On 2021 Nov 14, Dorothy J Heydt wrote
(in article <r2L98...@kithrup.com
> In article<ivdial...@mid.individual.net
> Mark Jackson <mjac...@alumni.caltech.edu
> > On 11/14/2021 5:22 PM, Dorothy J Heydt wrote:
> > > He said in honest bewilderment, "Why would anyone ever want not to
> > > use the mouse?"
> > >
> > > (So I would never have to take my hands off the (adjectival)
> > > keyboard, you (sulfurous synonym for "nitwit").
> > Nulla ratio gustum. I first got my hands on a mouse-connected device in
> > 1983 (Xerox Alto) and far prefer working with one.
> Fair enough; we get used to what we started with. I first got my
> hands on a keyboard in (count on fingers) 1956. It was a manual
> typewriter, all steel and ribbon, and I learned to touch-type on
> it. I use the mouse to open a file, and then I type into it.
I started typing on Commodore PET and Apple II desktops, and on a portable
typewriter, in the late 1970s. I was using things like Banks Street Writer on
the Apple, and something I forget entirely on the Commodore. By the early
1980s I was using a Xerox 820, in the engineering computer lab at university;
it had WordStar on it and was connected to a daisy-wheel printer. The
undergrads were not permitted to touch the IBM DisplayWriters, they were for
grad students only, and the Burroughs and Prime minicomputers didn’t have
ward processing software available to mere undergrads. I stopped using my
typewriter as soon as I got access to the Xerox. It sat in its case for years
afterwards, and vanished after a move.
I got a Mac 128, with MacWrite and an Imagewriter (note spelling; InterCaps
happened with the ImageWriter II and the disastrous ImageWriter LQ and was
retrofitted to the Imagewriter by Apple Marketing, but the box my printer
shipped with had a lower case w...) An upgrade to Fat Mac and then Mac Plus
status helped MacWrite a lot, MacWrite was memory-based and 128 kB wasn’t
enough. Microsoft shipped Word, I dumped MacWrite at roughly Mach Two.
Microsoft, even in those days was heavily into command/control key
combinations (Word currently literally has a command/control key combo for
every letter of the alphabet, a shift-command/control key combo for most, and
alt/option combos for a lot. You don’t need a mouse for most things when
you use Word, if you know which combo to use. That would be command keys on
Macs, control keys on Windows/DOS, alt on Windows, option on Macs.)
I also got a Compaq, and put WordPerfect on it. However, once Win3 arrived
and Windows was actually worth a damn, but WordPerfect ignored all GUIs, I
stuck WinWord on it. WinWord was effectively Mac Word, just with control keys
instead of command keys. I’ve used Word on Mac and Windows ever since.
I do a lot of typing, and keep my hands on the keyboard as much as possible.
Apple, in its infinite idiocy, hates extended keyboards with full sets of
navigation keys and a numeric keypad, so I go to a lot of trouble to get
proper keyboards, not Apple keyboards.