Samstag, 31. März 2012

Freitag, 30. März 2012


intercontinental. On a few days of March, I had three Continental typewriters in my collection; a Continental "Tab" with the serial number R048852, which is now with Adwoa of Retro Tech Geneva, a Continental it? 100, a pretty rare luxury model introduced in 1938 and my Continental 340, the first typewriter I bought. With that possibility, I compared the three machines. And found some interesting technical solutions. the three typewriters were probably produced in the following order: 1. Continental Tab 2. Continental 100 (R325385) 3. Continental 340 (R408753) let's first compare the "Tab" and the 340. After their first portable was released in the early 1930s, the Continental engineers continued to develop new models. But were they really new? Let's take a look: We see what they did there... The early Continental's Tab function basically consists of a bar of tabs added behind the main frame. The late, possibly around 1942 340, which doesn't have a tab, seems to be basically the same. Indeed, except for the tabulator attachement, there aren't many big differences, the most striking change is the much bigger carriage return lever, also, its function is slightly changed. The Continental 100, on the other hand, the top- of—the-line model, introduced in 1938, which would cost over 2800 Fr. today, has a totally different design. Its straight, aesthetical lines have a certain resemblance of the flat Corona 4 model. But is the luxury model such a big change from the other two Continentals? It actually isn't. Knowing where the Tab-Functions are on the Continental "Tab", we also understand why the Continental 100 has such an enormous carri- age: To hide the "Kolonnenreiter", as the Continental marketing branch call the Tabs. A view from below onto the innards of the Continental 340 (left) and the Continental 100 show that there aren't major changes except for the Tab- Functions and a replaced functions and a re-located bell. The folks at Continental in Siegmar-Schonau near Chemnitz definitely knew how to re-use their designs. Pity that Continental ceased to exist after the trobules of the second World War. They made great typewriters. Typed on the Continental 340 This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Donnerstag, 29. März 2012

Mittwoch, 28. März 2012

Dienstag, 27. März 2012

Video: Andy Rooney about typewriters

"If my Underwood had been a computer I'd have had to buy a new one every time I needed a new ribbon because Bill Gates would have designed new ribbons so that they didn't fit last year's typewriters."

Montag, 26. März 2012


EXIF Back in the days when Optima typewriters were clacking in Stasi offices in the GDR and Underwoods typed out top-secret reports in Secret Service headquarters, there were specialists who could identify a typewriter from its typeface. If they got a used ribbon, they could find out what documents had been typed with the ribbon and how long they were. And every typewriter—human combination had an unmistakeable fingerprint. But those were specialists. These days, our cameras save much more sensible data in the pictures, and we share those with the world via Internet. The EXIF metadata standard is widely accepted, pretty much every camena uses it. There are useful things like exposure and ISO data saved, those can definitely help improve one's photo- graphy skills, but there's also data than one might not want to share with the world. At least not in every photo: Modern cameras with GPS modules also save the geographical location into the metadata, so everyone knows where you took the picture of that pyramid - or your car/house/dog... The serial number of your camera is saved into the EXII information, so you don't need the experts previously mentioned anymore, but include this sensitive data into your image. And EXIF is only an example, there are many more metadata standards, for antoher example, Word documents save your changes and often your full name and the computer's name. Actually, almost every file you save has some information in it - the experts are obsolete and replaced by your own files, programs and devices. Optima Elite This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Samstag, 24. März 2012

Freitag, 23. März 2012

The Collection: Remington Deluxe Noiseless


If you have trouble reading the uneven typeface:
Transcript after the break.

Post scriptum: This isn't a Remington Noiseless 7, but rather a Remington Deluxe Noiseless, as I found out doing further research on Richard Polt's site. With that in mind, the ND-serial number makes sense, too. The machine was therefore made around 1939.
Also, I wanted to add that the machine isn't all that portable, with a size of 28x26x13 cm and a weight of 8 kg in the case. 

Yes, it has petrified feet.

The tabs are missing, so the tab function is useless. Pity.

Mittwoch, 21. März 2012

Review: LG LSM-100 Scanner Mouse

first paragraph of this post, scanned with the mouse scanner.

view while scanning.

