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04/27/2011

Is the typewriter really gone for good?

There’s been a plethora of reports saying the typewriter is about as dead as the horse-drawn carriage. But questions are being raised about whether the typing machine is really gone for good.

Several media outlets – including the CBC – first reported the death of the typewriter early this week.

These reports said the world’s last mechanical typewriter factory shut its doors in Mumbai, India.

The typewriters were apparently “prized” for their ease, efficiency and durability in areas where electricity is unreliable.

But now the “last” company to make typewriters (note the quotes) has nixed production and there’s only 500 units in stock under the roof of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Now, you may ask, ‘What’s with the quotes?’

The National Post dug up contrary information as to the typewriter’s death. It cites a report that typewriters are still being made in New Jersey, and that the typewriter is “far from dead.”

Apparently, a company still makes typewriters for use in China, Japan and Indonesia – and they’re a huge supplier for prisons because inmates can still write notes on machines that can’t really due much harm.

PS – The first typewriter was coined the current de-facto QWERTY keyboard and plunked together in 1873 by a company now known as Remington.

Did you ever use a typewriter? How have you seen things change? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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