The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Hipster typewriter is no Hermes 3000

I was reading the comments about the USB Typewriter when I came across this:

The Hemingwrite is a minimalist digital typewriter for distraction free writing composition. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with modern technology like an electronic paper screen and cloud backups to create the best possible writing experience. It is designed to do one thing only but do it exceptionally well. Since there is no email, Facebook, browser, or menus, you are able to stay in your creative groove and finally get your writing done!

Hemingwrite - Set your thoughts free

My first thought was, my god is that hideous looking. My second thought was, it's a larger TRS-80 Model 100 with a smaller screen, how is that even possible? My third thought was, people really need to be forced not to check GoogleMyFacePlusSpaceBook while they write?

Apparently so, and they're willing to pay for the limitations, oddly enough.

I don't know. I can see the appeal of not being distracted while writing, but personally, I'm more distracted by the ugliness of the design, and the small screen just doesn't appeal to me. But really, how hard is it to just disable the network? Or even take a pair of scissors to the Ethernet cable?

Or even, you know, use a pen?

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