new electronic typewriter, Brother GX6750

It is interesting to step backwards in the path of technology of the writing tool kind.  This thing is quite noisy, from the daisy wheel print head.  Still easy to use and fun.  Scary how many typos I left in the text.

Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
sample text from Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
sample text from Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter

a little typewriter hunting

Typewriter hunting

I took a drive down south of Barrie to the 400 Antique Mart just off the 400 super highway that runs down to Toronto.

Just three typewriters.  One, an early SCM office electric with no power cord.  One Underwood 5, rightly described as mint condition, but asking a silly, that is beyond outrageous price of $198.00.  I acquired an Underwood 5 not in mint condition from the Huronia Museum for $10.  The Underwood 5 was made in very large numbers, many have survived and the Underwood 5 is normally a 10-15 dollar item.  Worth adding to your collection, but not an item to kid yourself into paying 200 dollars.  They were an early practically indestructible office typewriter. OTOH it was the cleanest typewriter I have ever seen.  At the other end of the Mart another Underwood 5 asking a semi-comical $49.  I passed on all three.

I took a few photos in the Mart and one of an old Dodge up in Coldwater, Ontario.

I was fortunate in Barrie on the way home.  Went to Staples,  parking lot was awfully full.  Then I remembered it was the end of the afternoon of the first day back to school.  Last second school supplies were being sought.   I went backwards a few steps in the technology and bought a Brother electronic typewriter.  I will post about it later this week.

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Underwood Typewriter
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Voigtlander Vitessa rangefinder camera
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Marshall’s Photo Retouching Kit
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Bronson Altoona Casting Reel, fishing reel
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Kid’s fancy western two gun rig, gun belt with revolvers
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old Dodge

one small musing about software after 20 odd years of technical writing

and boy were they odd years, let me tell you.

It is some times easy to forget that the purpose of software is not to get work done, but to wow you into mistakenly believing that you need to buy it.

Computers are supposed to be a multicapable toolbox that help you do work and play.

It is probably true that the more software you learn how to use, the easier it becomes for you to learn new software. In other words, you learn how to learn.

Software manuals that only describe the functions of a software application are not that helpful. Manuals that explain how to do work by using the software application are extremely helpful.

Manuals that explain how to combine functions to significantly save the time of people trying to get work done are a gift from God.

Some years back the Canadian federal government department of Science and Technology did a study that showed that there had been no significant productivity gain from the introduction of the electronic office, personal computers on every desk. It found no gain.

Most people end up using about 10 per cent of the functionality of software applications. My main thought here is focused on word processors and spread sheet programs.