I first noticed it when one of my favorite flash sites, www.onekingslane.com, featured beautiful restored manual typewriters by kasbahmod.com. I yearned to get one, but they were gone in a flash and apparently that's the only way kasbah mod sells them.
Then I heard Glen Beck say that he'd recently bought a typewriter because he was paranoid about big brother Google watching everything we write on the Internet. Hmm. Maybe he has a point.
Then I noticed all the vintage typewriters on eBay.com. Suddenly typewriters were cool again, and they were everywhere.
So I thought about getting one, but I really don't have anywhere to put it. Then I found programs that can make your computer sound like a typewriter, BUT, best of all, I found instructions on how to make your Mac sound like a typewriter with the stuff that's already built in (sorry, PC folks). If you want to feel like you're in college again (if you went to college before laptops), just do this:
Make your Mac Sound Like a Typewriter
1. Open the System Preferences window
2. Click on Universal Access.
3. Click the Keyboard button on the top.
4. Turn on "Slow Keys"
5. Check the box next to Use Click Key Sounds
6. Move the Acceptance Delay slider all the way to the right for "Short".
That's all you have to do. All you'll be missing is the "ding" when you hit the end of a line--and you know, I really miss that ding.
I've been writing with typewriter sounds for two days now, and when I'm really cooking, it sounds like a machine gun going off in my office. My hubby just laughs at me, but it makes me feel so doggone PRODUCTIVE!
So--there's your fun tip for the day. Enjoy!