[TUHS] Early Unix and Keyboard Skills

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 22:26:35 AEST 2022

When I was in high school (in the early sixties) I tried to sign up for
typing, which was taught on manual typewriters. I was told that the class
was for girls only, and I was turned away. I never did develop good typing
skills. I'm pretty much a two-fingered typist. Ironically, I have probably
done more typing than 90% of the female classmates who were allowed to take
the class.

Precision figured mightily in those days, which may also have pre-dated
white-out. Eliminating an error was a big deal. Now it's dead easy, and
auto-correct has already fixed several errors in this message.

On Wed, Nov 2, 2022 at 8:14 AM Steffen Nurpmeso <steffen at sdaoden.eu> wrote:

> steve jenkin wrote in
>  <E212D205-B786-4441-A95B-B5F5546B5C6C at canb.auug.org.au>:
>  ...
>  |I’ve never heard anyone mention keyboard skills with the people of \
>  |the CSRC - doesn’t anyone know?
> What i personally find more fascinating (given that -- in the
> right condition -- i type pretty fast even in total darkness but
> darkest possible monitor brightness) is the multitaskability some
> show, in respect to combination of mouse and keyboard (or even
> dual-mouse if i remember a message of Rob Pike right).  I once
> watched a video on the google tube of Russ Cox dancing acme doing
> go testing, could be it is [1].  When he starts to actually work
> a bit (late on iirc), that is thrilling, i could never select /
> paste (kill snarf yank what do i know) that fast.
>   [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP1xVpMPn8M
> --steffen
> |
> |Der Kragenbaer,                The moon bear,
> |der holt sich munter           he cheerfully and one by one
> |einen nach dem anderen runter  wa.ks himself off
> |(By Robert Gernhardt)
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