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Old 09-13-2010, 07:54 PM
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Zenit & his typewriter for ToS

As you see I finally managed to make it work. Had to do some fixes and desperately remove the old ribbon with a knife, but hey; it was worth it. All I have spent in this machine was 11 euros (for the American fellas, 15 U$. It hasn't got keys for numbers one and zen zeno zero and as yyou see, there is no delete option.

But heck, I love it.

For the first time in 6 months I have been able to write without
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having the temptation of switching to the Internet. It allows me to think clearly and write them [my thoughts] down at a good pace. Also...

I love the "tacka-tack RING!"

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On a side note -until I master it, this will be only for drafts and rough work. Though I doubt they will accept a page written with a typewriter.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:57 PM
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:48 PM
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so did you buy a new ribbon or put the old one in the ink like you said? seems like letters are kind of fading out at places
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:29 AM
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Impressive

I actually managed to read the scanned page correctly too
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:53 AM
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SO.

AWESOME.

I love typewriters!
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:08 AM
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If you get an old toothbrush you can clean the letters off so they are easier to see. It gets all the ink soaked fibers out of the little nooks and crannies of the type face.

I'm glad you have the chance to use a typewriter... The skill is still there, just a more kinetic form of it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:43 PM
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so did you buy a new ribbon or put the old one in the ink like you said? seems like letters are kind of fading out at places
It's an used and completely manual typewriter, some types make faded letters; but it's not a problem if one pushes strong enough.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:28 PM
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Ah, at least you're going to build up some muscles using it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:40 PM
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Cool !

I have never used a fully manual typewriter. Well, not for a message longer than 3 words
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My mom just recently got an old typwriter that I was messing around with yesterday haha. It's definitely hard to get used to at first.
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:41 AM
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Typewriters are fun.

The manual ones are fun because there is an actual technique. You have to hit the letters with enough force to print a visible letter, quickly enough so they return properly, and woe betide you if you hit two or three too close together. I've only used one a couple times.

The electric ones are fun because they make so much noise...the motor hums and buzzes continually, and the keys go SNAT! SNAT! SNATSNATSNAT! SNAT! when you hit them.

Just imagine writing all your stories on something where you can never fix mistakes, you just have to cross them out! Mine would be fifty pages of X'ed out dialogue with two or three lines left on each page. I'm glad I'm young enough to never have had to do that.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:21 PM
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Typewriters are fun.

The manual ones are fun because there is an actual technique. You have to hit the letters with enough force to print a visible letter, quickly enough so they return properly, and woe betide you if you hit two or three too close together. I've only used one a couple times.

The electric ones are fun because they make so much noise...the motor hums and buzzes continually, and the keys go SNAT! SNAT! SNATSNATSNAT! SNAT! when you hit them.

Just imagine writing all your stories on something where you can never fix mistakes, you just have to cross them out! Mine would be fifty pages of X'ed out dialogue with two or three lines left on each page. I'm glad I'm young enough to never have had to do that.
Hey, it's not that difficult on a manual typewriter: I am actually enjoying it much. If I could access Internet through it no doubt I would be using it right now.

As for the electric ones, yeah -so noisy

But not being able to hide your errors is like using pen instead of pencil: you have to think before writing something important.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:42 AM
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For you it's a curious relic of a bygone era. For me it's a reminder of one of the banes of the past. I hated those things. It was different when you HAD to use one. I cringe at the thought. I think I last used a typewriter for anything serious in 1979. Back then it amazed people when I produced reports that came from a computer.

A toothbrush and some mild solvent or perhaps light oil and you can get that thing back in good clear typing shape. It's good to keep the things from the past working. Helps us know where we came from.
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