Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
QWERTY...Do You Know What It Stands For?
posted by Ed Farber on October 19, 2015

It’s an odd word isn’t it? Actually it’s not a word at all, but if you use a computer keyboard you’ve seen it often.  Take a look at the first six keys on the line below the numbers. There it is: QWERTY, and it has a history that dates back to the earliest years of the typewriter.

The computer is a rather recent development, but its early predecessor, the typewriter, dates back to the 1860s in the U.S. The first practical typewriter was invented by Christopher Sholes. An associate, James Densmore, later solved a key-jamming problem by splitting up keys into commonly used groups. Thus QUERTY was born. Another associate was Carlos Glidden.

In the 1870s, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter came on the market but was not an instant success. When gunsmith Philo Remington (producer of  Remington rifles) joined the team and added his name to the marketing, the typewriter skyrocket in sales and retained its popularity until the computer age made it obsolete. But the keyboard remained. Like the one I am using now to write this blog.

Good old QUERTY. It has simplified the life of writers who used to “pen” books by hand (some still do but ultimately a typewritten manuscript must be produced.) What would we do without the computer and its keyboard? Of course, technology rarely stands still and QWERTY will someday be replaced by voice-activated computers and phones. It’s already begun, but don’t throw away your keyboard yet.



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