April 27, 2015

I’m shocked that I need to actually say this. If you work with computers(sysadmin, programming, whatever), learn to touch type! I had a 15 minute conversation with a college student about whether he should go into network administration or security auditing. After we finished talking, he turned around to his keyboard and started two finger typing! I’m talking hunting and pecking folks.

That’s like a carpenter’s apprentice repeatedly hitting himself in the thumb with his hammer.

If you buy the whole thing about software engineers being craftsmen, then your keyboard is a tool like your text editor, compiler, debugger, etc. You need to know how to use it. And there’s really no excuse. There’s about a million free typing tutor sites. Pick one and start.

There’s even a version of House of The Dead where you kill zombies by typing Japanese words floating above their heads instead of shooting them.

Typing of the Dead

So you really have no excuse :)