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Typewriters v. Computers: the argument revisited (again).

How the typewriter is/isn't better/worse for your writing. A little bit about ye olde handwriting in there as well.
posted by JanetLand on May 8, 2014 - 33 comments

10 Famous Writers Who Don't Use Modern Tech to Create

10 Famous Writers Who Don't Use Modern Tech to Create [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Feb 21, 2014 - 100 comments

Chromatic Typewriter

American painter Tyree Callahan converted an old typewriter from 1930s into a machine that prints colors instead of letters.
posted by chavenet on Jun 16, 2013 - 23 comments

"Do not try this at home on your own typewriter"

NBC presents Real People: Ron "Typewriter" Mingo - The World's Fastest Typist (SYTL)
posted by not_the_water on Mar 6, 2013 - 32 comments

The Typewriter at the Gates of Dawn

The BBC reports that the last typewriter to be built in the UK (according to its manufacturers) has been donated to London's Science Museum. "Brother said it had stopped making typewriters because demand had fallen to 30 a day, with most of those being sold in the US." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 20, 2012 - 97 comments

The Chinese Typewriter

As you can see, the [Chinese] typewriter is extremely complicated and cumbersome. The main tray — which is like a typesetter's font of lead type — has about two thousand of the most frequent characters. Two thousand characters are not nearly enough for literary and scholarly purposes, so there are also a number of supplementary trays from which less frequent characters may be retrieved when necessary. What is even more intimidating about a Chinese typewriter is that the characters as seen by the typist are backwards and upside down! [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Feb 27, 2012 - 43 comments

More like a Magic 8-Ball than a round slide rule

How to build a newsroom time machine. Some pessimists predicted ALL ON PAPER would be an exercise in futility. It’s proven to be a lesson in humility – for both the student journalists struggling with the old tech for the first time, and for the veteran journalists trying to recall how it all worked a few decades ago. A college paper makes an issue the old-fashioned way. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Aug 4, 2011 - 52 comments

Letters Are Symbols Which Turn Matter Into Spirit

Letterology — an open classroom in book design, experimental typography, and professional practices. Popular posts include : The Olivetti Typewriter, in 1911 Olivetti produced Italy's first typewriter. One hundred years later we continue to celebrate the smart promotion. Early 20th Century Trademarks, pages of trademarked names from the Trade Mark Title Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1910-1913. Czechoslovakian Stamp Designs, the variety and styles of the hand lettered text on these stamps is stunning. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 comments

Keira Rathbone

The Typewriter Art of Keira Rathbone. (Video)
posted by cashman on Jun 19, 2011 - 9 comments

I just need some space (between sentences)

Slate says putting more than one space between sentences is "totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong." Microsoft's Bill Hall agrees. LaTex does not. The American Psychological Association used to agree but has changed its mind. The exhaustive Wikipedia article on sentence spacing has a predictably prickly discussion page.
posted by escabeche on Jan 14, 2011 - 273 comments

The Automatypwriter

The Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type by itself.
posted by empath on Nov 2, 2010 - 15 comments

QWERTY keyboard, how do you plead? - Gluty!

QWERTY keyboard, how do you plead? Gluty! (Stephen) Fry's English Delight tackles the sociotechnical history of the QWERTY keyboard. [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 11, 2010 - 42 comments

TAKA TAKA TAK

A History of the Typewriter recited by Michael Winslow via
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jun 21, 2010 - 11 comments

Clack clack clack DING

The best iPad accessory ever.
posted by Artw on Jun 14, 2010 - 45 comments

with an Apple Macintosh you can’t run Radio Shack programs

16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Jan 24, 2010 - 35 comments

Typewriter sculptures

I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together- the process is entirely cold assembly. {flash, sound}
posted by dobbs on Aug 4, 2008 - 62 comments

Second Life Twitter Typewriter

Giant Twittering Typewriter in Second Life. Type here (SLURL) and press the carriage return and it posts to here. Yay. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on May 1, 2008 - 42 comments

For Whom the Bell Tolls - airbag edition

Some people like to text while driving(YT). Others think TWD is dangerous enough to be illegal.
At last there is a solution for literate(YT), bookish types (Googvid) to get in on the fun.
Sadly, as with everything good, reading-while-driving has its haters too.
posted by isopraxis on Feb 13, 2008 - 67 comments

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

Antique Keyboard is the newest work from SteamPunk Labs.
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 22, 2007 - 36 comments

The Virtual Typewriter Museum

The Virtual Typewriter Museum Including: the 'Holy Grail,' the 1870 Swedish Hansen Writing Ball - weird and wonderful pre-Cambrian typewriters such as an 1887 Miniature Pocket Typewriter, the Cooper circular, and an early wooden Spanish typewriter - early advertising trade cards and postcard (1 2 3) - and typewriter erotica. The end of the typewriter history is the gorgeous 1970s Olivetti Valentine.
posted by carter on Nov 13, 2005 - 17 comments

a true labor of love

A fantastic example of old meets new, a man spends weeks crafting the perfect Christmas gift for his wife, with spectacular results. I give you the typewriter-keyboard conversion: a true labor of love. Makes me want to dig up my grandpa's old Underwood and give it a go.
posted by Igor XA on Jan 25, 2005 - 27 comments

Wow

One cool thing to have come out of all the typewriter discussion going on these days.
posted by delmoi on Sep 10, 2004 - 21 comments

Typewriters

Why I use a typewriter. All this talk of retro technology! Great essay from Bill Meissner on why he uses a typewriter. Also worth checking out is Ian Frazier's piece in The Atlantic about typewriter man Martin Tytell, and this interview with Harlan Ellison about why he can't use a computer to write with. (via Sassone)
posted by braun_richard on Jul 24, 2004 - 33 comments

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A history of the IBM Typewriter. When in high school (ca. 1993), a room full of these was replaced with a room full of 286s.
posted by pieoverdone on Jun 8, 2004 - 12 comments

The Mac is a typewriter.

The Mac is a typewriter. The ElectriClerk combines a 1988 Mac SE with a 1923 Underwood typewriter to produce "a fully-functional retrofitted prop computer." (Hmmm...where have I seen this before?) [via dive into mark]
posted by kirkaracha on Oct 23, 2002 - 7 comments

The Classic Typewriter Page.

The Classic Typewriter Page. A gorgeous site to behold (and informative). Everything and anything you ever wanted to know about the classic typewriter. Before you ask, What's a typewriter?, check out this site.
posted by jacknose on Jun 25, 2002 - 10 comments

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