May 09, 2021


So THAT'S how they did it before NJ Star.

That amazing bit of Babbagery has to have the capability of typing a MINIMUM of 1945 characters. I wonder if some of those keys are just radicals and there's a function similar to capital and lower case for putting together select words. Anybody used one of these?

Anyway, with the development of the integrated circuit and word processors the procedure today is much simpler allowing a larger pool of typists. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 10:25 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Apparently it had a total of 1,172 characters, including kana, alphabet, digits, and punctuation, so it was limited to specific kinds of correspondence. I imagine they had variants for specific industries (military and banking were prominently mentioned in several sites that turned up in a quick search).


Posted by: J Greely at Sun May 9 10:58:16 2021 (ZlYZd)

2 related:  I recall reading in a 1970s Guinness BoWR that the record for fastest typist in Chinese  (Mandarin, I assume?) was 11 words per minute. 

No, that wasn't a typo.  How did they publish newspapers?

Posted by: Ubu at Thu May 13 16:52:56 2021 (UlsdO)

3 How did they publish newspapers?

They got untrained monkeys to publish nonsense.  Then those monkeys acquired experience and went to work for the New York Times.

Posted by: cxt217 at Thu May 13 22:12:14 2021 (4i7w0)

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