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Today, I Saw Tomorrow

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Today I saw tomorrow, and I am glad I will be dead before it gets here.

Tomorrow it will be possible to troll dead people. :cheer3::troll:

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I learned to type on a typewriter-- strange to think that I was probably at the tail end of the last generation to do so. :blink:

But I really prefer writing in notebooks. In tiny, cursive script that is unreadable to everyone but me. :twisted:

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Beyond the blue t-shirted minions lay the land of soft code. The land where viagra makes you imagine a world of tall spires of raging screens of white lettered blue backgrounds.

Like most things, hold your nose and get it done.

-Scott

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I wouldn't mind finding an old manual typewriter in serviceable condition. I used to type on one all the time as a kid; writing stories and just random junk. Looking back, it seems as if I was destined to be a writer, and it's something I'd still like to do now. I wonder where the hell I went wrong... :unsure:

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This is what we had http://www.etsy.com/listing/84159787/sale-gorgeous-1936-royal-portable-manual

I think my sister still has it, not sure though.

I didn't specifically learn on that though, I did type on it after I learned, but mostly as kid I would try to hit multiple keys to get the arms stuck together.

I learned on one of these https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Selectric_typewriter but found that at 120wpm the machine couldn't go fast enough to keep up.

-Scott

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I learned on one of these https://en.wikipedia...tric_typewriter but found that at 120wpm the machine couldn't go fast enough to keep up.

We had an IBM Selectric as well, though I was rarely allowed to use it. Which I suppose is why I used the manual - the Selectric was the adults' typewriter.

I seem to remember that's also what we used in my high school typing class. Even though personal computers were in the early stages of ubiquity then, we still used typewriters to learn typing. I suppose computers were deemed too expensive for such mundane uses.

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Turns out, as expected, just part of the power cord needed replacing. It charges fine now. :whew:

However! The blue-shirted minion informed me that I can forget about replacing the battery. They don't make 'em anymore for this "vintage" machine. :noidea: Vintage! :eek3:

I kind of like to think of my 1941 royal typewriter as "vintage," not this baby.

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I wouldn't mind finding an old manual typewriter in serviceable condition. I used to type on one all the time as a kid; writing stories and just random junk. Looking back, it seems as if I was destined to be a writer, and it's something I'd still like to do now. I wonder where the hell I went wrong... :unsure:

It's never too late.

I learned to type on a typewriter-- strange to think that I was probably at the tail end of the last generation to do so. :blink:

But I really prefer writing in notebooks. In tiny, cursive script that is unreadable to everyone but me. :twisted:

Yep, writing by hand is really where it's at. :) It's really amazing to think that people like Dostoevsky and Victor Hugo wrote millions of words -- all by hand.

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I compose dialogues for Pantheon by hand, in the same sketchbook I draw practice poses, and Funbags Fridays. :)

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I know, but as you know, people can even draw with computers now. I draw from the model at a Soho workshop and there is a guy there who uses a tablet and an art software program to paint the model on his screen! Does a good job, too.

I've tried that myself, and of course you can use Photoshop and Poser and other tools to create digital art that can be displayed online or printed out. I was excited about that at first, but over time I lost my enthusiasm for it. Doing art by hand is where it's at.

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How old's your lappy?

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That machine he has is a black polycarbonate MacBook from 2006. They only made them for a few years and I am pretty sure I got that one right after they came out, so it is either a 2006 or early 2007.

I am sure we can find a battery, just have to get the macbook revision to be sure and they aren't hard to replace (they pop out no problem).

-Scott

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Macs usually have longer lifespans than most pre-assembled PCs, up to 6 years.

But custom built PCs that are future proof have longer lifecycles. :deal:

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Yes, they _might_ have longer life cycles. When they switched from ATA to SATA that was a huge one. Then DDR2/3 memory wasn't compatible, then PCI to PCIx and PCIe, then Firewire 400/800 wasn't as long lived, but I bet Thunderbolt will be, gives a whole new meaning to daisy-chaining devices.

-Scott

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In 2000 I assembled a dual AMD Athlon CPU uber-rig, called Jormungand, with the 760 MP chipset. Killed at lan parties because I loaded the game before anyone else, and got to the weapons first. :twisted:

In 2005 I assembled a DFI Lanparty nf4 SLI-DR mobo with dual GPU (GeForce 7800 GTX), because SATA drives were the new hot shit.

The DFI mobo kicked the bucket last summer, and now I'm running on a AMD FX quad-core CPU monster, but I still have the same old GeForce 7800 GTX. :mrgreen:

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Yep, writing by hand is really where it's at. :) It's really amazing to think that people like Dostoevsky and Victor Hugo wrote millions of words -- all by hand.

They say Sartre wrote at least 20 pages per day in his notebooks.

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Sartre's notebook:

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Well, after he replaced part of the cord, it charged perfectly. Today ... not charging again! :noidea:

I just took a look at the little doohickey that clicks into the magnet thingy (sorry for these technical terms) and there are five notches, and it looks like the middle one is reduced in size or cut off. Is that the way it is supposed to look? If not, maybe that is the true problem.

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I have a Macbook Pro from 2006 or '07 and the male end of the cord appears as you described it. I think that is how it is supposed to be. On a side note, the battery in that laptop wore out faster than it should have, in my opinion (certainly much faster than the battery in my cheapo ASUS laptop).

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Well, I just said screw it and bought a new power cord/adapter or whatever they call these things. Eighty six dollars and one penny. Why the one penny? :noidea: Now, if my 1941 Royal typewriter ribbon needs replacing, that would cost about 50 cents. Assuming anyone sells typewriter ribbons anymore. :doh:

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May I recommend the MacBook Air? It's closer to the iPad than the standard MacBook. 13 hours of battery life. :faint:

Before you shout about lab testing, they had it tested in real world situations and clocked it at 15 hours. :nod:

The first all-day laptop. Thin package, and cheapest goes for 1K.

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Why do you expect a battery to last forever. Isn't 6 years pretty dang good? Most laptop batteries from other manufacturers last only a few years, yes, no kidding.

Now, since the machine itself said the battery was bad, you probably need to replace it, although both the battery _and_ power adapter could have gone bad at the same time, as one could have ruined the other.

The new MacBook Airs have incredible battery life, the new Intel processor really helps out, and when OSX 10.9 comes out, it will help even more. Pretty nifty.

-Scott

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Well it is charging fine now. The new adapter seems to have done the trick, but as far as replacing the battery, as mentioned, the blue minion told me it might be very hard to do, because they don't make the right battery for this "vintage" machine anymore. :noidea:

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