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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:26 PM
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Anyone else here who cannot type with a typewriter, I never could.
My fingers type faster then my brain and I make to many mistakes.

I have an old typewriter with ribbon but it is a good thing I don't have to make living using it.

This is why I love computers, doesn't matter how bad you type.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:30 PM
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1. Once a few years ago...
I had to type something and didn't have access to a computer, just a typewriter...and let me say it was less than a pleasant experience. I think I wasted a forest full of trees that day. But I am a child of the digital revolution, I was trained to type on a computer and couldn't use a typewriter successfully to save my life. My grandfather on the other hand was an old newspaper man who hated using computers so he would type his column on an old typewriter up until he died.

I guess it's a generational thing
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:35 PM
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2. I learned to type in junior high way back in 1969.
I did pass with a C but it wasn't unitl computers that I enjoyed typing.

I learned how to touch type but my finger always had a mind of their own.

Yea computers.

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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 01:34 PM
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11. No, it's not a generational thing.
I learned to type on those old horrid manual machines that hurt your fingers and hands. I thought when the Selectrics came out it was great but thank technology for what we have now. My fingers fly over the keyboard now.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:54 PM
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23. Reverend, my husband is an electrical engineer who taught himself to type after age 50!
Edited on Wed Jan-24-07 07:55 PM by Radio_Lady
He is now 73 and I'm 67. We've been in the technology inner circle since he retrained as a software engineer and even worked in that field for several years before retirement.

I learned to type on an old black ROYAL typewriter in the 1950s. I got with the program when I went to an adult education class in the early 1980s and was introduced to WordPerfect. Amazing!

I don't understand seniors who refuse to get into computers. (There were still a couple of holdouts at the 50th High School Reunion I attended in October 2006.)

There have to be underlying reasons when they won't. In my humble opinion, old dogs certainly CAN learn new tricks!
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 11:58 PM
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28. He was one of those old school newspaper editors...
nothing was going to get between him and his typewriter, and in his defense it was the mid-90's and the wonder that is the internet was still pretty new to the masses. He always said he rested his fingers heavy on the keyboard and the computer keyboard was too sensitive apparently. Just as well, his ambivalence to the computer just left more time for me to play around on it.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 04:53 PM
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30. Andy Rooney at CBS had his typewriter for a hundred years, but..
Edited on Thu Jan-25-07 04:54 PM by Radio_Lady
on a recent show, I noticed there was a laptop on the credenza (sp?)... you know, the piece of furniture behind him.

I wonder whether he even uses it!
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:39 PM
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3. I learned to type in junior high
and then got better at it when I was in my early twenties and computers and word processors were just starting out.

I miss 'em.

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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:41 PM
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4. I type much faster on a computer
I can type close to 60 WPM when using the backspace button to correct mistakes but my speed gets cut in half if I don't have that back space button.
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:43 PM
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5. I Can Type Pretty Good
although I haven't used a typewriter in years

My Dad was and is an amazing typist. I type nowhere near the speed he does.

Computers are nice, but even with them you can make mistakes. I love spellcheck, but if I totally relied on it, I'd have been fired long ago for some of the substitutions it recommends for a word that it doesn't recognize!

:rofl:
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:46 PM
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6. Spell check is Evil.
I hate it, hate it, hate it.

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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:54 PM
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8. I Agree
I love your spontaneous combustion icon!

spell check with medical terms, :rofl:

I have come up with some of the most bizarre recommended substitutions at times.

now word counts, and reading level is great to have built in to the spell check function. Since sometimes I have to write things that can be understood by the universal 6th grade reading level that health care institutions consider the average person to have (scary damned thought)

:pals:
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 01:06 PM
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9. 8th grade used to be
the rule of thumb. It's all part and parcel of the Great Dumbing Down. Next, it'll be 4th grade. Then 2nd. Then stick figures.

:eyes:
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 06:48 PM
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17. I'm waiting for stick figures
then I'll know we're through as a society!

;)
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 01:38 PM
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12. You can still buy typewriters, I didn't know this.
Mine is still good, but I never use it except for certain things.

I hate the damn thing, it makes fell stupid.

I can still remember typing class, the longest hour of the day.

The noise was terrible, a room with between 40 and 50 typewriters going at one time.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:34 PM
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18. Oh, I love the way a typewriter sounds...
even a whole room full of 'em. To me, there's just something....solid about it.

*sigh*

I saw a typewriter at Office Depot or Office Max...one of 'em...just before Christmas. I wanted it.

