i flunked typing in Jr. High, (manual typewriters, ugh!)
yet by the time i was through the second year of college i'd
used four different keyboards.
the most important bits are those two little bumps on the
keys which tell you where the f and j are at. all else after
knowing those is via training. do it 80-100hrs a week and
for a tough typist on a kwerty keyboard the i is like
giving the finger a little with the right hand. lift the
middle finger a bit and it's right there. if that doesn't
work your hands are out of position and that will slow you
down a great deal.
songbird (yes, the first thing i do on any keyboard is
break the F'n shift keys!!!
When U was in high school, there were two paths, college entrance or
business/shop. The business kids took typing and Spanish. College entrance
kids took 2 years of Latin followed by 2 years of French for liberal arts
types or Germans for the engineering/science types, no typing.
So 50 years later after spending a lot of my career programming I still
can't type well, and the translations we do for our Puerto Rico site are
Google fuels Spanglish they must find hilarious. I've retained enough German
to sort of make sense of speigel.de. Latin, well, I'm reading Schopenhauer
and he throws in snippets from classical Roman authors that I sometime can
recognize a few words.
I never went to a high school reunion or I'd probably ask them why they
didn't teach me something useful like typing and Spanish.
On Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:37:55 -0800 (PST), bob_villa
I remember those old typewriters, and they took a lot more finger power
to work them keys. I took typing class, and never could get the hang of
using all of my fingers as instructed. Worst of all was the lack of
DELETE or BACKSPACE keys. Half my page was "whiteout" when I was done.
That was in the early to mid 1960's for me too.
All the expectations of "proper" typing left me with a bad taste
regarding typing. But in the 80's I kept needing to have things
submitted in a typed format. That either meant typing it on a manual
typewriter, using a lot of whiteout, and making a photo copy to actually
submit, or paying someone else to type it. Eventually I bought an
electronic typewriter (Word Processor). It would hold about four or
five typed pages in memory, and errors could be fixed before printing.
To me, that seemed like the greatest thing ever.
A few years later, I bought my first computer, which used the old 5 1/4
floppy disks, and had a black and amber monitor. Having the ability to
save what I typed on a disk, and be able to print it again at a later
date seemed to be a whole new world. Plus those early computers could
do spreadsheets, which I never really needed, but I had to play around
with them. Those early computers were not much more than glorified
electronic typewriters, but still a huge improvement over the old manual
The computers of today, are a whole different world. They can still do
word processing and spreadsheets, but so much more. ANd even do so with
full color screens, versus the old black and white (or amber) monitors,
or later on the black, white, magenta, and cyan monitors. (3 color, and
I still remember the old BBS modem connections, when you could connect
with someone else in your area, chat, share a few really ugly pictures,
and download some Dos based shareware app. Then came the internet..
Websites, Usenet, Email, and a few other things which are no longer
In my opinion, the older internet was a lot more fun and useful than it
is today. Most young people dont even know what a newsgroup is, but
they are all addicted to that worthless mass of junk called "Facebook".
But that seems to be the way with all technology. We dreamed to have
"COLOR TV". We finally got it, and then HDTV. Now we have the
"perfect" picture, but the tv programming is trash. And we have
computers that can do almost anything, but they are mostly used for
trash and flooded with more trash advertising and malware.
The times they are a changing. But in some ways, I'd rather go back to
better days. Just NOT a manual typewriter!
On Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:26:54 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
Funny thing, the keyboard they show on this webpage is the exact same
keyboard I have, and the same keys are worn as they mentioned, (plus a
few more). It's an eMachines keyboard. Seems like they used quality
electronics and cheap paint on the keys!!!
Someone in the comments at the bottom mentioned a Dymo label maker.
Hmmmmm, I got one of those somewhere.... I used to label electronics
inputs and outputs, etc. with it, and it worked well. I'll have to look
for that thing. That's probably the easiest way to fix this.
email@example.com posted for all of us...
Sharpie has silver and gold markers. I don't believe they have white. You
could try white typing correction fluid but I think it will chip off easily.
I think you will spend more in fixes than a new one is worth.
There was a guy in high school that was very strange. He always brought his
lunch in a tin lunchbox that was painted like a barn and I'm pretty sure his
mother dressed him funny every morning. Maybe Asperger's or something. But
that son of a bitch could type. He was the fastest typist in the school and
he put out clean copy. iirc he could do a consistent 120 wpm.
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