Sunday, October 11, 2020

Tech Gratitude


Underwood manual typewriter (wiki commons)

Quite a lot of today was taken up with getting computer related tech to work - a thing that most everybody hates.  Loathes.  Despises.  But ...

Think back (if you can) to where many of us started - great clunky manual typewriters with a wickedly steep rake that ripped the cuticles off your nails if you misplaced a finger, heavy keys that needed real finger strength to depress, letters that loved to jam together in a clump if you had the temerity to type too quickly, a ribbon that left ink all over your hands - and face - no matter how carefully you tried to replace it.  Not to mention the delights of carbon paper, and the weight-lifting challenges of moving the brutes from one place to another.* 

Except for spreading ink about, I would not be able to do any of that now.  So even though I am not keen on when the tech goes wrong, I'm still grateful for the (most of the, to be fair) times it works.

And tomorrow is another day.

*I did like the bell, and the swing of the carriage at the end of each line, though.  


At 11:05 AM, Blogger Andrew Preston said...

The IBM Golfball typewriters were pretty good though.

At 1:55 AM, Blogger Joan Lennon said...

Yes! I loved those!


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