Re: Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing review â did tech change literary style?

Subject: Re: Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing review â did tech change literary style?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:56:08 -0700

I did clerical / secretarial work during the transition from
typewriters to word processing. When working as a temp I used almost
all the proprietary devices that were around until WordStar and
WordPerfect wiped them out.

I can't remember the MT/ST but I'm pretty sure I used one. They were
supplanted by the Mag Card Selectric, which used magnetic cards the
same size and shape as punched cards. This was in some ways simpler
since there was usually a one-to-one correspondence between cards and
pages.

I used a Xerox (860?), which was an attempt to commercialize the Alto
technology and the first system I saw with a touchpad, multiple fonts,
and a WYSIWYG display.

I also used an Exxon QYX. "Put a tiger in your ... typewriter!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--uwuseejvU


On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:41 PM, <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com> wrote:
> Since itâs almost Friday, I thought Iâd post this not-completely-on-topic article because I know it will be of interest to anybody whose time in the digital trenches stretches back to our digital beginnings.
>
> Book review:
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> https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/30/track-changes-a-literary-history-of-word-processing-matthew-kirschenbaum-review
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> Brian H.
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