If you could use your computer like a typewriter would you? After a second post using the “Visual Typewriter” software my answer is “NO”. You get sounds, but not the exercise of lifting an actual typewriter. You miss out on watching the ribbon move across… and if you can apply “spell check” it just feels like you just cheated on your diet.
You can look at “nice paper” but unless you print out on real paper… you do not have the option of creating “paper planes” out of your end product. Or roll it up for basketball. No risk of dropping it on your foot… or smashing it with a hammer. In the end it is a quick fix… but not the “real thing”
In 1943 this is how a U.S. Army Decontamination Unit was described: “… Months before the war began these colored men left jobs as railroad men, school teachers, cab drivers, barbers, mechanics, and tap dancers to answer Uncle Sam’s call…” (from Of Men and Arms by Bishop John A. Gregg, Bishop AME Church, published in 1945).
The new spring has come and the dogs rush out to greet me as I ride by their homes. They rush onto the highway to bark at me I worry a truck might strike them… the quick stops I make worry me more because sometimes I fall… but so far zero bites… or busted bones or bikes.
Before the Hanx Writer there was the Visual Typewriter… computer software that presented you the image and sounds of a Remington portable. Came out about 10 years ago with the last version in 2007… before its time .
There was a commercial… “Is it real or is it memorex?” Which did not bother me so much… when you knew that the person on the recording could really sing. That group “Milli Vanilli” (singing duo that won a Grammy in 1990 for best album… only thing they did not sing on it).
What’s real anymore? In the news a man claimed to work for the CIA… claimed to be a veteran and for over a decade pulled it off. Worked a 4 day week. Claimed to travel overseas only to be in Massachusetts. Traveled 1st class and got a special parking space for a bad back (service related) when he was never in the military.
Not to mention the investment folks that did not invest anything.
They were able to achieve this because of one word “Trust”.
We want to believe in people and believe in what they do and what they say.
At the end of the day one could become cynical and not trust anyone… or one can still believe in things we can not see (Faith).
So despite the evidence that much is not as it seems to be… I will keep letting folks think I’m a cranky curmudgeon and trust anyway.
Software that turns your computer screen/keyboard into a working Remington Portable with sound and motion called the Visual Typewriter… Want to work at your typewriter but not have speel check… not be able to change your mistakes with ease? Give the visual typewriter a try.