[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Old-time typing papers

  • From: Grandma Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 22:27:44 -0800 (PST)

Oh, dear. What a mess--and problems.

"Do not bend or staple." Remember that, George and Bob
and Sue?

G.Cindy

--- Misha <mlsestak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I'm not blind so I never turned in an illegible
> paper because I couldn't 
> tell the ribbon wasn't working, but all this reminds
> me of when I first 
> learned computer programming.  Back then we used a
> machine like a 
> typewriter that punched holes in cards about 6
> inches by 2 inches long.  
> It was also supposed to type the information at the
> top of the card as 
> well as punching holes.  But the school didn't like
> to pay for all the 
> ribbons for the typed part and changing them in
> these machines was a 
> difficult process anyway.  So, all you could do was
> type along, and then 
> send it off to the computer and it would print out
> your program and any 
> errors it found.  Then when the program didn't work
> you compared what 
> you intended to type with what the computer printed,
> then found the card 
> with the typo, re-punched it and tried again.
> 
> But there is more to the story.  The year before, a
> graduate student had 
> written a program that would evaluate our programs
> from the class and 
> print out the next assignment based on what kind of
> errors we made.  
> Well, without the printing at the top os the cards,
> I made so many typos 
> that by about the fourth assignment. the evaluation
> program was trying 
> to get me to type more carefully by putting letters
> that look similar 
> into the names I was supposed to use for the
> mathematical symbold in the 
> program.  So, they would be things like s5l1o0.  Now
> for someone 
> listening to that or reading in braille, you won't
> know the problems it 
> gave me.
> 
> Misha
> 
> siss52 wrote:
> > Hi Cindy
> >
> > We typed on the same kind of typewriter you would
> use in those days.  And 
> > no, there would not have been a "braille
> typewriter".  I never heard of a 
> > Braille typewriter.  <smile>
> >
> > Sue S.
> > ,
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 11:18 PM
> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Old-time typing
> papers
> >
> >
> > Oh, my. What happened? Did the teacher or
> professor
> > laugh?
> >
> > I gather that in those days you had to type on a
> > regular typewriter and there was no Braille
> typewriter
> > or you didn't have someone to type for you?
> >
> > G.Cindy
> >
> >
> >
> > --- Bob <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >   
> >> Exactly. I once turned in a four page essay that
> was
> >> illegible because there
> >> was no ribbon in my typewriter.
> >>
> >> Yuck. The pages felt fine (with all the dots
> >> (periods) in the right places.
> >> Just no ink.
> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >> From: "siss52" <siss52@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:43 PM
> >> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: good weather to
> stay
> >> home and validate books
> >>
> >>
> >>     
> >>> Hi Bob,
> >>>
> >>> I remember it, and also remember how much more
> >>>       
> >> difficult it was to correct
> >>     
> >>> errors on a manual typewriter.  If you really
> >>>       
> >> goofed, you had to start
> >>     
> >>> over.
> >>> <smiling>
> >>>
> >>> Sue S.
> >>>
> >>> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >>> From: "Bob" <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >>> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >>> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 11:11 AM
> >>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: good weather to
> stay
> >>>       
> >> home and validate books
> >>     
> >>> If anyone besides me can remember this, you'll
> >>>       
> >> identify with it.
> >>     
> >>> There's nothing more painful than typing on a
> >>>       
> >> clunky manual typewriter on
> >>     
> >>> a
> >>> cold winter's day.
> >>>
> >>> Bob
> >>> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >>> From: "Jill O'Connell" <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >>> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >>> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 10:29 AM
> >>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: good weather to
> stay
> >>>       
> >> home and validate books
> >>     
> >>>       
> >>>> I do the same and have decided that computer
> >>>>         
> >> keyboards are simply not like
> >>     
> >>>> electric typewriters in that they have a
> tendency
> >>>>         
> >> to sneak in extra
> >>     
> >>>> letters
> >>>> that our finger grazes over without realizing
> it.
> >>>>         
> >> Jill
> >>     
> >>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >>>> From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >>>> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> >>>>         
> >> stay home and validate
> >>     
> >>>> books
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>         
> >>>>> I spell fine. I type fast. So I make typos
> unless
> >>>>>           
> >> I check things over.
> >>     
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