^H ow ^H ow19 February, 2010
Back in September, I decided to do something about my embarrassingly atrocious typing. I report some success: I can type faster (33WPM on a good day), but I also make mistakes faster. Now I have two ways to type depending on what I’m working on, but both are still pretty slow. It’s embarrassing when I am surrounded by people who can get text into their machines like it’s coming out of a socket in the back of their necks. (You know who you are ;))
I was reminded of this when we went to see Tron* at the IFI on Wednesday. I may be slow, but I can type faster than Jeff Bridges’ rendition of an 80s hacker :o
Thought experiment: if the backspace key administered small electric shocks when pressed, would we all be more accurate typists? Or would some of us just lose all feeling in one finger? (Or would voice-recognition suddenly seem like a much better idea?)
* It gets cheesier every time I see it. I would still like a pet Bit, though.