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View Poll Results: How do you type
One finger 2 2.53%
Two fingers 3 3.80%
More than 2 fingers/thumbs but fewer than 5 15 18.99%
More than 5 fingers/thumbs 19 24.05%
I need to look at the keyboard to see the keys 17 21.52%
I don't need to look at the keyboard / (Touch-typist) 51 64.56%
Mostly use speech typing 0 0%
Mostly someone else types for me !!!! 1 1.27%
Any method not on this list ... .. please explain .... 6 7.59%
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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How do you type ?

index fingers on each hand ?

touch type .... ?

via speech type ?


Enquiring minds just interested.... I've been using wordprocessors and PCs for 30 odd years and though I'm not a total touch typist I can usually manage as long as I don't think too much of what I'm doing.

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Old 03-19-2009, 02:19 PM   #2
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All fingers except thumbs - but self-learned, not touch type. I keep trying to touch type, but unless I ge the training it's so slow that I stop trying. Thus, I get no training, etc. :P
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Touch type. Learned in school on actual typewriters, then strengthened my fingers on a second-hand (still owned) 1940's Remington Black Steel Typewriter. Get about 70 - 100wpm.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:25 PM   #4
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Hey guys - let me get the poll up and sorted !!!!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:27 PM   #5
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Touch type. Learned in school on actual typewriters, then strengthened my fingers on a second-hand (still owned) 1940's Remington Black Steel Typewriter. Get about 70 - 100wpm.
Me too, except strenghtned on a 1980's Brother portable manual with the letters that flopped up and smacked the ribbon. If you wanted BOLD, then you had to back up and re-smack it a few times.

I can type well over 100 wpm, but I don't. That's a skill that my bosses have no business knowing about. Who on earth would want a job that required you to type 110 wpm?

I did do some medical transcription on the side a few years back. Paid 8 cents a word (5 characters). I made enough money in a month to buy a whole new living room full of furniture!
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Me too, except strenghtned on a 1980's Brother portable manual with the letters that flopped up and smacked the ribbon. If you wanted BOLD, then you had to back up and re-smack it a few times.

I can type well over 100 wpm, but I don't. That's a skill that my bosses have no business knowing about. Who on earth would want a job that required you to type 110 wpm?

I did do some medical transcription on the side a few years back. Paid 8 cents a word (5 characters). I made enough money in a month to buy a whole new living room full of furniture!

So that means you're "a more than 5 fingers/thumbs" lass ?
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So that means you're "a more than 5 fingers/thumbs" lass ?
Sometimes also elbows, and occasionally nose when I fell asleep and my head hit the keyboard. You have to put in a lot of late nites and bang a lot of keys to make a couple thou in a month at 8 cents per word.
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Sometimes also elbows, and occasionally nose when I fell asleep and my head hit the keyboard. You have to put in a lot of late nites and bang a lot of keys to make a couple thou in a month at 8 cents per word.
that's why you spend so much time on here ....
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I can type like the Road Runner! Beep beep. Zip Tang!


(The elbows and nose are also why I voted for BOTH touch typing and "other.")
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Touch type. Learned in school on actual typewriters, then strengthened my fingers on a second-hand (still owned) 1940's Remington Black Steel Typewriter. Get about 70 - 100wpm.
Me too! And I had an old (it was old even then) Royal back in the day--it must have weighed 30 pounds!

I could only do 40-50 WPM, though, about the same as now on a computer.

Edit: I found a picture of my old typewriter!!!


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Me too! And I had an old (it was old even then) Royal back in the day--it must have weighed 30 pounds!

I could only do 40-50 WPM, though, about the same as now on a computer.

Edit: I found a picture of my old typewriter!!!

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Glorious photo! I sometimes miss the sound of the letters smacking the ribbon, instead of plastic tapping on a keyboard. My little portable was bright harvest gold, seeing as how that and olive green were fashionable colors when it was new.
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I took a touch typing class many years ago in high school and it was an excruciating experience. I clearly had no ability or interest in learning the skill and only passed the course by the skin of my teeth. I still can't type the number keys without looking, but did finally manage to pick up some speed as an adult. Have to say it was worth learning as I type nearly every day.
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Great photo. It was incredibly frustrating when the red and black ink ribbons got tangled up -- or was that just me?
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Glorious photo! I sometimes miss the sound of the letters smacking the ribbon, instead of plastic tapping on a keyboard.
Yeah, and the pressure you had to use on the keys. Whole different experience.

At the time I got rid of that beast, I was glad. Now looking at the picture, I feel a bit...wistful.
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