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How it was: Life in the typing pool (I)

Clive Maxfield
10/26/2011 01:12 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/1/2011 1:46:47 PM
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I'm not sure about that -- but I do remember going away with relatives for a week and calling my parents and telling them not to plug a certain plug into the wall socket because it was wired to a detonator or something (just an experiment :-)

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David Ashton   10/31/2011 10:25:41 PM
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I think doing that must swing the recipient of the shock towards an electrical career. I did it when I was about 4 or 5. In Zim, we used UK style round pin sockets, the holes of which were about the right size for a Meccano axle. (Meccano is a UK steel / nuts / bolts / etc construction toy). I ended up on the other side of the room, but seem to have been immune to electric shocks ever since (I'm still here...).

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zeeglen   10/28/2011 12:14:29 AM
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They helped build up those fingers for piano players. Also no typos due to dragging the pinky on a too-soft keyboard. Maybe low pressure keys help with carpal-tunnel, but miss that tactile feedback. Even the old VT100s had a satisfying feel when banging on them.

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old account Frank Eory   10/27/2011 11:54:26 PM
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What I want to know is, at what age did Max first insert a metallic object in the AC wall socket? What was his reaction? I remind our readers on this side of the pond that the UK mains were 240V, having recently been lowered to a mere 230V :)

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MikeSantarini   10/27/2011 10:45:13 PM
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Great story, Mrs. Maxfield. Old timey type writers also required quite a bit of hand strength too so it must have been tiring as well as frustrating. I too would be interested to know about our Max when he was a young lad. Did you have to replace many fuses?

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Max The Magnificent   10/27/2011 2:01:29 PM
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I'll answer for her -- it was unmitigated delight -- she couldn't have asked for a better son :-)

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Brian Fuller2   10/27/2011 1:56:19 PM
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Dear Mrs. Maxfield: What a fine story! I want to know, though, how was Clive to raise a child? ; ) -Brian

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