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torker
07-16-2008, 08:22 AM
anyone else have this problem??? When I first started typing on a computer keyboard... i'd use one....maybe two fingers. It was very slow but i never made a spelling error...missed a cap...whatever.
Now.. I can type waaaay faster, using 3 sometimes 4 or 4 1/2 fingers.:D
Then I have to go back and fix all the mistakes.
I keep missing the caps on "I" and I ALWAYS miss the cap on my name...it's strange... I even try to make sure but my new lightspeed typin fingers don't do as I ask.
Do they have a pill out... sorta like viagra or something that will fix this???
Thanks!
russ (see what I mean?)
PS.. I know all about "home keys"... my wife is a typing expert (70 wpm).. I just can't do it.. i hate it.
Failed two years of typing in school (the old handbomber machines) :D

john hobdeclipe
07-16-2008, 10:03 AM
I've suffered from dysqwertia :( all my adault life.

But I have a plan. I'm going to get rich selling backspace key rebuild kits.

Dawai
07-16-2008, 11:01 AM
IF'n you can Speak clearly? Dragon natural speak..

If you can listen to a robot, you don't even have to read. A few programs on the market to "talk any webpage to you..

OKAY, my problem? I type fast, make plenty of mistakes and so what?? Dragon will not work with my lack of teeth *I got teeth, they are in a cup... OR my hillbilly talk and slang..

My finn wife, I could talk hillbilly to her and she'd start breaking coffee cups.. She could only understand PROPER KINGS ENGLISH.. you know like dragon...

Swarf&Sparks
07-16-2008, 11:04 AM
You've pobably seen this, but ......wtf

O lny srmat poelpe can raed this.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this psas it on !!

Michael Moore
07-16-2008, 11:45 AM
It's like anything else. You can half-ass it (which is often my first inclination) and be mediocre or you can put in some time to learn to do things right at the start and reap the rewards ever after.

Getting stuck in a year of Business Typing 1 in high school when the 9 week long personal typing class was full is one of the best things that happened to me. That was in 1970 and I got up to about 65 WPM on a manual.

In the beginning it mostly came in handy when I had to type school papers the night before they were due. :) But then this computer stuff came along and it really started to pay off.

Now if I could just learn proper machining skilz instead of the half-ass stuff I do . . . . But I'm working on that, with the assumption that for some things it is never too late to learn to do it right.

cheers,
Michael

torker
07-16-2008, 12:06 PM
OK.. well I don't want to make you guys jealous but I gotta tell you.. I'm pretty sure i can break the lightspeed record of around 18 or maybe 12 wpm. Of course...after all the corrections.. I'm down to 6wpm :D
Russ(took two tries)

Frank Ford
07-16-2008, 12:12 PM
Getting stuck in a year of Business Typing 1 in high school when the 9 week long personal typing class was full is one of the best things that happened to me. That was in 1970 and I got up to about 65 WPM on a manual.


Me, too, but that was in (groan) 1958. . .

ptjw7uk
07-16-2008, 12:22 PM
I have come to the conclusion that the brain is much faster that you are able to type and the 2 finger typing has much to commend it by giving the thoughts time to materialise. During my years in computing I have come accross many superb programmers whose typing speed was at light speed but they never got on that fast because the mistakes came thick and fast as well!!

peter

Weston Bye
07-16-2008, 12:26 PM
Never made it past 17wpm in high school - passed the class with a D minus, even though the teacher was sympathetic.

In the Navy they asked for volunteers who could type. Passing the class in high school gave me a choice between a 3 month TAD in the supply department typing requisitions on an IBM Selectric, or a month of mess cooking. I spent the summer in air-conditioned comfort, happily pecking away.

Typing slow has some advantage - it gives my brain a chance to keep up...
mostly.

38_Cal
07-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Typing for me was about 1966. My first Navy duty station in 1968 it got me out of the 1st LT's Division and into the student personell office.

David
Montezuma, IA
(Political Refugee from the Peace Loving People's Socialist Democratic Republic of California)

mochinist
07-16-2008, 12:34 PM
Under protest my parents made me take a typing class in high school, as it was it turned out to be pretty cool, I learned how to type and I was one of two guys in a class full of hotties:D. I think my class was the last to learn on actual typewriters, this was in 91'. Fast forward a few years and I lost some fingers in a construction accident and now I am back to a modified hunt and peck. The last time I checked on one of those typing speed websites I think I hit 30 wpm where as before the accident I could hit 60 to 70 no prob. Oh well I don't type for a living anyways.:cool:

TheAndroid
07-16-2008, 12:36 PM
I suffer from dyslexic hands myself.

My Dad made me take typing when I was in High School because I have wanted to program computers for a living since I was about 14. So, in 1980, I started my love/hate relationship with the keyboard. I can fly (I've been clocked over 80 words a minute), but often have to make corrections. Depending on the sequence of words, many corrections. Some combinations just elude me completely. Words like pomp and raze. For some reason, my accuracy just goes to hell. I think it has to do with which fingers are in the others way.

