I only have one urgent new year resolution this year, and that is to stop writing two capital letters when I write a word that should only start with one.
IT's a pain when I see DIckens written like this, or BOris, or even STarmer. EIther it's my unbelievably fast typing skills, or my laptop can't cope with the incompetence of a two finger typist.
I@m not sure how I can solve the problem. EIther I can slow everything down, or find some fool-proof method to train myself.
I@ve mentioned the problem to others, and they often say they do the same; no solution has yet been found other than to go back over everything that I@ve written, and change it.
MAy I suggest to MR MIcrosoft that they include a recognition chip that instantly spots the mistake, and corrects it. They could call it AUto-COrrect.
THat's it; my one resolution... any suggestions would be very welcome. CRo x
This is something that has never happened to me but I do make other blunders, but then wifey is my proof reader and she does a good job of it especially when it comes to present past tense (which I did not understand even in school)ReplyDelete
My other great fault (my own fault) is hitting the 'Caps Lock' button at the same time as hitting 'a'. After some time I find that everything I've written in is in capital letters. Very annoying.Delete
Short on ideas this morning? Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
No, just making a point.Delete
It is an example of a bad workman blames his tools.Delete
Chiming with Rachel. Sharpen thy tools. On the bright side, Cro: If the above is all that annoys you this minute, and it's only 2 Jan, take it from me: The new year can only get worse.Delete
How does the philosopher say? Don't sweat the small stuff. Or get an editor. No, one better, why not indulge YP by letting him correct your "mistakes". He loves little better. Ask John. Luckily, in his case, it's all off John's back.
The tools are my disobedient fingers, and yes; I do blame them. Whether or not I'm a bad workman is for others to decide; I'm certainly not Mr Perfect.Delete
I am staggered beyond belief that an educated man can blame the keyboard for his typing mistakes. Learn to touch type properly and get it right.Delete
The tool is your laptop, not your fingers, or do you not understand the expression 'a bad workman blames his tools'? You shock me.Delete
It's not even 9-o-clock, and you sound as if you're in a judgemental mood already. This is just a bit of FUN. No need to be shocked!Delete
You asked for it.Delete
Your first response to me made no mention of it being a bit of fun. You were serious then.Delete
I'm hardly ever serious.Delete
I hit that caps lock button all the damn time. I've usually written a line or two by the time I realise . Maddening.ReplyDelete
It's the phone keyboard that makes the most mistakes. I hit the top line with its stupid word suggestions and end up with gibberish.
And then I hit the publish key too fast and the gibberish goes public.
Those phone keyboards are designed to drive us all nuts.Delete
Some times on double letters I hit the wrong key so lokk instead of look and bokk instead of book and then I go back and correct it. I also do the caps lock thing occasionally.ReplyDelete
Yup, that's another one of my annoying mistakes too.Delete
Hell Cro, I just would not know where to start with a list of all my typos when writing! Takes me far longer to edit them all than write the damn thing in the first place!ReplyDelete
Rather like those phones they make for the elderly, I think a bigger keyboard for those with 'fat fingers' might be the solution.Delete
My fingers are not fat! They are just short for their weight my good man...Delete
The solution is terribly old fashioned but it works. It is called proofreading. I must try this proffreading myself for whatever I write.ReplyDelete
In my case it's probably better that I DON'T proofread, that's when I find all my mistakes!Delete
I find my errors after I hit publish. The only suggestion I have is simply quit using capital letters. It worked alright for Archy.Delete
Happy New Year Cro to you, yours and of course Billy. I feel your relocation to 'blighty' is proving most enjoyable. I was touched that your R.I.P. post also mentioned the two children Star and Arthur, who, I'm sure, haunt many memories. Your kindness and compassion is always there in your blogs. Jan B.ReplyDelete
I think the whole nation was in mourning for those two children. I was lucky to have had a very pleasant childhood, and it really upsets me to think that there are 'parents' out there who do such things.Delete
It has just been announced their sentences are to be reviewed, too lenient. Thank goodness the sentencing appeal has been allowed.Delete
Just occasionally I would love to see a noose hanging outside The Old Bailey.Delete
Tis the tools. I am a fully trained touch typist. I learned to type with the letters and numbers blank so no looking at the keyboard. I started work in the days of manual typewriters and carbon copies producing complicated sets of accounts. Now the computer knows better than me and happily adds grammatical mistakes and changes words to make nonsense. As for the iPad it has reduced me to slowly stabbing at the keys with 2 fingers. Today we pay professionals an extortionate fee to slowly type out their own shoddy documents when someone like me could do a good job in less than half the time for quarter of the money.ReplyDelete
Hi Jenny, I'm a touch typist too, learned exactly the same way as you did, blank keyboard and all that. I went to evening classes for it. I wonder why they don't still teach it at school, since everything is done on computers these days?Delete
I would count myself as a 'reasonable typist', and quite fast, but I do need the keyboard to be well lit, so that I can see what I'm doing.Delete
Well all I can say is (I too like Jenny am a trained touch typist) add the shake to that equation and you will see how some days I have to go over and over my replies to make them readable.ReplyDelete
Luckily I still have a steady hand, yet continue to make mistakes. I'm a two finger typist, but quite fast.Delete
Then you are not lifting one finger off the shift fast enough - before you hit the second letter of the word.Delete
Yes, but the problem is 'How does one remedy that?'. When one types quite quickly it seems almost inevitable.Delete
Pace v. speed.Delete
Solution: Employ a typist. Lady Magnon would be a good candidate. Then you could stroll around the drawing room dictating each new blogpost in your velvet smoking jacket and tasselled thinking cap.ReplyDelete
If I asked Lady M to type for me, I'm pretty sure I'd receive the classic two word answer. However, I do have the cap!Delete
It pains me to see all these two fingered typists, my husband included!ReplyDelete
Too late to change now... two fingers it is!Delete
In more ways than one.Delete
It makes me want to cry, two fingered typists staring at the keyboard, males and females, stabbing at the keys. No wonder this country is in a state of ruin.ReplyDelete
The country is in a 'state of ruin' because of the price of Beer and Marmite, not because of two-finger typists like myself.Delete
No, not old codgers like you, you no longer count.Delete
Possibly you could add a separate larger keyboard, linked by usb?ReplyDelete
I tend to move the laptop around quite a bit. I'm not sure if that would be practical.Delete
Try adjusting the keyboard sensitivity.ReplyDelete
I didn't know one could!Delete
Type keyboard into the search box in the start menu.Delete
When you type a capital letter, train yourself to pause for a micro second as you hold breath, then let go the next finger on keyboard. Your double dipping capital letter glitch should escape through that tiny hesitation. If you revert back to double caps, then probably you just need rest. Try again after a nap. Good luckReplyDelete
Oh...hold breath only for that micro secondDelete
Yours, I think, is the only solution. Patience and awareness. I shall make that my new year resolution. I have no reason to type so quickly.Delete
Have you considered voice recognition technology?ReplyDelete
Speaking text into any text field is faster than typing. This would eliminate typing.
I can see the practical appeal, but I do actually enjoy typing. I have promised myself to be patient.Delete
I am also a two fingered typist although sometimes a couple of extra fingers get into the act which I guess is progress of some sort. I often hit the caps lock button too and look up to see everything in caps except the letters that are supposed to be capitals.ReplyDelete
When I was in high school, our classes were divided into "general" education and "commercial" education, for those who wanted to be secretaries or business managers I suppose, so only the "commercial" set had typing and shorthand lessons. I was in the "general" set because I knew I never wanted to be working in an office.