The Daily Post – Going Obsolete

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Going Obsolete

Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?

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I, first, learned to type on a manual typewriter. However that’s not the technology I miss the most. On manual typewrites, the keys were bad to get tangled together, especially if you typed fast, and I was a fast typer.

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There was, also, problems with the ribbon, a typist had to live with. Changing the ribbons took a lot of time. There was no backspace/delete, so one had to use white-out or try to erase the errors. It was very hard to get a perfect looking article, essay, letter, manuscript, or report.

Thankfully, by the end of my high school years, the electric typewriter was on the market. I loved the electric typewriter’s. They are the ones I miss the most.

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The electric typewriter was a great invention for fast typers. The keys didn’t lock up. The ribbon was held in place. All in all, it was easier to turn out a professional looking paper.

I worked on an electric typewriter, for nearly 15 years, before the first computers were made available to the public. Working on a computer has many benefits, but I still miss the electric typewriter.

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  1. The very first thing I purchased with my own money when I got out of college was an electric typewriter! I loved it and yes, I STILL have it! My parents on the other hand, preferred their old manual typewriter. They never liked the electric…. go figure!

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      1. Yep! Very true! Believe it or not, my mother could type faster on her old manual than she could on my electric typewriter with fewer mistakes.

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  2. I remember the manual typewriter. Maybe we still have one somewhere. I liked the bell. I have never been a superb typist. Electric ones were scary because while looking for a key another one would put x’s all the way across the page. I really appreciate what one can do with a computer, all the changes and embellishments easily made.

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