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Quirky Qwerty: The Story of the Keyboard @ Your Fingertips

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The story of the keyboard begins with ancient hieroglyphs and reaches to the very recent, committee-designed Euro symbol. This text tells the story of each character on the computer keyboard, as well as the multitude of additional marks that cannot be found on the keys but can still be typed by anyone using a computer. Drwaings, poems and notes are used to tell where the k ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by University of New South Wales Press
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I enjoyed learning a bit of the history of each letter. There was some history of the typewriter as a general overview at the beginning but not as in depth as I thought it would be for a book claiming to be the "Biography of the Typewriter". All in all I did enjoy this book. It can be a quick on sitting read, though I read only a segment at a time, drawing it out.
This bizarre little book was kind of disappointing. It was supposed to be the history of the Qwerty keyboard, but Mr. Lundmark covered that in about eight pages at the beginning and filled the rest with really tacky puns, worn out fontplay, common-knowledge trivia, and some Simple Wikipedia-basic history on each and every letter on the keyboard from Egyptian times to the present. Perhaps he shouldn't have claimed to be writing a history of the keyboard when his primary focus was on the alphabet ...more
This bizarrely structured and strangely written book features some interesting looks into the origin and evolution of capital and lower-case letters as well as puncutation marks. The section on the development of the typewriter is quite brief.
Very brief, and skirted far too close to the overly-glib type of humor I dislike. But it was okay.
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