1445: Efficiency

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 05:55, 10 November 2014 by Athang (talk | contribs) (Explanation: Wrote rough explanation)
Jump to: navigation, search
I need an extension for my research project because I spent all month trying to figure out whether learning Dvorak would help me type it faster.
Title text: I need an extension for my research project because I spent all month trying to figure out whether learning Dvorak would help me type it faster.


Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: First draft.
If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

This comic refers to the fact that there are often multiple ways in which to deal with a problem or task, with one of the methods being more efficient, though sometimes only slightly. Many people try to avoid unnecessary work by finding the easier of the methods, but this can prove to be more difficult than even just choosing the harder task, even to the point of requiring more time than the original tasks as illustrated in the comic. Randall cites this as the reason for his inefficiency.

The title text refers to the Dvorak keyboard layout, an alternative to the almost universally accepted QWERTY layout, which is thought to possibly improve typing efficiency.

A similar comic that addressed wasted time due to bad time management was 1319: Automation.


[A graph titled Time Cost]
Strategy A
[Short line beside A]
Strategy B
[Slightly longer line beside B]
Analyzing whether strategy A or B is more efficient
[A much longer line next to this, about 10 times the length of B]
The reason I am so inefficient
comment.png add a comment! ⋅ comment.png add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!


I would add references to procrastination and add that especially for some type of people the third item is the intellectually most interesting and satisfying one. Sebastian -- 08:19, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

A great 18th century quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson, saying much the same thing:

We talked of the education of children; and I asked him what he thought was best to teach them first.
JOHNSON. 'Sir, it is no matter what you teach them first, any more than what leg you shall put into your breeches first. Sir, you may stand disputing which leg is best to put in first, but in the mean time your bottom is bare. Sir, while you are considering which of two things you should teach your child first, another boy has learnt them both.' - Boswell's Life of Johnson GreenWyvern (talk) 09:54, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

QWERTY isn't "universally accepted" (worldwide). I's variants like QWERTZ and AZERTY are also somewhat common. Look at this map for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AZERTY . Maybe change the text to universally accepted *in english language* or something like *QWERTY and its variants*? -- 10:14, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

We have FGĞIOD in Turkey which can compete against Dvorak's.

When I started seriously considering Dvorak I spent very little time deciding to go with it, but about a month getting used to it. It's been sweet since then. I love it. Typing has never been so enjoyable! 10:28, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

"" Typing has never been so enjoyable!"" Does this addiction have a name in psychiatry? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This is also a problem when I am looking at the religions :|--JZZdd (talk) 04:05, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

One is reminded of Yogi Berra's line, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Wwoods (talk) 00:50, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

This is also, in extremely simplified form, why OS/2 eventually lost out to Windows. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Randall has talked about this topic before. 00:54, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

This seems similar to [1]. 18:01, 6 July 2017 (UTC)