Review: LG LSM-100 Scanner Mouse The idea of LG's mouse scanner sounds intriguing: A normal laser mouse with integrated scanner functiaz Just swipe over your document for a good scan. we've tested this little device that might be useful for typospherians (smaller size = more storage space for typewriters), here's our review: HANDLING The handling of the LSM—lOO is good, although the mouse is very long and big, it fits well into my hand I especially like the "noisless" scrolling whell, no clickering while scrolling. Everything works well. There is also a back-button on the left, just there where my thumb lies, that works with web browsers. As a mouse, I'd definitiy recommend this thing. This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere SCANNING While the mouse function works with plug&play, the scanning abilities need to be installed from an included CD. The software is available for Windows and, since a few weeks, for Mac 05. The installation process took very long on my computer, I don't know if that's a general issue. If the software is installed correctly, the software runs as a background tray, waiting for a click on the scan-button on the left of the back-button. if the scanning process is started via this button, blue lights start flashing on the mouse, and a gullscreen window opens. The current position of the 2x5.5 cm big scan area is shown, as well as the already-scanned surface. If the mouse is ratated, two laser sensors help the software navigating. lf one of the two sensors isn't on the ground, for example while scanning a book cowr, the software gets irritated, often misaligning the scannings and ruining the image. Also, if the mouse is lifted off the ground while scanning, the window becomes grey and the mouse should be moved back to where it lost contact, but the software is terrible at handling these cases. Whille scanning, the images are saved to RAM. A bar shows the remaining memory, if that's full, the scanning is stopped. At high resolution (220 dpi), it's enough for scanning an A5 page, at low resolution (100 dpi), the promised A3 format works, but quality goes down. Also, the general scanning can ing quality can't be compared to a fkt- bed scanner. The images look blurry, blue, they're not sharp. 1 wouldn't want to publish these as type- casts: When the scanning is finished, a new window opens, where the image can be cropped and aligned. There ana also possibilities of adjusting brightness, comrast and saturation. If that's finshed, the fullscreen mode is gone, a small window with sharing (mail or social networks) options as well as saving and printmg opens. OCR is started automatically, after a 30 or 3) seconds, an A5 typecast is OCPed, but the accuracy isn't very high. cool: The OCR result can be drag- n- dropped into everything that accepts text. Scanning speed comparison Scanning an A5 page at 200 dpi. From first click of a button to saving of a cropped image. Flatbed scanner*: 25 seconds Mouse Scanner*: 44 seconds 1' L ' X“ ‘i. 7 //I’ *: Flatbed Scanner is Canon LiDe 110 Mouse Scanner is LG LSM-100 FACIT The LSM-lO0 is a good idea, but not we1l—executed. Hand scanners were already popular in the ninties, now, they packed the thing into a mouse. Intelligent, but the software just isn't as good as it needed to be. Also, the bad quality of the images makes the LSM-100 a nice mouse with the drawback of piano lacquer catching all fingerprints, but a terrible scanner. Olivetti MPl Olivetti ICO Olivetti MP1 LSM-100 Mouse Scanner scanner maus scanner mouse test testbericht review testberiucht LG mouse scanner mac support test review typecast OCR sharing is caring test review LG LSM-100 LG LSM-200 rumors rumours new model LG Mouse Scanner 2.0 LG new mouse scanner hands-on handson hand-s-on test first test review

Dienstag, 20. März 2012

Video: Ghostwriter

The idea of this modified typewriter is pretty amazing.
Some technical details can be found here.
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Montag, 19. März 2012

Schreib, Maschine, schreib! Translated Tages-Anzeiger Article.

This original german article by Niklaus Salzmann was published in Tages-Anzeiger on March 16.
Volltext and English translation after the break.

Samstag, 17. März 2012

Typefest Basel

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Freitag, 16. März 2012

technologie. bilingual

Zum Vergrössern Bild anklicken.  English translation after the break. 
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Donnerstag, 15. März 2012

6 Gründe / 6 Reasons

Dear readers,
tomorrow, maschinengeschrieben and the Swiss Typopshere are going to be prominently featured in Tages-Anzeiger, one of the most important newspapers in Switzerland. Half a million people, 1/16th of the swiss population, read it every day.
Tomorrow's post is also going to be the 250st post on maschinengeschrieben, but due to this special situation, I won't celebrate it, but publish a bilingual post on "Technology".