Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

iDevice owners: time to upgrade to the Hanx Writer?

I don't know if the provenance is legitimate, but honorary Typospherian and Friend of the 'Writer Tom Hanks has supposedly put his name and blessing on a typewriter simulation app for Apple devices.

via Apple

I suppose this is either the pinnacle of pretension, some wry meta-joke on the nature of high tech vs. low tech, or a strange hybrid of the two. For low-tech editing, I personally use an editor designed for coding (naturally monospaced.) For a true simulation, I'd banish the backspace key, but I suppose one needs to take baby steps.

How long before the "dumb blond" jokes get updated? (Putting White-Out on the screen, or carriage returning the iPad across the room.) Any Typospherians out there willing to put it through its paces?

Update: it's currently number one in the Apple App Store. Commenter Mark Adams ( did a screencast and posted it on YouTube. Joe Van Cleve has been trying the Hanx Writer "in the field" by producing typecasts: his review is in three parts so far: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Palm Beach Post story

This Palm Beach Post story on the endurance of typewriters has lots of good closeup photos with interesting (though occasionally inaccurate) captions.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Follow up to deek's post a few days ago: typewriters are getting serious attention in privacy-minded Germany. Here's one of several similar stories on the topic.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Typewriters in the Mainstream News

I was certainly surprised to see this article pop up. I am curious as to what sort of "special typewriters" the Kremlin is using, but they put in an order for just over $14,000 worth of electric typewriters recently.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NICE new manual standard typewriters for $100 ...

... Well, new old stock (never used, made in Brazil in 1984). A batch of Facit 1740s are on offer, probably for $100 apiece + shipping. Contact Dave Streko at Thanks to Dan Johnson for providing this information and showing us his machine here. It has some very unusual features.