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Cherry, the mechanical king

As developers, we all have preferences in the tools we use for work: a powerful machine, one (or two) large screens, having the freedom to choose our OS, our IDE, etc.... Yet in most companies, we rarely pay the the same level of attention to keyboards.
posted by jenkinsEar on Mar 5, 2016 - 84 comments

Mavis Beacon: Modern Warfare

ZTYPE Dominic Szlablewski offers a game in which you learn to type (or just have fun) by annihilating words.
posted by anarch on Dec 10, 2015 - 21 comments


Type Drummer
posted by Confess, Fletch on May 8, 2015 - 48 comments

Text Neck

Texting can be a real pain in the neck (and what to do about it)
posted by aniola on Sep 21, 2014 - 8 comments

Iterating on the keyboard

Jesse Vincent has spent some time thinking about, designing, and building keyboards.
posted by Jpfed on Dec 12, 2013 - 18 comments

"Where there is typing, there is life." —Mahatma Gandhi

Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing will make you care more about typing than is perhaps healthy or advisable. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 13, 2013 - 26 comments

Ed Balls Teaches Typing

Ed Balls Teaches Typing
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 13, 2013 - 18 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 fingers you have used to TYPE are too fat. To obtain a special TYPING wand, please mash the keypad with your palm now."

IBM is working on a keyboard design that will adapt to a user’s finger anatomy. Touchscreen keyboard morphs to fit your typing style. [Fig. 2] Via: [Wired] Morphing Touchscreen Keyboard Interface (PDF) [Pat2PDF/IBM]
posted by Fizz on Jul 26, 2011 - 20 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

I've already thought of that joke

Type one-handed on a keyboard virtually "folded up" to be half the size? Pff. With zero training? Double pff. Except it totally works.
posted by DU on May 27, 2010 - 88 comments


Clockwords. Type words to destroy robotic insects intent on stealing your secrets. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Oct 1, 2009 - 27 comments

"I like to see black words on white paper rolling up in front of my gaze."

"I have never had an accident where I have pressed a button and accidentally sent seven chapters into cyberspace, never to be seen again. And have you ever tried to hack into my typewriter? It is very secure," says author Frederick Forsyth. In the computer age, people still love typewriters. BBC News Magazine examines why, with some interesting comments after the article. Via.
posted by amyms on Jun 5, 2008 - 79 comments

Clickity clack!

At least it will sound like I'm furiously busy as I fritter away the rest of the afternoon racing. TypeRacing!
posted by BoatMeme on Apr 24, 2008 - 90 comments


Some people care about their keyboards. The Northgate OmniKey (now resurrected) was once legendary. There are those who mourn the passing of the space cadet keyboard and its successors, and those who campaign for its revival. The late, lamented (though not by everyone) Apple Extended Keyboard was finally recreated.

But, for the purist, there is only one true keyboard, the best ever made: the IBM Model M. [more inside]
posted by enn on Nov 3, 2007 - 124 comments


Fingerjig is a six minute typing game that pulls random words from a large dictionary (and during one section, random letters). I like it because it plays cool percussion hits when you make a mistake, and because sections of it test your left hand and right hand separately. (via)
posted by Kwine on Jun 17, 2007 - 50 comments

Display your typing and editing

dlog is a new document visualization system that attempts to show writing not as a static document but a progression of frames over time. I find the suspense of the process mesmerising/delightful. I'm surprised it hasn't been trashed.
posted by tellurian on Feb 13, 2007 - 30 comments

Mavis Beacon teaches how to efficiently kill zombies without using Shotguns or Dvorak.

The Typing of the Dead was a much loved game for the Dreamcast and PC. The out of print PC game was once available at the venerable Home of the Underdogs, but their site is borked after their domain expired, due to their insanely restrictive .htaccess referer blocking.

Alas! Have no fear: Some kind soul upped it to the Pirate Bay, where I'm currently seeding it.
posted by blasdelf on Mar 29, 2006 - 50 comments

Mind control

Typing with your brain. A new device, picture d here, allows people to type with only their thoughts, though only slowly. Add this to the monkey-brain controlled robot arm (avi), and the soon-to-be commercially available BrainGate implant, [previously], and you've got, well, an interesting future...
posted by blahblahblah on Mar 8, 2006 - 18 comments

Typing games!

Letters If your screen isn't facing anyone, it looks like you're doing work. Happy flash friday everyone!
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 11, 2005 - 34 comments

speed typing challenge

Competitive typing.
posted by rushmc on Jul 13, 2003 - 46 comments

Letters Flash game

"That's not gaming; that's just typing!" A time-waster to end all time-wasters, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I love it! [Just type the letters as they appear, Flash req.]
posted by Carlos Quevedo on Feb 17, 2003 - 30 comments

The Typing Explosion.

The Typing Explosion. "These poets are good, sometimes even great, proving that musicians, dancers and actors aren't the only ones who can improvise their way into art." Ingenious, or simply deviceful recreation??
posted by protocool on Jun 1, 2002 - 7 comments

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