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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 05:54 pm:

Just wondering ....

I use my left index finger

I know I should probably know how to type at my age

But then again, I should have probably figured
out women a long time ago too ... :-)


Am I alone In Cyberspace ?? ....


Jim



Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Paul O'Neil on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 05:59 pm:

Nope. I pound on the keyboard all day at work and am still a one finger typist. I may be slow by some standards but I'm sure a lot faster than I ever was with a pen . . .

Vintage Paul


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Walt Berdan, Bellevue, WA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 06:06 pm:

I'm a two fingers and a thumb typist. I took typing classes in high school and again while I was working for an insurance company. Those lessons were as futile as the piano lessons I took as a kid. Absolutely wretched typist, my wife can't stand to watch but those skills never got in the way of success as a computer programmer/analyst or as an instructor for over 20 years.

Some of us can relate a letter, word or phrase to automatic finger movements and others just can't make that mental link.

Walt


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Lodge - St Louis MO on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 06:07 pm:

I'm a two-finger typist - both index fingers. I had figured out how to use our old Royal portable typewriter when I was about 12, and that was with one finger from each hand. By the time my dad sent me to a summer typing class one year, I was faster with the two fingers than trying to do it the "right" way, so whenever no one was watching me, I did what I had always done. I can remember in the Air Force that people would walk by the door of my office and see me typing, then come back and look again. As I recall, I once did a standardized timed typing test and hit between 65-70 wpm with my method. Far too late now to change anything.... :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 06:09 pm:

Jim, I use the two finger peck and Paw method. The down side is my eight other fingers are having envy issues. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Spaziano, Bellflower, CA. on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 06:53 pm:

I use the "Columbus Typing Method". Discover and land.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve McClelland on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 07:12 pm:

I use the biblical method…. Seek and ye’shall find. Sometimes it takes a while to find!
For the record I use 4 fingers and 2 thumbs, if I could teach them how to spell I'd be ok.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By A. Gustaf Bryngelson on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 07:20 pm:

A friend of my father was able to type when he was drafted in 1943, he was made a clerk and given three stripes out of boot camp. Because of that, my father insisted that I take typing in high school. I could never type more than 24 mistakes a minute until I started using a computer in the mid 80s. Learning how to type was a great benefit to me, even though it was not something that father had expected. It is easy to back space to correct a mistake, and now I can type around 50 words a minute.
Best
Gus


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 07:35 pm:

I took typing in ninth grade because of Shelby OO Burgess.

It never meant too much until I started using computer in early 1980s, and lugging a laptop beginning in 1987.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Carl Sorenson-Lake Arrowhead,CA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 07:43 pm:

I thought Ralph was using Morris Code a couple weeks ago........Then his wife bought him a new keyboard.........Carl


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 07:58 pm:

- .... .. ... | .. ... | -- --- .-. ... . | -.-. --- -.. . |

This is Morse code

Wifey's.parrot.ate.my.space.bar.and.other.long keys. Took a week to get replacement wireless keyboard.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 08:12 pm:

I took typing in JC but bailed when I realized my GPA was going to suffer... besides who types fj,fj all day? I learned the two finger method when computers came along... except for the DEC,HP ABC keyboards, I became very proficient in a hurry!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 08:17 pm:

I took typing in JC but bailed when I realized my GPA was going to suffer... besides who types fj,fj all day? I learned the two finger method when computers came along... except for the DEC,HP ABC keyboards, I became very proficient in a hurry!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 08:17 pm:

Since we (at least most of us) do not use typewriters any more is it appropriate to call it "typing"? :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary H. White - Sheridan, MI on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 08:56 pm:

I took typing in high school as I was left handed and no one could read my rittin. Also it was a small school in a farming community and it was that or a FFA course. A few years ago an injury to my left forearm severed several tendons so now typing is with one finger on left and five on right.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Aaron Griffey, Hayward Ca. on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 09:25 pm:

I type with most of my fingers, even though I do hunt & pick. I have pretty much learned where to hunt.
I think it will probably be called "type" forever, or is there already a new word for it?
Are we texting?
I suppose we are texting on the computer keyboard!?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 09:29 pm:

I use two, or three, or four fingers per hand. Then I go back and take out all the extra letters that crept in while I was typing.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob McDaniel(Indiana Trucks)Star City In on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:21 pm:

I never used a keyboard till we got a computer so learning to type was hard cause the letters are all mixed up. I would say it would be easy if they just put them in order. Now when I try to type a new contact into my cell phone's phone book, I can't find the letters cause they are in order.

I don't know how many fingers I use cause I never counted, it would mess up my typing. At least my fingers now spell better than I do.

Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:36 pm:

Thanks for the replies !

Must be an age thing, I took typing in high school but never finished
because I broke my finger ....

If you ask a person much younger about " typing class " they seem to have no clue what you are talking about.

I guess because computers and keyboards are so commonplace, typing as I know it has become a basic necessary skill ... :-)


Now I don't feel like .......






Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:50 pm:

I took typing in HS as an elective and aced it. There were three guys in that class of about 35. We took a little ribbing but it paid off for me in college and my entire computer and business career. I've slowed down somewhat but I can still type without looking.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Schedler, Sacramento on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:53 pm:

I took typing in HS and it stuck, like riding a bicycle. I use all ten...the thumbs are for the space bar.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Walt Berdan, Bellevue, WA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:01 pm:

I took typing in high school with visions of it being advantageous in college. The teacher promised not to flunk me if I promised not to come back. I got a D which was better than I deserved. That malicious witch put adhesive tape over the keys which totally destroyed my chances, I just couldn't memorize where the keys were and which finger gave me which letter. However, some familiarity with the keyboard made it easier to deal with the keypunch machines when I started programming. With sufficient practice my speed got pretty fair for two fingers and a thumb. I also found that I was proofreading as I typed - for correct spelling, language syntax and logic so being a little slow with the fingers wasn't as bad as it seemed.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Danial - Veneta OR US Earth Solar System on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:14 pm:

Interesting thread. I type amazingly fast but have been typing and self-taught since about age seven.

