arranged this way on a keyboard.

This topic came up in class two weeks ago.  In 1874 Remington & Sons manufactured the first commercial typewriter, called the Remington Number 1. This typewriter was designed by Christopher Sholes and used the ‘QWERTY’  keyboard we are all familiar with.  The myth is that mechanical keyboards would jam if typists hit the keys too quickly so that is why the most commonly used keys are set far apart.  He arranged the most common letters in hard to reach spots to slow typists down and avoid jamming the keys.  All the vowels except ‘a’ are on the top line.  One of the most common pairs of letters  ‘th’ are situated near to each other but did not clash on the mechanical typewriter.  Do you know that you can type the work ‘pumpkin’ and ‘minimum’ with one hand. Today the keyboard is a universal fixture even on the most advanced, sophisticated computers and word processors electronic technology can produce.  After all, expert typists can can do nearly 100 words a minute with QWERTY . Word processors increase that speed significantly.  Did you know that there is also another keyboard DVORAK (1936)?

This idea  came to me during my waking hours one night last week.  I tossed and turned and eventually opened the drawer of my bedside locker and threw the ideas in so that I could get to sleep.  (I have been using this technique for a few years now whenever something gets hold of you and keeps you awake). It works most of the time.  Sometimes I wake up next morning to find the drawer open and I wonder what thoughts/ideas did I throw in there during the night.  Most times I remember, but there are still some in there waiting to be released.  What a tale that drawer could tell.  Mmmm….   thoughts for the future. 

To get back to the point, this is my version of qwerty in association with the Business Innovation Programme.  I have included some words from our classes in  Digital Media, Foundations of Marketing and Innovation and Creativity

Q      is for     QR codes, Questionnaires, QFD (quality function deployment)

W    is for      Web, Warehousing,Working Groups

E     is for      Email, Evaluation,Early Adopters

R     is for      Research, Repositioning, Rebranding

T     is for      Twitter, Trademarks, Teams

Y     is for      YouTube, Yield Management, You.

Hope I have given you food for thought and a little insight into QWERTY.  Typing will never be the same again.  I can see lots of  words popping out of the keyboard even now as I type.   Wonder what I will find in the ‘drawer’ next.
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