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  • how many of you are "hunt and peck" typists ?

    I am. I just never bothered to learn touch typing. My wife and daughters learned it but I just never bothered. I can type up to 30 words a minute this way, because I have been doing it so long.



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    Not me. In my job, I have to type up a lot of material. I took a typing class way back in the 70s as a way to get a easy credit course out of the way in college - not knowing it would provide me with an invaluable skill.



    The quick infiltration of PCs into business offices in the 80s presented the 35-and-up execs with a real nagging dilemma. The huge layer of execs that were moving up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, being 99.9 percent white males of the old school, thought of typing as a woman's job. Something needing to be typed, well, give it to the girl at the front desk. In my experience, only a very few from that group adapted to the computer and the necessity of typing - at least before they retired.



    I have no way of really knowing, but I suspect that this stubborn old executive mindset had a lot to do with the huge shift where women starting taking up the bookkeeping jobs. Bookkeeping software meant sitting at a desk and "typing" so, ok, we got a box of software that says "anyone can now do bookkeeping easily and perfectly with our new amazing (cheap) software!" - give it to the girl at the front desk.



    I like that old Marxist idea about how the power of change lies in the "means of production" - ie, what we would now call technology. It's not 100% true 100% of the time, but it's such a major factor almost all the time. From what I read, more women are graduating with accounting degrees than men, and the trend is continuing.



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    • #3
      I managed to squeak by 10th grade by avoiding Biology. I took typing instead. We had a couple of (mechanical, of course) typewriters around the house so once I started to type competently, I was typing my school reports. I still have the urge today, sometimes, to smack the side of the monitor when I want to start a new line.
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      • #4
        I'm really fast and really inaccurate.
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        • #5
          Eh, touch typing doesn't take much practice to learn, and it's not so much speed as just making typing effortless.



          Make yourself try it for a few days and you'll soon be wondering why you never bothered.

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          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by Lee Knight
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            I'm really fast and really inaccurate.




            +1



            When I worked as an office temp I was pretty fast and really accurate. And if I was doing transcription regularly I could probably get that back. But typing as composition has different requirements than typing as transcription.
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            • #7
              I confess I'm one, if I wasn't I feel you all would be bored if I was able to type more proficiently.



              We can all be thankful for that my friend's.

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              • #8
                I wanted to be a writer () and beat on my folks for a typewriter for a couple years and got an entry level SCM electric (with a manual return) for my 14th birthday. I got pretty fast at four finger typing but then, in one of the Writer's Digests that I read semi-religiously, there was a two page 'course' on touch typing and I used that to teach myself. Later I improved my speed on the manual Olympias in my HS typing class. (This school district did not believe in meaningful electives -- probably since so few of their teachers had even minimal specialized knowledge. [Although the coaches apparently were pretty good at doping student athletes from what I hear long after the fact.] It was like going to high school in the Dark Ages.)



                While I took my first programming classes in college in the 1970s, I didn't have a computer in front of me until about 1984 (the first class in '73 used all punch cards but the second class in '79 or '80 allowed us the option of sitting at printer terminals. No CRTs).



                I'd been excited to try writing on a computer and I took to it immediately and barely looked back. I still have a typewriter or two buried somewhere but I haven't seen them in many years.



                I'm reasonably fast but not particularly accurate.





                I have friends and clients who can't type (including some who are writers) and it is painful watching them try to do anything on their computers. I don't even know how they get by. I guess that's why most people don't even know what the browser 'address bar' is when you talk to them. Why would they ever want to try to enter something directly when they don't even know where the letters are? Several didn't even know you COULD enter a URL directly into the browser -- they'd simply always used Google as their navigator.







                I'm typing this on a conventional keyboard right now. Earlier today I was beating my head against my Nexus 7 tablet trying to make a simple two short paragraph post using the Slide-It virtual keyboard app I added in -- which can use a 'slide-through' entry system similar to Swype. That speeds things up but the friggin' thing keeps trying to auto-correct even after I've laboriously typed something in a letter at a time -- you have to continually go to the 'suggestions' area to make sure it's not going to automatically change your word to something else. And Google's voice recognition may be, in the opinion of the experts, the best, but it sucks for me. [It certainly sucks MUCH much less than Vlingo, though. I'll give it that.]
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                • #9
                  I guess that I could always sense who the touch typists were. They are those that make the longest posts! Occasionally I will make a long post, but most of the time 3 or 4 lines suffice.



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                  • #10
                    I am a fast typist and have known how to type since high school. My high school typing teacher began the class by saying, "This might be the most useful class you ever have."
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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by UstadKhanAli
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                      I am a fast typist and have known how to type since high school. My high school typing teacher began the class by saying, "This might be the most useful class you ever have."




                      Unfortunately I skipped that class and hung out with the "Stoners". I guess if I would have attended I'd be hanging out with Warren Buffet.



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                      • #12
                        Only with numbers. I type by touch, but I have to look at the keyboard for numbers (unless I'm using a side number keypad) and their paired punctuation. Always have.
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                        • #13
                          "hunt and peck"???



                          Why don't you just say "terrible ****************ing typer"??



                          30 words a minute. lol. What a waste of time.



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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by Lee Knight
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                            I'm really fast and really inaccurate.










                            Quote Originally Posted by BEMUSofNthAmrca
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                            "hunt and peck"???



                            Why don't you just say "terrible ****************ing typer"??



                            30 words a minute. lol. What a waste of time.



                            Learn how to type properly.




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                            • #15
                              Oh well.



                              I did hang out with stoners.



                              I suppose some might consider this weird. I hung out with stoners. And losers. And jocks. And surfers. And brains. And weirdo creative types. Probably the latter more than anything else, but that's who I hung out with.



                              I hung out at snack with the stoners a lot. They congregated near shop class or up in the corner of the upper quad. Some were surfers AND stoners. Some, after all, crossed boundaries.



                              More fun that way.



                              Anyway, thanks!!!
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