Henry, I believe they call it "keyboarding" class in school these days. At least that's what they called it when my daughter was in high school 10-12 years ago.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Danial - Veneta OR US Earth Solar System on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:15 pm:

Jim I have that same gif animation, but mine has a few more, less than family-oriented frames to it. grin..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Floyd Voie - Chehalis, Washington on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:16 pm:

Aaron,
A typing class in school is now called keyboarding....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:22 pm:

Walt,

I wish I had been on more dates where the " teacher " promised not to flunk me if I promised not to come back.


Danial,

Nice to know I am not alone ... :-)



Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:25 pm:

Oh and Rick ....

I won't ask what the " OO " stands " for in " Shelby OO Burgess " ...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Lodge - St Louis MO on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:36 pm:

Don't we still refer to "dialing" a number on the telephone, despite the fact that there hasn't been a telephone with a dial for several decades?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:06 am:

Not any more. Most cell phones refer to a button or menu with "Call". Gone is the old XMT button too. I haven't seen numbers listed with "Dial" in years. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:35 am:

I enjoyed reading this, so I guess I 'll share mine. I also took Typing in high school. I got clear up to a rip, roaring twenty three words a minute. I was not the slowest in class, there was one kid that could only do nineteen. (My oldest son took a "keyboarding" test and broke his schools record at 86 wpm) My hands are size XL with medium length fingers. Too much hard physical work has been tough on the digits. Getting stiffer with age, I am down to both thumbs and only about two fingers on each hand that will bend fast enough to do typing.
I won't complain, given some of the work I have done (underground construction, trenching, drilling). I have my share of scars, but I still have all ten and they all work.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By joe bell on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 08:09 am:

Back when I was in school the only ones that took typing was some one that was going to college and I sure was not college material. I would of never dreamed that I would ever use one of these things instead of a phone. I am up to two fingers now !!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 08:27 am:

I use middle finger of each hand and sometimes add the ring finger and index finger if I get lazy.
The thumbs are relegated to the space bar and the pinky is the little guy that does nothing because it went home!

I never took a tying class but spend a lot of time on the puter writing papers, reports, and making a fool of myself.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:27 am:

Interesting ....

I too have ' fat fingers ' and I have an old style cell phone because I prefer the large buttons.

Since I don't text on my phone or shoot videos with my phone I guess just talking on it makes me old fashioned .....


Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 10:46 am:

I tell my grandkids that their grandkids will have narrow pointy thumbs, the product of a few generations of texting. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Willie K Cordes on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:10 am:

Like so many in the above post, I also took "Typing" in high school. I have had a typewriter somewhere near me ever since that first typing class. I do not like writing anything with a pencil. My typewriter went from a manual to an electric to my current laptop.
I still occasionally type something on the electric typewriter just a little slower pace than those old days.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:56 am:

I took typing in Jr. High. There were a lot of good looking girls in that class. :-) I had no idea how I would use typing until the computer came along. Only problem I have is that I am so ambidextrous that I get my two hands mixed up. Especially between the E and the I. Both those letters are typed with the middle finger. Ambidextrous works very well when working on the car. I can use whichever hand works best for the situation. Bolts like the crankcase to block bolts work well using both hands.

Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 03:06 pm:

I took typing in high school back in the '50's. I do use all my fingers, I think, pretty much correctly as I can type without looking at the keyboard. I am not too fast, but I think I do type pretty much correctly. If I have deviated any from how I was taught, well, I guess that I've been doing it so long that right or wrong, I do use all my fingers without looking and it works for me.

The only thing I ever insisted on when my four sons (now all in their 40's) went to high school was that they take typing. They never say much about it, but I have watched them type and all four of them do use all their fingers, and they also type much faster than I do. But then that's kids for ya', right?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Todd on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 03:19 pm:

I went to night school, now I have a heck of a time readin or rite-in in the daytime.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:50 pm:

I type with both hands but left side of the key board sticks and sometimes I type 2 letters at the same time with ether hand! In HS I got a D or C in typing, in my first year in Community Collage I got an A, go figure. Still faster and more readable then my hand writing. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 10:28 pm:

Ken Todd, Good one! Got a good laugh out of it, Thanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Wrenn on Friday, January 11, 2013 - 09:41 am:

My wife's a one-finger pounder, I can type "normally" like there's no tomorrow (thanks to a good high school typing teacher), and like Joe Bell, not college material either, think I took it to be with all the babes!! anyway, now I gotta re-learn typing with my two thumbs!! Oh to be young again! NOT!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Pletcher on Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 07:38 pm:

I had the choice of taking typing or auto mechanics when I was a high school senior. I opted for auto mechanics. If I would have taken typing would have been in class with my girl friend. But auto mechanics as still a better draw. That winter the shop teacher asked me to help him do a "frame off" on a '25 Dodge Bros. That was the first chance to work on old cars. That shop teacher restored a number of old cars. The '25 DB, '26 T, and a 31 A are in my garage. Oh, I forgot the girl friend in that typing class is my wife of 45 years. Her father was the shop teacher I helped with that '25 DB.

My typing skills have suffered from not taking typing, but the old car experience and my wife were worth it.
Regards,
Pletch


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