Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DIAD!

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by AssistantSanta, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. AssistantSanta

    AssistantSanta New Member

    I grew up using qwerty. My car GPS, computer, cell phone keyboard are all Qwerty.

    My old Garmin GPS was ABCD, I hated it. The scanner I get to use as a helper, the DIAD IV is ABC and I find it highly frustrating having to use weird keyboard on the road, and regular keyboard anywhere else.

    The lack of alpha shift key is really annoying to when i want to type in something like apartment 2B.

    I have to push 2, alpha lock, B because there is no press and hold.

    I can walk and text just fine at fairly high WPM on my phone, yet I can't walk and DIAD as my driver is expecting me to be able to do soon.
     
  2. jaker

    jaker trolling

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    Yor have not been driving that long i guess , if you know your history type writers used to be ABCD that way but they typing so fast that the machine could not keep up , so they changed the way it was laid out to slow them down and keep from breaking the type writers and this is why we have the lay out now we are used to , so the cubicle jockeys at ups took a lesson from history and laid it out so we could type faster and this is why we have the diad layout now
     
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    And the fact that not everyone is a typist or familiar with qwerty. The first feeder IVIS units were ABCD but the GenII switched to qwerty. The newest are touch screen.
     
  4. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    I keep my board in Alpha all the time; when I type a # press and hold the toggle key. Then hit the number and release.
     
  5. robot

    robot Large Member

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    it's the 21st century. should be qwerty!
     
  6. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    It goes by senoirity like everything else.
    The oldtimers have the say, and they wouldn't know what to do with new technology !
     
  7. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    Just another example of logistics.
     
  8. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    Just another example how people can't adapt and overcome.
     
  9. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog---uses every letter in the alphabet

    typewriter-- longest word you can type using the 1st row of letter keys

    stewardesses--longest word you can type using only your left hand (unless you are a one fingered typist)

    lollipop
    -- longest word you can type using only your right hand (also see above)

    As usual all these "facts" are debatable)
     
  10. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    you will get use to it
     
  11. DiadDude

    DiadDude Member

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    1. A QWERTY keyboard needs at least 10 keys across, while an ABC layout which can be done with fewer keys in each row.
    2. Fewer keys = larger keys in a device that is the same overall width.
    3. Width is a very important dimension when evaluating a keyboard to be used with only the thumbs.
    4. People in MN don't like small keys (trust me I talked to them) since it gets cold and they wear gloves while delivering.

    In short, using an ABC layout allows the largest keys in a device narrow enough to be used with the thumbs
     
  12. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    Qwerty, any day and I do the same.
     
  13. mikeny

    mikeny UPSer

    Re: Why is the DIAD keyboard ABCD rather than QWERTY? The reason I can't walk and DI

    if your driver is using the new smaller touch screen DIAD, ask to use that one. pretty much what i did and my driver said what ever makes me faster he's cool with.