Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It Smells Like A New Car

I've received some invoices and I'm primed to process them. So, I've busted out the WordSmith 100 and I'll be damned if it doesn't smell like a new car. I've opened up the top and have removed all the packing and securing doo-dads. I'm anxious to try it out, so I'll skip reading the instructions for now.

25 minutes later...

Well, it hasn't yet improved efficency or reduced wasted resources. It's taken me 25 minutes and four attmepts to complete one three-part form with accuracy. I'd forgotten that a typewriter is far less forgiving than a PC. I blame the ease of correction a PC offers on my badly degraded typing skills. In the last sentence alone, I made seven corrections, but you'd never know it from looking at this finished product. So, the typewriter doesn't seem to be any faster than writing more legibly. However, I think that, with practice, it will be.

Besides, my finished document is clear, legible and it looks great! And I get to hear the "snap, snap, snap" of the letters on the daisy wheel hitting the paper. It's kind of nice music, if I do say so


  1. I am a terrible typer. I'd blame my typing skills on my horrible spelling but that would be a lie. The tapping of the type-writer...now there is a fun sound if I do say so myself.

  2. Yeah, when you work with typewriters you notice, almost immediately, how poor your spelling or typing skills have become since first learning in high school. PC's and word processors are amazingly forgiving and when you backspace, the letters vanish forever whereas with typewriters you have to remove a blob of ink.

  3. You are SO gonna kick ass on your next performance report!