The Seemingly Impossible Sales Challenge
It is amazing that the QWERTY keyboard—patented in 1874 by Christopher Sholes—is not only still in use, but also is the basic mechanism for getting data into computers. I'm always astonished to walk through an office where people are two-fingering a computer keyboard—laboriously (and slowly) entering data that the machine can process in a nanosecond.
Quite simply, anybody today that uses the computer and does not know how to touch-type is nuts. It’s as dumb as living in the country and not having a driver’s license.
Enter KeyRight.com and Its Million-Dollar Prize
On June 29, 2009, I received the e-mail press release from Jerome Whitcroft announcing his $1 million speed-typing contest.
Who and what is KeyRight.com?
Jerome Whitcroft created a touch-type learning system for computer users. The linchpin: a color-coded keyboard for PCs and MACs with eight colors, one for each finger. (Thumbs are only good for the space bar.)
Use the keyboard and the software, make the color connections in your brain, and Whitcroft promises you'll be able to touch-type in “6 hours, guaranteed!” The cost for everything—keyboard and CD—is $39.95 plus $9.95 shipping and handling for a total of $49.90.
OK. So far, so good.
Enter “touch typing” into Google and the result is 2.1 million hits. The Google landing page listed seven free online touch-typing opportunities. I logged on to several of them, and indeed, I was touch-typing in seconds.
The ninth listing on Google was All the Touch-Typing Tutors. That lists:
- 21 sites with typing freeware
- 15 free online typing courses and nine free online typing tests
- 9 online typing speed tests
- 29 free shareware downloads
With 74 free online touch-typing Web sites to choose from, a person would be nuts to spend $49.90 for the KeyRight program.