Answer by ageekmom · Sep 29, 2010 at 12:25 AM
My parents have several very old manual typewriters, but the last time I actually used a typewriter myself was sophomore year of high school (1990.) I was already doing my schoolwork (reports and such) on a personal computer with a word processor, but I was known for my fast typing so I often ended up helping friends type up their reports at the last minute in the library. I hated using a typewriter after having grown proficient on a computer. White Out sucks... so does ensuring the paper is aligned properly and the margins are properly set.
EDIT: Actually, the typewriter in high school was an electric. My parents have the manual ones where you have to manually advance it at the end of the line.
Answer by stjonks · Sep 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM
I think the main reason why anyone would bother to REALLY use typewriters for productivity nowadays is because they know they're gonna be distracted by everything on the web and on their computers while they're typing. (How many times have you failed to resist the urge to click on your Twitter/Facebook bookmark while typing that report which was due the next day?)
So I guess it'd actually be pretty cool if some company actually produced a pseudo-laptop device which is only capable of word processing, where its hardware is optimized for typing, printing and data transfer only. (YES, THAT MEANS NO MINESWEEPER)
PS: AND NO SOLITAIRE.
Answer by Eric Fox · Sep 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM
Of course people do. They just mod them to work with their computers through the USB port, now.
Answer by r0bErT4u · Apr 26, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Say goodbye to the typewriter 1867-2011
"... If you ever thought it might be fun to own an old style typewriter, you need to move fast. The last typewriter factory in the world has stopped making new ones, and they have only 500 left in stock ..."