Technology may suck, but there are times when it compliments a typewriter perfectly.

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Now that I’ve finally got myself a scanner with OCR there’s no excuse not to use a typewriter for those inspirational first drafts.

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No need to worry about those typos, I can edit them later on the computer. Just pop my work of literary genius onto the flatbed of my Hewlett Packard Scanjet G3110 scanner, select an OCR output option …

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… and BASHAR’s your uncle!

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For $119 AUD (plus free postage) much cheaper than a USB typewriter, and with unlimited keyboard options.

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We’ve come a long way since the days of the TexCom 2400 (Article published in the Montreal Gazette, 1985).