The TRS Model is a portable computer introduced in It was one of the first notebook-style computers, featuring a keyboard and liquid crystal display, in a battery-powered package roughly the size and shape of a notepad or large book. It was made by Kyocera, and originally sold in Japan as the Kyotronic Although a slow seller for Kyocera, the rights to the machine were purchased by Tandy Corporation.
To buy some stuff for the writer in your life! What if we stopped thinking with our dumb brains and our wretched hearts and started thinking with our wallets?
Freewrite This is the Freewrite, which is really nothing more than an electronic typewriter that wirelessly sends your work to Google Drive, Evernote, or wherever. The idea being that you can write without distraction.
Call me a hipster asshole. I think this thing is kind of cool. The Freewrite formerly Hemingwrite gets a lot of hate, but it occurs to me that this is, in essence, a Kindle for writers as opposed to readers. All the things we like about Kindle, but put into a device for creation as opposed to consumption.
Everything about this makes sense. Except for the price. This is the Alphasmart Neo. Which is basically the same thing as the Freewrite except it has a USB cable instead of a wireless connection.
Standing Desk This is the Varidesk. Standing desks are the new-old thing. If I could afford that, I could just afford to work a little less, stand a little more, and buy some human growth hormone.
Plus, who wants to have this thing in their house? It looks like something made by NordicTrack. Buy a tall chair or adjustable stool. For the price of some plastic and a tall chair, your writer can stand when they want and sit when they want.
And lucky you, their life will be extended and you can enjoy their curmudgeon ass for a couple extra years. For a couple of tens of thousands of dollars in land and building costs, you could have it.
The Alternative Former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser wrote a lot of his early works in a large cardboard box he found in the alley near his home. I looked for large-ish cardboard boxes online.
Now, hear me out.
I know this thing is not attractive. But it does provide some needed privacy. It does add that small barrier, unzipping the door and stepping out. It does allow for a writer in a studio apartment to have a room of their own.
Writing Retreat Yes, a room to write, a bunch of people to write with. Usually nestled in an idyllic setting. What better gift could you give your writer friend?
For a thousand bucks? The Alternative What about helping your writer friend create a submission for a residency?
For example, this one is cost-free.But an Ipad is a multitasker, the hemingwrite is not. You should really try the alphasmart first. I picked a up when someone mentioned it on this thread, delivered to Canada for under thirty bucks.
I love the Hemingwrite idea also, but I don’t have an extra $ to spend. I have a Kindle keyboard, a Nook Simple Touch (and a Raspberry pi) and I have tried different methods, including the Kindleberry Pi and Nook with a keyboard.. I like Nook better, I must say.
Oct 22, · The Hemingwrite — described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" — should bother me. It's not just the pretentious yet bland reference to the Young Male Writer's favorite.
Astrohaus is raising funds for Hemingwrite - A Distraction Free Digital Typewriter on Kickstarter! The Hemingwrite is a distraction free writing tool with modern technology like a mechanical keyboard, e-paper screen and cloud backups. Dec 11, · In short, before you commit to the fancy new Hemingwrite, consider the alternatives.
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