Horrible experience. I went on a job and took my spare machine, SmartWriter. Well, it wouldn't turn on. At all. I called the local machine repair guy, he advised me to throw some C batts in there. With 15 minutes before start time, I ran to my car, paid $3 to get out of the garage and zoom to a local store to pay $14 for C batteries. Ran back. put them in the machine. Still dead. Turned on the manual switch and prepared to pound out a depo the old fashioned way, no computer, no disk, no electric-assist.
It was HORRIBLE, like typing on an old black 1930's typewriter. Of course it went about 100 pages, wish it would've been 50. Then I decided to re-write it instead of typing the whole thing. I still had my little Stenograph notebox from the '70's. Wish I would've had an electric note-puller, because I did something to my neck rewriting that dang thing.
So far for this job, I've been working on it all weekend. Then I had an audiotape, so I listened to the whole thing, proofed it again and now I'm finally going to correct it and get it the heck out of here. I figured it would give me some extra note-reading experience, but beyond that, I don't see a silver lining on this one.
Thank GOD for computers.