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Old 10-27-05, 12:18 PM
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Never used a typewriter before?

Let's see who are the baby members of DVD Talk. Who here has never used a typewriter?
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I took typing in highschool and I'm pretty sure that was the last time I touched one of those evil, evil things.
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I'm 26 and I used one to write a 300 page manuscript. Typewriters rule!
Old 10-27-05, 12:32 PM
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I'm 28 and I owned a typewriter. Probably of the last generation that will remember what a pain in the ass it was to make corrections.
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We *still* can't talk the Customer Service department at in our office into giving theirs up. What year is this?
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We still have an electronic correcting typewriter here at Disney. But I will not use it anymore, it is very user unfriendly.

I was using my moms electric typewriter in the early 70's and in Junior High in 1973. I was one of the few boys taking typewriting class. They were manual typewriters, which are just terrible to use.

But now with kids growing up with computers, there is no excuse for any young person to not know how to type. But most people my age and older, probably don't know how to type!

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Old 10-27-05, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by adamblast
We *still* can't talk the Customer Service department at in our office into giving theirs up. What year is this?
Wow. That's surprising.

I received a typewriter for high school graduation in '83 and shared it all through college. Thinking back, it's got to be one of the few technological inventions that just simply ceased being needed. That and 8-tracks.
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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
But now with kids growing up with computers, there is no excuse for any young person to not know how to type. But most people my age and older, probably don't know how to type!

Chris
How do you figure? I grew up in the "computer age" and I don't know how to type. I can "type" pretty damn fast but certainly not correctly. I'm a fast "hunt and peck" typist.
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I'm 38, learned to type on a Selectric in junior high, and just filled out a muli-part form on my trusty Panasonic Portable last week. A similar question to ask would be if someone has never actually "dialed" a number on a rotary telephone...
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How do you figure? I grew up in the "computer age" and I don't know how to type. I can "type" pretty damn fast but certainly not correctly. I'm a fast "hunt and peck" typist.

As I said, there is no excuse!

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Old 10-27-05, 02:54 PM
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Hell, I have an old manual typewriter floating around my house somewhere. Never did like using it. I learned on one of them new-fangled, high-fallootin' electric typing machines!
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I've only used manual ones in high school. I had a Brother word processing one for awhile.
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The first time I touch a typewriter was when I'm still a kid - it was a Brother typewriter mom and dad bought for everyday use (documents and such). I can't even spell back in the day (I was five or something), but I was fascinated by it and I pretend to "learn" how to type.

Of course, since I was a little kid back then, I ended up being bored with just typing and started to push and punch the keys with my palms. That makes the typewriter would be jammed a little bit when you push certain keys. And if you want to unjam it you'll have to untangle the puncher hand manually. Everybody is quite mad at me at that point but they can't really blame me since I was just a kid.

I really learned how to type when I got my first PC back in the early 90s. I already know which keys is where a little bit from the typewriter but I still have to look where's the character I'm supposed to press here and there. But I'm improving after time. It was a very slow learning process but I'm improving steadily. Fast forward to now, I'm still learning to type - only this time I'm learning how to type with one hand (I usually put my keyboard on a chair besides me because I like to eat in the front of my PC and I don't want to get my keyboard dirty).

Anyway, that was a blast from the past. I still have the typewriter with me at the moment, still "fully functional" just as it was some 20 years ago (complete with the jamming mechanism).

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Looong time ago. I wouldn't be suprised if most people under 20 have never seen one.
Old 10-27-05, 03:26 PM
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I had a typing class in middle school that used IBM electric typewriters. That's probably the last time I used one. I'm almost 29, so that was in the late 80s I guess.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Looong time ago. I wouldn't be suprised if most people under 20 have never seen one.
It's like a couple of weeks ago, I was practicing my DJing mixing 12" records and the kids from the apartment complex were over watching me being really impressed by my mixing skills and a young girl of 7 sees my 12" and says, "Is that a big CD?" (totally seriously)

I couldn't help but laugh.

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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
...sees my 12" and says
Old 10-27-05, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon

Oooops! Well, if you must know!

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Well, she was only 7 years old. Everything is big at that age.
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"A what now?"
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I still use one at work occasionally. You can't do everything on a computer. Also, we need one for when the computer system goes down.
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I like typewriters; it's much more fun to type documents on them. Of course, it's much less fun to edit...
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I'm only 23 and I've used a typewriter before. I was about seven years old and had to do some sort of school report, so my dad brought me to his work to use it. I remember there were lots of computers around, too. But for some reason he couldn't let me use them, so I got the typewriter.

I just remember how hard it was to type on it. At the time I had just learned how to type in school (we had computer classes in second grade, learned typing and BASIC code) and was pretty damn good at it, but on the typewriter you had to strike the key really hard to get it to work.
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I'm 25 and have never used a typewriter.
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I learned to type on a manual because our school didn't want to spend a lot of money on typewriters. I had an IBM Selectric at home, though, and we got our first computer in 1979.

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