Published on June 23rd, 2014
Almost 150 years ago on June 23, 1868, an inventor, Christopher Sholes, received a U.S. patent for his manual typewriter. A typewriter is a machine that prints symbols on paper as the typist types them. A manual typewriter is one that does not need electricity to operate.
Things you can do with a manual typewriter that you can’t do with a computer:
- You will never get a virus on your machine.
- You can print as you type.
- You will never need wifi, electricity, or a mouse to operate.
- You can make an exclamation point by typing an apostrophe, back spacing, then typing a period below the apostrophe.
Things you can do with a computer that you can’t do with a typewriter:
- William Carey (born 1761; died 1834) was a missionary to India. He spent years translating scriptures into other languages. The work was very difficult. In 1812, a fire destroyed the building where his work was stored. “In one night the labors of years are consumed,” he wrote. Bible translators today can store their work on computers in various locations. A fire would not destroy all their work.
- You can connect to websites. And on the website www.prisoneralert.com, you can translate a Christian phrase into another language to send a message to a Christian who is prison for their Christian activities. You can write a letter to any of the prisoners on the site using the simple online writing process.