Underwood Zork

I learned to type on an IBM Selectric, but many other folks learned to type on a trusty manual typewriter. My folks had one when I was a kid, and I never failed to jam all the keys and leave a fallen-trees after a flood logjam up against the platen.

Other folks have elevated the typewriter to a holy shrine of the text adventure. Check out this link to be impressed.

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4 Responses to Underwood Zork

  1. Calophi says:

    I never really “learned to type”. I am positive that I do not type “properly”. I’m one of those who was self-taught while playing a MUD – one that was fairly heavy on the RPing and had guilds and such. I remember the good old days of sitting on a decrepit Windows 3.1 Gateway and telling stories around the campfire to the other druids…

    • admin says:

      Before I bothered to learn to type properly, I was a very fast two-finger typist. Ultimately, I managed to get up to 120wpm, although when I’m not transcribing I’m somewhat slower since I have to think about what I am writing.

      Still, I’ve found most self-taught typists do well enough that it doesn’t matter much. I never noticed that you hadn’t “learned to type”. 🙂

  2. Harry Gebel says:

    I learned to type on a typewriter that didn’t have letters on the keys, that helped a lot. Now I use dvorak instead of qwerty and it always freaks people out at work when they try to type on a computer I’m logged into and they think the keyboard is broken. When I tell them I don’t use the letters that are printed on the keys they look at me like I’m crazy.

  3. Glad to hear there are other folks who think dvorak is a good idea. I’m hoping to get a switchable mechanical keyboard one of these days.