Skip to comments.NYC keeps ahead of the curve, invests $1 million into typewriters
Posted on 07/15/2009 12:55:12 PM PDT by Lorianne
When we look upon the typewriter, we tend to think of it as a somewhat romantic, antiquated technology for the English major in us to write that great mystery novel we've been toying with -- not something we'd imagine anyone would still be using in a professional setting. Unfortunately for New York's boys in blue, that's exactly the situation they find themselves in. According to NY Post, the city has plunked down $982,269 in a contract with New Jersey-based Swintec to provide thousands of new manual electric typewriters bound for NYPD offices over the next three years, with another $99,570 going to a company for maintaining the current lineup. While arrest reports have thankfully gone the way of computers, property and evidence vouchers continue to be written up out the old fashioned way, with officers complaining about having to seek out ribbons when they (often) run dry. In some way, it's kind of funny... but mostly, it's just sad.
I have a Guttenberg Press for the FDNY if they want it...
Good point. But the truth of the matter is that our office manager (a loose term for someone who actually performs a lot of different functions) has been here for ages and knows her job inside and out... but is functionally computer-illiterate. As long as she’s here (and she’s a great lady, so no one’s kicking her out the door) some things will probably never get updated. But whenever she does retire, I’m guessing there’ll be a lot of changes around here.
The police have enough problems without having to screw around with any damned computers.
We’ve just got the Adobe Reader, so we can only read and print unless the author set the form up as a “fill-in” form. Also, even when it is “fill-in”, it sometimes won’t let you save a completed copy unless you print it...the Texas Sales and Use Tax Certificate is an example of one of those types that I use all the time.
This is one of my pet peeves. You’d be surprised (or maybe not) how many of my “eductated” friends can’t write a simple, clear, logical declaritive sentance with a beginning middle and end that makes sense.
I’m surprised how many poor typists, writers, spellers there are out there that don’t know how to use the SHIFT KEY!
Many also don’t seem to know about those mysterious things called paragraphs.
I think poor writing also seems to go along with poor and emotionally hysterical , illogical thinking.
FYI, they still make beer!
The office I work in has computers and a typewriter. We mostly each use our designated computers, but occasionally we use the typewriter to fill out non-computer based forms or type a quick envelope or label. Last year we ordered a 1/2 dozen or so typewriter and correction ribbons just in case there comes a time we are unable to purchase them.
How come your screen name isn't capitalized, and doesn't include proper spacing?
The AP and other media should require it from their photographers.
Ah, I just love the smell of hypocrisy in the afternoon. It smells like a summer low tide at the sewage treatment plant.
Gosh, even in the military I stopped using a typewriter more than 10 years ago. It’s either computer or hand-written. We can even scan too! :-)
Because it’s a screen name, not my real name and because I don’t want it to. It’s a nom de plume.
Is that OK with you?
Don't get me started about the caps lock on emails and forms. I hate those and they are not easier to read. I had a boss who used to do that, and had the spell check not check all caps.
He decided to change after he sent out a scathing email to us when he was in a rage (including several females) and he misspelled CANT. Needless to say, I shouldn't have to spell the word.
You sure enjoy getting people’s knickers in a twist! Like that ‘raving’ something or other here I saw a while back. Hehehe!
Nice work, buddy. Have a good one! :)
yeah, its just fine with me, but dont get all high and mighty and dickish saying its a form of mental disease not to capitalize if you dont do it yourself, because that makes you appear to be quite the hypocrite. know what i mean?
Who, me? :)
Yes, that's all very well and I do tend to agree....
The day seems to be looming ever closer when Americans will lose their precious liberty to the collectivist beast. When there are no other options beyond living as a slave or taking up arms, what then?
obviously their carbon paper supplier is a Tony Soprano operation...
What you describe sounds like a REVOLUTION....not rioters on a rampage because the electrical grid throws a city into darkness...
To date - we’ve seen only rioters and anarchists rampaging in the streets...
Shoot those bastards, without apology.
The Revolution hasn’t yet begun......but soon I suspect, if a sufficient number of men who love liberty still exist.
I suspect that will be Obama’s greatest contribution to America - pushing too far and causing a very violent response.
What about women who love liberty...and can shoot halfway decently? ;-)
Ha! Good idea!
Canon makes a device that adds a cryptographic number to each photo taken for evidence. If the photo is altered, it will no longer match.
Why does everyone know that, except the criminals who put this deal together?
I suppose one would have to be a resident and taxpayer in New York City to have standing to demand an inquiry? Have they even heard of a Grand Jury?
Of course women are invited and appreciated..
I myself have trained several young ladies to shoot - and frankly they can shoot as well if not better that most men when taught properly.
