History of Typing

I have always done my own typing. I used to type daily newspaper columns, daily online devotions, and radio devotions. I have always typed my own papers for school and seminary. I type the Rushmore Report and my weekly blogs on churchmadebetter.com. I type for revivalinourtimes.com. When writing articles for desperate publishers, I type my own work. I am typing right now. I enjoy typing.

For me, it goes back to the eighth grade, when my mother insisted that I learn to type. We used something called a manual typewriter back then. Most of you also know how to type. But have you ever pondered the reasoning behind the placement of the keys? Why does one row read, “QWERTYUIOP[]\”? How does that make any sense? The answer is simple.

Keys on the machines of the 1800s jammed if the typist was too fast. So they placed the most common letters in the most difficult places. Then, about 40 years ago, a keyboard called the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard was developed. It rearranged the letters into an easier to use pattern. Tests showed typists increased their speeds rapidly, once adjusting to the new keyboard. But it never caught on.

To this day, we continue to use the outdated keyboard of ancient days, for one reason only. Nobody likes change, unless it jingles. The disciples disliked change as much as anyone. They couldn’t imagine Jesus leaving them. But even that change was to be a good one.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7).

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