l never learned to type “properly” with a standard QWERTY keyboard. Oh, I gave it a try, getting hold of the Mavis Beacon software, circa 1992, and getting thoroughly frustrated typing nonsense like “fff jjj fjfj jjff” over and over again, never feeling like I was getting anywhere. Over the years, I’ve been able to achieve a respectable forty or fifty words per minute with two-fingered hunt and peck, although there hasn’t been a lot of hunting needed for years. “Eagle Finger” has sounded more appropriate. It never seemed likely I could get close enough to that kind of speed with disheartening touch typing exercises, and I never felt I needed to.