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I heard that it is possible to connect a typewiter to a computer keyboard. Supposedly, it allows you to type as fast as you can. Does anyone know how it works? What's needed to accomplish this? Is special software needed? What cable connections are required? Lastly, which typewriter models work best? Thanks for any insights.

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Re: typing

Why do you think typing on a typewriter is faster than on a keyboard for a desktop? And where on the typewriter would you find the home, the delete, the insert, the function keys, the arrows, the Windows key, the ctrl- and alt-key?

Are you sure it wasn't April Fool's day you heard it?


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Best thing to do is to buy a good keyboard. I have used all kinds of typewriters, but computer keyboard is fastest. There are not so many moving parts Grin

I have used an electric computer with some kind of word processor. And some did even work as printers. But that was in 1980's..

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Heard from who?

Walk up and slap them up-side the head.

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Typewriter hook up


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Do you type really fast?

If so, maybe you could dig up an old IBM Selectric that still works. They did have some sort of port but don't know if it was RS232, parallel or maybe even 20 mil current loop but suspect it was for using the typewriter as a printer. I remember them as being fast and almost impossible to jam. You changed typeface by changing the "golf" ball and I even think they got kerning incorporated in these things.

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