Who needs a computer when you can just use a typewriter? Okay, we shouldn't generalize it that much, but typewriters are still very useful for typing documents that won't need to be edited again or when you need to quickly get some thoughts on paper and you don't feel like writing or waiting for the computer to start up. A domain where typewriters still beat computers hands down? Filling out forms — typewriters are pefect for typesetting information onto form documents. You can always print out a document and type directly on it with a typewriter for a more natural experience, rather than using Adobe Reader.
- The Classic Typewriter Page
- California Typewriter (film)
Maybe you don't want a typewriter but you do want a better keyboard. Buy the IBM Model M keyboard from UNICOMP, which continues to make what many have called the greatest keyboard of all time!
The IBM 1401 was announced by IBM in 1959. Today, there are only three left in existence, and two of them are the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California:
- Ken Ross and Paul Laughton demo the IBM 1401
- The IBM 1401 compiles and runs FORTRAN II
- 1403 Printer Fonts, Slugs and Chains
- IBM 1403 Font
Here are some resources not pertinent to retrocomputing so much as they are pertinent to computing in general!
- Plain Text Gmail
- Plain Text Gmail & Set Plain Text as Default
- Choosing between Plain Text & HTML Email
- Plain Text vs. HTML Emails: Which Is Better?
- Old Gmail Login (with counter)
- Old Outlook Webmail (view doesn't persist after session)
- Using CSS custom properties (variables)
- How To Easily Access Your Home Network From Anywhere With Dynamic DNS
- Virtualized Domain Controllers: 4 Myths and 12 Best Practices
Old Microsoft webpages
Circa early 2000s.
- BIOS Password Recovery for Laptops
- How Big Is My Browser? — handy for telling you your browser width and height
- Online Tone Generator (1Hz - 20,154Hz)