Tech History Part 1: A QWERTY Story and Whether the Dvorak Layout is Actually Superior

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at a quick fact surrounding what Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Genesis had to do with Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Next we discuss our sponsor for this episode, Backblaze. Seriously, one of Simon and I’s favorite services and is ridiculously cheap and easy to setup. Just install and it does the rest making sure all your hard drives and pictures and all that are always automatically backed up in an extremely secure way for about the price of a cup of coffee.

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After the sponsor spot, we then jump into the main part of the show on how the QWERTY keyboard came to be. We also dig into whether the Dvorak keyboard layout is actually superior to QWERTY or if that’s just something people say.

Next up we look at who really invented the mouse and how it languished in obscurity for quite some time before Steve Jobs came along.

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On another note, if you could do us a huge favor and rate and review this show in whatever podcasting platform you’re using (including hopefully giving us some feedback related to the new format), we would be extremely grateful. Thanks!

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  • Question about reviews on Castbox for contest entry: Is it the channel comments that you guys will be counting for entry? I couldn’t find anything on Castbox labeled ‘review’ explicitly

  • It’s kind of a courtesy with podcasts and lectures to provide transcripts for those disinclined, or deaf, who don’t have time nor ability — for half a dozen reasons — to listen.

    One can read 30 minutes of talking in about 5 minutes once one has learnt to read.

    • Agreed — if you’re looking for a smart audience, the spoken word is just too slow. My reading speed is 400+ words per minute, podcasts bore me to… other web pages.

  • Re: “one of Simon and I’s favorite services” — can you please do an episode explaining what “I’s” means: is “Simon and I’s favorite” the same as “Simon and my favorite”? I’m asking because I’d THOUGHT it would be “Simon and my” (because I’d thought that I spoke this language natively), so I need to know when it’s “my” and when it’s “I’s”: this would make an intriguing episode, in my opinion ( or should that be “in I’s opinion”?)

  • SIGGRAPH is pronounced See-graph! 🙂 I was a student volunteer at the conference in Vancouver this past summer and I’m a member of my school’s SIGGRAPH club! It will be in LA next July. They also have SIGGRAPH Asia every winter. It’s the biggest computer graphics conference in the world, it has something for anyone interested in technology or computer graphics. It’s the best networking event you will ever be exposed to, and there’s so much to do it’s slightly overwhelming! Here’s a link to their website.

    Also, thank you for reading my email on the show! Just makes y’all even bigger KINGS.

  • witek (v-tech) lonski

    hey Daven and Simon!

    i love your podcasts! i listen to them when i bath my 3 and 9 year old children lol my 9 yearold is very smart and he likes your videos and podcasts.

    anyhow we are uanging out for the latest one lols

    thanks heaps!!!!

  • When is the next podcast going to drop? I just got into your show and quickly went through all the episodes. This is my favorite podcast right now! Is there a podcast schedule you guys are trying to stick to?

    • Daven Hiskey

      It’s up now! 🙂 We’re trying to do one episode a week (and someday two), but this time a year is pretty crazy work wise for us as the holiday season is the most lucrative of the year followed by the least lucrative part of the year (Jan-March). It all kind of balances out, but mostly means you want to really push hard with work during the holidays to offset the crap earnings to come. 🙂

  • Add me to the list of literate folks pushing for text over podcast. I do not have nearly 90 minutes to spend listening (and this is one of your shorter ones!)

    So, I move on, tears in my eyes because your content is usually A-1.

    • Daven Hiskey

      Pro-tip: Podcasts are great to listen to while driving, out for a walk or otherwise exercising, or doing chores around the house. 🙂

      At some point we will have the money to hire people to make transcripts, but not in the budget yet. 🙂