Mink Machine

Typing data by hand

I remember the old days when young people sat hooked in front of a TV screen manually copying a lot of assembly code from a printed listing in a magazine. Just imagine typing thousands of lines like “DATA 0E, 1F, 3C, 2D, 45, 2F, 63, 3A, 0F, 21, 54, 8F, FF, FE, 31, A0” and so on. I was one of them.

Fortunately both we and the industry grew older, wiser and lazier, so nowadays we just do a Ctrl-C from a googled web page to do in seconds what used to take hours. However, it seems that this overrated feature of typing stuff from a magazine seems to have survived in an altered form, just as your favorite alien, appearing all over again in all sorts of sequels.

I was thinking of those link pages in printed magazines, like “101 links for great info on whatever”, complete with line-breaking HTTP POST parameters and whatnot. Is there actually someone who types in all these addresses?

What would be the next thing that people enjoy typing in?

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