I really couldn't find anywhere that makes sense to ask this so as I'm a known face down here I thought I'd abuse the system a little and ask here.
Last week I took a spill on my bike and broke my Scaphoid in a big way. The doctors are telling me I'm going to be about 3 months in plaster and an operation. Long term it's going to be an injury I'll carry and there's a strong chance it will never truly settle down
I touch type(d) at reasonable pace and work in IT full time in a job where I need to be able to act in a hurry. Typing one handed my accuracy and speed are seriously reduced and I'm finding myself having to look at the keyboard which is not helping my neck which is already taking a beating from the sling.
Having had a Google I can see there are some amazing HW solutions (at a price!) but I'm interested in any SW or other tips people can give me. I read that with lots of practice some one handed users can get 80 WPM on a qwerty and using standard kit is always a bonus. I'm Win XP at work and whatever I want at home.
I thought about a frog pad but wonder how good it would actually be. At the moment though I'm faster on a phone KB than a real one.
Perhaps you could look for lettering layouts that use the standard key shapes/arrangements (so you can use any normal keyboard) that are better for one-handed usage. QWERTY was never designed to be good for two hands, let alone one.
ijack - I'd completely missed that one having only used it many years ago. It might work well for some of the things I have to type. Possibly better for home use as the office is quite noisy.
linux_0 - Just the sort of answer I've come to expect from you. I'll have a play this week and see just what it can do. A lot of the tasks that are less time critical use a limited dictionary so if I train it up it might be quite quick. If nothing else it looks awesome.
Randomiser - Yeah, I've seen them. If I was claiming against somebody for the accident I'd have one on order. The two handed one is one hell of a toy for RSI type issues which might be where it ends up on a few months.
For one handed I'm wondering if a compact KB with pad or track point might work. There was a cut down think-pad one I was looking at awhile back for reasonable money.
Thanks for the ideas - I'll let you know how I get on!
Anyhow, good new from the docs. Would seem the fracture is nowhere near as bad as they first thought. I'm now in a splint not a cast and can use a couple of fingers on my left hand. I'm a long way of typing war and peace but it don't half make it a lot easier than last week.
I'm just going to go with a compact KB with a very light action as the budget working solution. I'll have to have a play with some of the other ideas on here though. This recent spell has given me motivation to ensure I can help others that find themselves in a similar boat.