Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Endorsements: Me, Too

...Star made decent, affordable sidearms, though a Sistema Colt is even better; an MGB is a nice car if you enjoy doing routine maintenance and small repairs yourself and can stay ahead of the rust; Bajaj's Chetak is a good motorscooter, Remington and Corona made the best portable typewriters and Western Electric produced a darned fine telephone. When it comes to pens, Pelikan and Conklin are excellent but I still prefer a Parker Duofold, especially the "Lady Duofold," with a pendant loop (or chatelaine ring) on the cap. If you must have a word processer, PerfectWriter running on a Kaypro II or IV is faster, cleaner and more flexible than anything I have used since, though Q10 (freeware!) is the closest when it comes to staying out of one's way.

And -- despite the fact that original products I like best of those listed above are no longer made and in several cases, the company no longer exists -- the FTC can go irrrigate a rope.

(Thanks to Unk, Sebastian and others)
PS: Chatelaine.


Popgun said...

Wow! Another Kaypro fan! My first two computers were Kaypros.

Best keyboard I have ever used, bar none.


Roberta X said...

...I still hold that the IBM Electromatic/A/B/C has the best keyboard, but I'll rate the Kaypro a close second.

loki said...

The best keyboards I ever used were on IBM 3278 terminals. Since they're EBCDIC rather than ASCII they'd be useless on PCs, though.

Timmeehh said...

Here's a nice MGA for sale, only US$69,000.


Roberta X said...

MGA? Eeeee! ;)

'Bs show up semi-cheaply but the sad truth is there is one in the garage. If the economy had not tanked, it might be getting fixed by experts right now.

Timmeehh said...

Oh yes, the MGB can be had, fully restored, for only US$28,645.


Kinda makes ya glad your handy with tools, eh? Ya might have a goldmine in yer garage.

Chas S. Clifton said...

I had the Kaypro II and Perfect Writer -- wrote my master's thesis on it and edited an academic journal -- but I am not sure what you mean by "more flexible."

The disk was flexible, however.