And tomorrow, I’m taking a day off. \õ/
(Also a very nice reading list.)
I actually have keyboard dreams now, sometimes.
(left = today, right = when I started)
I will celebrate each chapter with a PR stratagem of posting a selfie with a keyboard I own. I don’t really do selfies, ever, so this will be… new.
(The amazing Seiko UC-2100 keyboard. I wish I had the watch that goes with it: gizmodo.com/5401391/the-se…)
I basically could not be happier right now.
(Huge thanks to the amazing Prelinger Library for allowing me to use their scanner!)
Struggled so much with coming up with structure for this one and dreaded it, and yet it is so much fun to write – plus, of course, I completely changed the structure already.
(The perils of being a historian of a young industry. Asked a German institution about the DIN keyboard standards of the early 1980s.)
(The selfie is me by the inimitable IBM Correcting Selectric II from 1973 that deserves its own chapter… and it’ll get one.)
(An illustration for an article about the future of books. Popular Computing, November 1985. Illustrator: Kent Smith.)
I spent so much time researching this. The notes alone are 14,000 words. Here’s the lists of all my to-dos, and an already serious batch of title contenders. Let’s go.
(I’m also trying to get in touch with his family, but it’s hard – mostly since I don’t know how to.)
It also doesn’t mean I can’t for sure fuck this up.
To celebrate writing about QWERTY/Dvorak, I apparently turned myself into a Dvorak typewriter robot. (Turns out, I have no idea how to take selfies.)
(Also, a chapter title “Programmers and pro-gamers” has a nice ring to it.)
Here’s me with the Cambridge Z88 (lent by @scottjenson) and an appropriately British background.
On the surface it looks pretty boring… but this is the actual research that inspired a certain August Dvorak to try to reinvent the keyboard. I just got a rare copy of it from the University of Washington!
This is my poor Olivetti Praxis 48 with a spacebar broken in half. (I might 3D print a replacement one day!)
So, 4️⃣. This is me with the worst keyboard I ever wrote on.
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This is a keyboard I actually made. It only outputs spaces. Since this is my first keyboard, I call it a “space cadet keyboard.”
I might actually be done with the first draft in a week which is… surreal.