March 3, ’14 put my laptop away and spent a while typing on it. Showed the results on Vine ’cause that’s where I shared stuff I did.
Typewriters were retro tech to me and I love retro tech. Typing class in middle school still had rows of ancient typewriters which was annoying to me because I already had a computer and thought using typewriters in school was stupid because they were past not future.
(*I* like retro and future tech but I didn’t think my classmates should have to suffer…. that and the ones they used had big holes between the keys that my fingers would get jammed in. I wouldn’t want Tom Hanks’ fav typewriter — I never liked the gaps
My favorite computer keyboard to type on was this one, an IBM M-series. Springs, noisy as hell, satisfying clicking. I’m used to soft keyboards but I still have a fondness for this: very satisfying experience to use this kind of keyboard.
Personality type that cracks me up:
a) Calls someone a nerd for collecting something
b) Has folders of memes for every occasion.
I taught myself touch typing from Mavis Beacon at home and got up to 110 wpm 99% – still there (I used to play Type Racer just to be sure). But I don’t think home keys are necessary: On the piano, I never played using the “right” fingers except in lessons because that slowed me down.
My nephew types fast with just a few fingers – and HIS typing class STILL used chips/quarters on the hands for “proper posture”. Can’t believe that STILL do that shit in 2017.
And BBS’? Don’t get me started: I loved BBS’.
Best speed improvement for me came in early 90s chat rooms and BBS’s because I had a REASON to type fast and accurately.
I’m crippled right now because the e, 1 and 2 on this old laptop (2nd keyboard) are not working and so I have to use the onscreen keyboard for every ‘e’. Like this for a few weeks but I’m ok with the challenge most of the time.