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Interestingly, when I'm away from my own computer, I mouse right-handed (at Internet cafes, friends' computers, work, etc.).
Now I have two reasons to switch the home trackball back to the right hand - (1) I can feel my left hand fatiguing pretty quickly when I'm on the computer, and (2) my fiance curses everytime he sits down at my computer because the lefty trackball doesn't work for him *at all*.
So I switched back and I'm having the hardest time getting used to the trackball on the right. Which is weird, because I used to use it on the right at home, plus I mouse on the right all the time away from home.
I'm wondering why I'm having this difficulty switching *at home* and nowhere else. It's very strange and starting to make me a little nutty.
Anyone else have similar mousy experiences or advice on how to get used to it again?
The only analogy that comes to mind for me is when I switched to Opera.
I'd used IE for almost 6 years, then went cold turkey to Opera. The only way I was able to defeat my cravings for IE was to just keep using Opera. Eventually, I defeated IE's calling, and now am 100% Opera with no needs to switch back.
Nutshell: the only way you can produce habits, are by repetition. Stick with the right, and don't look back. Before you know it, you'll be there.
(If you've had wrist/RSI surgery, I recommend you do the same, your fingers do 1/3 the work. It will take 2 to 3 weeks to become as proficient in dvorak is your are in qwerty, in a month you'll be full-speed. Its also *really* easy to learn, since you can start typing real words with your fingers on the home row.)
Its easy, and strangely automatic, to sit down at another computer and start typing qwerty. If I sit down at my computer, I type dvorak. Its like your brain has this little automatic switch inside that expects to work one way or the other.
The only problem is when I switch keyboard layouts. Then I have problems because I'm thinking about what I'm doing. Relaxing lets my mind resume using the correct layout.
But back to the topic: I had a similar experience switching from a Sun keyboard to a PC keyboard. I used a PC keyboard everywhere else with no problems, but at my home workstation I just kept hitting CapsLock when I wanted Control.
I re-arranged my workspace and that seemed to reset the weird environment/muscle memory link that was messing me up.
I usually find that just closing my eyes and consciously thinking for half a second about what I'm doing brings about the switch and I'm back to pretty quick typing in the new environment.
Recently I finally got a wireless keyboard with a US layout for my own machine, but due to some screw ups it gets from the wireless signals I sometimes switch back to my old german keyboard. So riht now I'm typign on a german keyboard but us settigns in windows, and I basically hit all the keys just fine. With a little practice you'll find you can switch quickly and effortlessly between setups and layouts.
In fact I encourage you to change around your home environment regularly, so you don't get too used to one setup. It'll be the tactile equivalent of bilinguality!
BTW, any typos NOT the Z-Y switch are originally mine.