Your keyboard a QWERTY?” asked the cyber techie with a sardonic smile.
“Course it is!” I snapped back, hoping to mask my ignorance with an annoyed response.
I didn’t want him to think that I didn’t own the latest computer hardware, or that I had been napping at a rest stop on the information superhighway.
He left with a smug, self-satisfied look that said he had left me in a gigabyte of dust with no escape key in reach. I hurried to my dictionary of computing terms to see how badly I’d been had. As it turned out, every American’s standard keyboard is a “QWERTY”—and has been since 1867!
“I knew that!” I yelled after him lamely, although he was long gone.
I discovered, too, in reading, that QWERTY—the first six keys on the top row of letters—were an inefficiency created by design. As typists got faster, they…
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