Am I Really Old & Outdated ?

by Asiamack May. 09, 2011 257 views

In this world of ipad and tablet, many among the younger generation missed the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sounds made by this old fashion gadget ~ the typewriter. Eventhough the modern keypad does make some sounds when in used but to me it cannot beat the beautiful sounds of the hard hitting keys of typewriters.

When I started work some 30 years ago, it was compulsory for me to buy my own portable typewriter. So did with all my colleagues. Being cadets, my starting salary was so small and yet 1/9 of it was deducted monthly for 10 months to pay for the typewriter.

That ‘Olivetti’ lasted for just a few years after being put through very harsh routine day in and day out. One of the unkind cut of all was that I have to make seven carbon copies of everything typewritten, squeezing 12 layers of newsprint and carbon in between the roller meant for just two pieces of papers at the most. And, the black and red ribbon too was so overused that there were holes on every cm of the roll before the office allowed us to change for a new one.

Those were the days. Some said they got warts on their finger tips because one must type with all their might to ensure the words were legible right through to the seventh copy.

Now its the touch screen technology. And it makes me ask myself the question; am I really old and outdated? Tho' I have witnessed many a history then in the making, many a love letter being written and many a heart being broken.

I noticed this old Remington on display at a hotel lobby in Jakarta where I stayed on my return trip there recently.

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Arie 10 years ago

Very antique.

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Mian Torres 10 years, 1 month ago

nice post!

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Ibrahim 10 years, 1 month ago

i am really lucky. i tasted that nice sound of Remington.
nice post.

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
L_Amish 10 years, 1 month ago

Nice ! Modem integrated ? ;)

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Askrubies Chichiwee 10 years, 1 month ago

thanks for sharing.

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