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Type Talk » USB Typewriters, Backlit » 26-4-2017 09:00:08

Very cool! Are there tutorials of this DIY online?

Typewriter Paraphernalia » The Modern Typewriter, Keyboards That Is » 08-4-2017 08:03:16

Uwe wrote:

...something tells me he's the exception to the rule and that most buyers are just tech junkies who like unusual accessories.

Most consumers seem unaware of previous technology and rely heavily on the "now" or "the next big thing." Some technologies are seamless and always reliable. Others will be overrated and quickly replaced or hardly used. These iterations of the modern typewriter do feel overplayed and I suppose they are more for attention and aesthetic to begin with, after all, it is just a keyboard that looks like a typewriter. There is no THWACK! only a simulated soundboard's effect. 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » The Modern Typewriter, Keyboards That Is » 07-4-2017 20:23:13

Uwe wrote:

Those kits have been around for years and they've been discussed here many times over. I've never understood the attraction of using a straight-to-digital interface (never mind that it's a demeaning contraption for a vintage typewriter to suffer). It seems a novelty to me, one that would wear itself out rather quickly, and as such targeted at the occasional typist.

Someone who types every day, and does so because a typewriter is the main component in a preferred writing process, is not going to want to stare at a tablet mounted on the carriage of their favorite machine. If I'm going to use a monitor of any kind then I'll just use a computer. I prefer to write my drafts and edit them using real paper, and preferably as far from a computer as I can get. And when the time comes to digitize things as they approach a final draft, I just scan the pages and use OCR software to turn it all into a Word file. 

Obviously this is just my opinion, but I consider all of these gadgets, the USB Typewriter Kit and those simulated typewriter keyboards, more of interest to those who aren't actually invested in using a typewriter as a writing tool. 

Of course, I don't mean to press this suggestions onto those traditionalists. I'm just giving awareness of what is out there. I see more values to be had from the original machines. A stark white screen can become a distraction as quickly as it gives its user ease. If anything, I would hope that this nostalgic callbacks make me people more curious about typewriters, even enough to go out and experience one for themselves.

Typewriter Paraphernalia » The Modern Typewriter, Keyboards That Is » 07-4-2017 14:01:10

Uwe wrote:

The LOFREE looks horrible. And what's with the PENNA? Wood (real or simulated) is not the first material that one thinks of when wanting to capture the look and feel of a typewriter keyboard. Regardless, aren't there a number of typewriter-inspired computer keyboards already out there? I'm sure we've documented some of them in the forum. A fellow collector in my area has one and it looks far better than these two offerings.

I know that there is the USB Typewriter, that one is more true to the original material it seems. You get to select your make and model for the preferred typing experience.


Typewriter Paraphernalia » The Modern Typewriter, Keyboards That Is » 06-4-2017 17:23:53

If you haven't heard, there's been two fundraising projects for a callback to the simplicity of a typewriter with the benefits of modernity. I realize there's no replacing the traditional touch of a typewriter but to those who are curious, click the images below.,w_620/v1488811813/q2wslmo1yahpf2vqgv6x.png,h_566,al_c,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/d8c408_0c15a557bc61448fb672907da8d927f9~mv2.png

The lofree fundraiser ends April 11, 2017 and the Penna fundraiser ends May 6, 2017.


Type Talk » Have you ever given a name for your typewriter? » 06-4-2017 16:02:50

I only have one typewriter, the Smith Corona Galaxie Twelve XII, and I don't believe I'll be collecting typewriters anytime soon or maybe not at all. I'm satisfied with using the Galaxie since it's been a hard find. I did buy this typewriter online, and it's original color scheme was a double blue color tone, the body being blue and the keyboard being the lighter blue. Mine however has a blue body with a grey keyboard face. As far as names go, I feel it should have some sentimentality behind it. Although, it has only been almost a year since I've got it and used it. It might seem silly to name a typewriter like a farmer would name its cattle or livestock, but I think there's a purpose to giving something a name rather than just someone. I'm not sure what I'd call my typewriter. Maybe something related to space? It's a good thing I'm not a father, because my kids might be nameless for the first couple months of life. 

It's an artful consideration but for the time being, my typewriter will remain nameless (other than the name it has been given).

Off-Topic » That Old Coffeecan » 05-4-2017 22:03:49

To think our proclivity to clutter and to organize a "mess" is a remarkable and sometimes regretful phenomenon. I call it controlled chaos, like the mad, slapdash pianist and the white and black candy keys that belong to him. It reminds me of the "out of sight, out of mind" mentality. Then time and happenstance leaves you a sentimental and nostalgic gift from the past somewhere in the future and the familiarity and unfamiliarity strikes you all at once. I tend to be a pack rat myself, but I make my belongings and environment as minimalistic as possible. It can be a fun surprise to come back to the things we never thought twice about initially. Love those moments!   

Typewriter Photo Galleries » Yeah, I Decoupaged a Typewriter » 05-4-2017 21:02:29

I love the idea put to it but I would definitely be more wary about using it after having decorated it. Still, a clean and great work of art!

The World of Typewriters » Film Links » 05-4-2017 20:48:01

The past experiences here were captured for posterity but I wonder if they knew that the typewriter would still have its uses today. Typewriters were a Luddites dream. A big part of the war involved sending coded messages and the way to avoid interception from radio signals for instance, was by typewriters. Love the videos! 

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 05-4-2017 19:45:12

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My name is Brent Wiggins, I live in Florida and I loved the idea of typewriters so much that I decided to buy my own. It is a Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve XII and it's in the bluest blue with a grey keyboard face. There's something about making the letters on a page permanent with the rhythm and motion of the machine and the man together. It gives you a new critical way of thinking that I enjoy far more than I can anticipate every time I sit down at the typewriter!

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