I got my Japan laptop this week. I did little with it until yesterday with work and home stuff demanding my attention.
I got email and instant messaging and a whack of other apps going. I also converted my US work phone to get my Japan emails and such. Switching the iPhone was not intuitive or brief.
Today I finally made some time to start customizing my laptop.
I don’t think I properly conveyed to management here how important having proper Japan focused tools are to me and my doing well. Lesson learned.
Fun fact: the Japanese keyboard layout is different from the US layout in significant ways. The cool bits are that the changes, for the most part, don’t interfere with US typing habits and when they do – they make sense!
When typing emails, how great would it be if the @ is an unshifted key? SPOILER ALERT – pretty awesome.
- How about taking a page from the old Blackberry, where the $ is an unshifted key? Boom! The ¥ key is direct type – no shift required.
- and ^ are first key unshifted, too.
Yes. My typing is a bit impaired right now, mostly with the @ and ‘ for contractions (now shift-7).