I've noticed as I age that I've become somewhat of a snob about what keyboards I'll use. My all time favorite is on an old Hazeltine terminal that was used at Xerox's Customer Support Center. With PC's, I prefer the old IBM 101 keyboards with real metal springs and the snap action keyswitches. The current keyboards with those rubber cup springs feel like I'm typing in oatmeal. Don't get me started on laptop keyboards.......

I'm lucky in that my wife upgrades airport/airline equipment for a living. So, I have a steady stream of "salvaged" IBM 101's. Right now, I have 7 or so simply waiting their turn. They each have names like Stradivari: (Is that the proper plural?) "The English Rose", "The Hammer".....

davidh
07-16-2008, 12:36 PM
others have mentioned how rude it is to just type. . . . . i feel f its readable its good, and i try to put punctuaion where i think it should be. cap's in email are ok but i don;t think their necessary to make the writing readable 'cept when referring to God or Jesus. (did i really say that?)

i did 75 wpm in junior high, but piano lessons made the finger to brain connection easier than for most. now my dyslecia (sp) causes word spelling to become jumbled and i do lots of editing. notice the " " " are being presented and semi colons. tried to fix that brain part but gave up. . its still readable.

just my humble, old opinion.

davidh

Scishopguy
07-16-2008, 01:58 PM
I, also, was forced to take typing class in my senior year in high school. I hated it, they hated me, and the teacher took special pleasure in tormenting the 3 males in the class. I thought that it was a big waste of time and felt that I would never use it. We had the old manual Underwood office machines and they actually developed muscles in our "pinkies" from all the "A's" and ";'s" in those timed writings we had to do every day. Boy was I wrong about that class. My handwriting is so bad when I am in a hurry that I can't even read it myself. I never made the required 40 wpm with less than 5 mistakes required to pass but I discovered it was far easier to type a letter than write it by hand. My brain and my fingers were pretty much in sync when punching the keyboard but not when scribbling. When computers came into my life, in the late 70's, I found that my speed and skill improved greatly. Now, I can't do without this skill. Mom, you were right, for once in your life!

dsergison
07-16-2008, 02:32 PM
my wife cannot read that. she is just wired differenty i guess.
she is a very very slow reader, maybe that is why.

Chipslinger
07-16-2008, 03:06 PM
my wife cannot read that. she is just wired differenty i guess.
she is a very very slow reader, maybe that is why.


Well If she is Blonde with big Hooters Who cares. :D :D :D

lane
07-16-2008, 09:35 PM
You've pobably seen this, but ......wtf

O lny srmat poelpe can raed this.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this psas it on !!


Thats good to heck with spell check . from now on I will just type . it was easy to read.

Evan
07-16-2008, 09:49 PM
Why type?

http://vts.bc.ca/pics4/mw.gif

J Tiers
07-16-2008, 10:04 PM
"N-key rollover" is the bane of my typing.......

"teh" "tneh", and many others like them......... It's all about "n-key rollover", pal.

J. Randall
07-16-2008, 11:58 PM
Like several of the others, I was forced to take typing I in about 1965. Best I ever got with no mistakes was 68 wpm on the old manual machines. Swore I would never use it, and did not for 30 yrs. Then got our first computer and was surprised how quick it came back
James

darryl
07-17-2008, 12:16 AM
Typing was one of my electives in high school- I took it because I wanted an easy class that I didn't care if I failed. I could type 60 wpm but was down to 22 after mistakes (and that was a failing grade) . The girl beside me was so cute I couldn't concentrate- I never thought I'd be using that skill, but along came 'puters, and here I am.

I've always had a knack for noticing spelling mistakes, probably because I read a lot starting at an early age so if a word was misspelled it stood out. It's still the same today- I can spot a mispelled word instantly. The only word I'm not quite sure of is misspeled mispeled mispealled misspealled

Evan
07-17-2008, 12:42 AM
Most people can spot a misspelled word even if they don't know how to spell it. There are a lot of weird things about how we recognize information, especially visual information.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics4/halfword.gif

mlucek
07-18-2008, 07:14 PM
I vaguely remember taking typing in late grade school ??

I know for sure I took a typing class in highschool (late 1970's), still using manual typewriters (see if you can find one of those nowadays except at flea markets :p). Was obviously oriented towards office/secretarial typing. We had to type formal letters with the address block in the upper right corners, followed by the "sender" address block, then salutation, body of letter, closing ("regards", "sincerely", etc), then the line with abbreviations at the bottom that read something like : abd:def in regards to who typed it up. Carbon paper, correction tapes, when Whiteout was really used :D, etc.

Sheeeessss, those days are long gone now.

Am I ever glad I took that typing class (there were a number of guys in there too). Think I got up to 50-60wpm on the manual ones we used. Once I started banging away on puters, all that highschool typing class paid off handsomely. I type every day. Now if I could just transfer that muscle memory to piano or guitar ?? :D

Some interesting history.

http://www.typewritermuseum.org/

Evan
07-18-2008, 10:10 PM
I still have a typewriter. I bought it in the 70s from a retired newspaper reporter for $25. I'm thinking it might be worth more than that now. It's an Underwood wide carriage accounting model with decimal tab stops and it works perfectly.

http://vts.bc.ca/pics/type.jpg