I started 2 years ago when I was on vacation on summer, so I did not have to do the big switch when I had a lot of work to do. It took me about 2 months to start to be any good, and a bit longer to overtake my qwerty speed. I always have a laptop on me, so school computers are not really an issue. But I have done a lot of work on the linux computers at my school and I use qwerty there.
The pros: - my wrists don't hurt anymore. - I can type without looking - I can type faster than I could in qwerty (about 110WPM) Cons: - somewhat of a PITA on other computers, but after I became pretty good at dvorak I slowly relearned qwerty, and now I can type qwerty at about 60WPM. - You have to have an easy way to switch your computer if you want other people to use it. Although thats not really a problem on my iBook or my linux laptop.
Overall I though there would be more inconvenience to the switch. It has been really smooth and the combination of dvorak and my ergonomic keyboard my wrists are better. And since I am 17 saving my wrists is a good thing
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