Also - I’ve spoken often of the ability of women who fought along side of their men and our forces in Vietnam.
I may sound like a male chauvinist - but I am capable of acknowledging exceptional women.
What the hell is wrong with you folks???
Didn't your public skool indoctrination teach you the difference between criminal thieves rioting and REVOLUTIONISTS?
It is criminally insane to compare the rampaging black thugs of LA or New Orleans to the Patriots who stood at the battle in Lexington..
...for all those pesky .pdf conference registration forms...Holy DASD, Batman -- does that bring back memories!
What the hell is wrong with you? If you had made a distinction other than a blanket statement to kill everyone who opposes government, maybe you’d have a point, but as of now, you simply owe me an apology for being a jerk.
This is my ORIGINAL post, which led you to believe I gave a "blanket statement" in favor of killing everyone opposed to Government.
" The ONLY process rioters are entitled to can be accomplished with a "point and click device" called a firearm. Rioters should be SHOT ON SIGHT.
Perhaps you should try reading more slowly -- point to the words so you don't miss any....
I read it just fine, and with that statement, your government stormtroopers would have done a great job of quelling the Revolution, hence my “Just like 1776” comment.
It’s not my reading comprehension that sucks, your writing sucks. If you meant what you said in follow up posts, it certainly wasn’t put in the original comment that I replied to, so yeah, you DO owe me an apology, now two, for being a jerk.
Nice (NOT!) to see people like you don’t give a damn about liberty. Why bother posting on a conservative website if you think it’s cool for government troops to mow down the populace with their guns? You must have really cheered about Pol Pot, etc. He did a great job of killing the masses. How about those Iranians trying to fight that totalitarian regime? Yeah, kill all the roters, huh?
My last post to you on this subject - since arguing with a fool leads nowhere interesting.
I read fine, your writing sucks. Way to support tyrrany and government slaughter of civilians!
Carbon copies? Wouldn't it be easier to just mimeograph the extra copies?
... declaritive sentance...? It was a free double, a gift from me to you.
Oh God, the one time in my entire life that I DON'T use the spell checker and you're all over me like a cheap rug. You've got to have nerves of steel and a lot of guts to correct anyone's English on this forum.
Quel embarrassment! You're never too old to learn.
Thank you Travis for you polite and well written riposte.
I’m sending you a few apostrophes and a free shift key in gratitude.
Use them in good health.
And what's up with the lousy punctuation in your post when you are ragging on me for punctuation? Your grammar could use some polishing, too!
He who lives in glass houses, and all that.
When you attack others like this, "Im surprised how many poor typists, writers, spellers there are out there that dont know how to use the SHIFT KEY!, you fully deserve to have others point out your shortcomings. You tried to play High & Mighty Mother Superior Grammar Nazi, and are burning yourself, hypocrite.
Geez, even your sentence I quoted shows poor grammar! LMAO!
Any Dictionary would explain the difference between a "rioter" and a "revolutionist"...
Granted, both stand to be shot by the "authorities" - but one will die the death of a thief and the other a "patriot" to his cause...
There is a difference...
Some in this forum possess only a hammer, therefore everything looks like a nail.
“You tried to play High & Mighty Mother Superior Grammar Nazi, and are burning yourself, hypocrite.”
Gee, who’s the nasty “Grammar Nazi” now?
I believe that would be you.
Have a nice day.
Nope, not me. I’m just showing your disgusting and stupid hypocrisy.
You can’t go telling people they are stupid for lousy grammar when you have lousy grammar yourself, hypocrite. I never claimed to be superior, that was you, and are now shown to be a fool for doing so.
Have a great weekend!
It’s fascinating how incredibly rude, nasty and petty you are.
Are you off your meds or are you on crack?
Are you confined in an institution somewhere?
You are just plain bizarre.
Im surprised how many poor typists, writers, spellers there are out there that dont know how to use the SHIFT KEY!
Many also dont seem to know about those mysterious things called paragraphs.
I think poor writing also seems to go along with poor and emotionally hysterical , illogical thinking.
It's incredible how rude and nasty you were with the initial post you made, trying to claim you are all superior to anyone who makes a typo or misses a shift key, when you are very often guilty of that crap yourself. Who the hell do you think you are? Why are YOU off your meds? Who made you the damn Grammar King of FR?
That kind of sickening hypocrisy is totally bizarre. Your mean-spirited attitude against regular posters is unhealthy, and I hope you'll stop thinking you are better than the average FR poster, because you've clearly demonstrated with your weak grammar skills that you are clearly NOT an above average poster here, either in content or grammar.
How about you stop being a grammar nazi and thinking you are all superior, because demonstrably, you aren't. Got it?
If Dan Rather had used a typewriter, he’d still have a job.