Since Sliced Bread

29 Jan
Electronic typewriter - the final stage in typ...

Electronic typewriter – the final stage in typewriter development. A 1989 Canon Typestar 110 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daily Prompt: Sliced Bread. Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?

I was looking back at some of the things that were popular in 1983, the year I turned 16, for one of the other daily prompts, and realized that Microsoft Word came out that year, which took me by surprise. In that surprise I began to think of all the things I now do with a computer, especially while I was in college, that I had to do with a typewriter back in high school. So for me, I’d have to say that computers are the best thing since sliced bread.

Since the 80’s,  technological advances in regard to computers have been wide open. For people who weren’t born before these technological advances, I suppose it’s different, but for someone like me who remembers typing research papers on a typewriter, with footnotes, and if you got it wrong you had to start that page over. Sure, there were electric typewriters and there were even a few word processors, like Brother, and I’m sure for those who were more technologically savvy there were better options, (like IBM’s first PC, or later the Tandy) but it wasn’t until the late 80’s or early 90’s that I got my first word processor, and then it wasn’t until the very late 90’s that I got my first computer. Since then, I’ve been hooked.

Now, don’t get me wrong, up until a few years ago I had a manual typewriter that had belonged to my aunt that I actually still used. I began writing a novel on it, but when it quit working and I had trouble finding someone to fix it I finally just put everything I had for the novel in my computer and finally gave up on the typewriter. There is something about the sound of the keys, the sound of sliding it back when you’ve finished typing that line, and then moving on to the next line, that you don’t get with a computer. Now, as I venture into even more modern technology, I am debating on switching from Windows to Apple (especially once I wade deeper into the sea of photography). I’m hoping that when I am finally able to switch to Apple I’ll find that it will be the best thing since sliced bread.


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4 responses to “Since Sliced Bread

  1. orestgtd

    January 30, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Thanks for linking to my post.

    I switched from Windows to Apple a few years ago and love it.

    • Lissa

      January 31, 2013 at 1:59 am

      Seriously considering it, would just have to save enough money to get what I want.

      • orestgtd

        February 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        True, Apple products tend to be more expensive.


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