I've still got an old portable. And I do mean old. Old, old. Big, black and heavier'n at least one of my children.


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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 12:48 PM
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7. I type over 100 wpm.
So my fingers keep up pretty well. :-)
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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 01:26 PM
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10. In high school
I failed typing 1 the first time I took it. I hated using a typewriter.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 03:09 PM
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13. I learned on a manual typewriter with blank keys....
In summerschool--since I was taking "college prep" courses. At Pasadena (Texas) High School. No air conditioning. Between the paper mill & the refineries.

I was horrible but earned my living with typewriters for years. At my first job, it was an IBM Executive, with proportional spacing. (Back when Bush Jr was ducking duty at the Air National Guard--yes, they had PS in those days.) Later, used an IBM Composer--typing everything twice to get justified copy for a hippy newspaper!

Used several standalone word processing systems & got into word processing on the PC. Plus the other stuff you can do on a PC if you know the keyboard.


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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 03:29 PM
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14. We had blank keys.
The best way to learn touch type.

The smell, I had Uncle who lived there, I remember the smell of Pasadena.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 03:35 PM
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15. I loved typewriters
back in the dark, wretched days of journalism. The symphony of 20 of 'em being played on deadline made a newsroom sound like... a newsroom.

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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:35 PM
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19. Now they sound like...
a funeral home with the occasional, "Aw, FUCK!" thrown in for good measure.

:eyes:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:42 PM
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20. That's something you don't want to hear
in a funeral home. :scared:



Nowadays, if you get 20 or 30 keyboards goin' at once, it sounds sorta like a big popcorn popper.

Just ain't the same. :(

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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:49 PM
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21. Heh...not even that loud.
Sounds like a bunch of mice doing a tap routine.

One, two, three, STEP...one, two, three, ball-change, STEP...

It's sad, is what it is.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 07:52 PM
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22. If it's tap-dancin' mice
I do hope they're not a chorus line. They've got all the rhythm and syncopation of a white fundie preacher.

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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 08:03 PM
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24. Darlin', you forget....
this is Colorado.

Home of the rhythmically-retarded and synchopation-starved Fundie Preacher Brigade.

The mice *can't* be far behind.

:eyes:















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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 08:12 PM
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25. That's fine with me
I don't watch the Rodent Entertainment Network.



Just keep 'em the hell out of newsrooms. :grr:

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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 08:19 PM
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27. We've got a big, huge one here.
And it just won't. Go. Away.

:eyes:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 04:15 PM
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16. Got my first computer when I was 13 a TRS-80 (trash80) this was back in...
1979? I forget. Anyway, I was taking typing in junior high. I hated it after I started typing on my computer. I was an early convert. :)
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-24-07 08:17 PM
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26. yes but i still type with one finger....
spell check is my savior along with the cool delete and move feature....22,000 posts with one finger!
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 12:06 AM
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29. I learned how to type on a manual typewriter!
Gad, does that mean I'm OLD??????? :cry:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 05:00 PM
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31. I taught myself how to type on a manual typewriter at age 8.
I "graduated" to an electric typewriter in junior high.

I'd still love to use my electric typewriter if I could find ribbons for it. There's something very satisfying about typing.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 05:04 PM
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32. I don't have that problem, but
my mother worked for a lawyer, and did a lot of typing and what not, she was at 130wpm, and when my dad tried getting her use to the keyboard for a computer, she couldn't deal with it...she used the typewriter for everything, until they literally became obsolete. She doesn't like using keyboards now, but she deals with it.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 05:04 PM
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33. I learned how to type on a typewriter waaaaay back in high school.
it was one of the most, if not THE most valuable class I ever took there. It's a great skill to have and yes, I've gotten pretty damn fast over the years. I correct my spelling mistakes pretty fast, too. :D

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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 07:16 PM
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34. Not sure the typewriter could keep up with me!
:rofl: I type 85+ WPM, because I type all damn day for my job. Not sure how I'd do on an old-school typewriter with no backspace ability. I'd have to slow down a bit. I'm trying that right now, typing without using backspace, and it's hard. For me, backspace isn't even a thought, just a muscle memory that goes in with the rest of them... I don't even think about it!
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 07:47 PM
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35. I have a hard time
One of my job responsibilites is to send out product samples. Some of these samples are for international customers which require forms, which requires putting the forms in the typewriter. I ended up making too many mistakes and not lining things up right. I felt completely incompetent. Luckily, the secretary does this for me now.
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