Computer Hell on Stilts, with Leprosy

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So we settled down to watch a movie last night, and the computer died. Just up and died As in kicked the bucket, went kablooey, adios muchacho. And I am trying to type on this horrid laptop which gets every other word wrong and was clearly designed by demons. It requires me to hold my arms in a tiring and completely unnatural position. Please pray for my sanity.

I have to compose a Newswithviews column on this keyboard. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….!

I wonder what asylum I’ll wind up in.


14 comments on “Computer Hell on Stilts, with Leprosy

  1. There’s something to be said for the old typewriters, both electric and manual. I once had an Olivetti portable manual typewriter that seemed to massage my hands and arms as I typed. And a Brother electric that made my fingers feel as if they were dancing.

    Of course, with a typewriter the editing had to be done in the brain or on handwritten copy BEFORE the fingers started typing (no cut and paste on a typewriter) — but that sometimes actually improved the writing, and besides, there were no autocorrect accidents. And one had to snail mail or fax the copy instead of emailing it — but the mail was faster then than it is now, and physically putting a ms. in an envelope and walking it to a mailbox allowed more opportunity to do an extra edit, rethink a point or a sentence, and so on.

    Maybe there’d be a market for laptops with add-on typewriter keyboards … or a plug-in email transmitter for an actual typewriter. I miss my Olivetti. 🙂

    1. I’ll go even further back, Phoebe. My old typewriter was an Underwood – and I loved it! 🙂

    2. Me, too. Remember the BING as you got to the end of the line, and then the satisfying WHAMMO as you slammed the carriage return lever to start a new line?

    3. Well, I have to say that my Olivetti was a 1956 model — but I’d had a reconditioned bash-the-big-keys typewriter (Remington? Underwood?) when I was a youngster in the 1940s, and I actually got pretty good at repairing typewriters after a while — manual typewriters, that is. I didn’t want to mess with electricity. In fact, I still don’t.

    1. Absolutely! Anyone who still relegates them to the ‘dumb animal’ bin has never been blessed with any.

  2. Yes, our cats are much friendlier than our electronics, for sure. I still haven’t got the hang of all the changes of this new one. I hate it– call me a stick-in-the-mud, go ahead, but I get really fed up with the constant changes.

    1. As a person that works in the computer world daily, I’ll state that the constant changes are a real problem. In my humble opinion, the constant churn has harmed reliability and security.

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