Monday, December 22, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Now to finish shoveling the roof off.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Swinger follow up

The Royal Swinger has been sold to Stephen King's son who is planning on giving it to his father. I think it's a fine gift since it combines two of Stephen King's main interests, writing and music. In case you didn't realize it, Stephen King is in the rock and roll group The Rockbottom Remainders along with fellow writers Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., and Ridley Pearson. Their motto is "Three chords and an attitude."

Friday, May 30, 2008

Here is a closeup of the label inside proudly proclaiming that it is capable of receiving the entire AM band. The radio works fine. I guess it was the forerunner of the boom boxes of the 70s and 80s.

It has a 7-transistor radio built into the carrying case.

Featured typewriter: A real Swinger from 1969

This is a Royal Swinger portable from 1969. It is a relatively colorful, (red, white, and blue,) manual portable typewriter with an interesting added feature.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I should mention...

In addition to fixing various computer and office equipment, I carry a wide variety of print cartridges for inkjet printers, laser printers, typewriters, and copiers in addition to paper for general office use as well as cash register and calculator rolls. Products supported include HP, Lexmark, Canon, Brother, Copystar, Sharp, Toshiba, and Smith Corona. With gasoline prices being as high as they are, ($3.75/gallon in Wolfeboro today,) that I am the only source for these products within a half-hour drive from town.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I have been playing guitar for many years and relatively recently was bitten by the mandolin bug. I like all kinds of music but here in New Hampshire the opportunity to play with others is usually confined to traditional Contra Dance music which generally consists of Irish, British, Scottish, and French Canadian fiddle tunes played by acoustic instruments such as fiddles of course, guitars, mandolins, banjos, penny whistles,button accordians, sometimes Uilleann Pipes; and lately in the group with which I play : a piccolo and a cello. I currently play an Eastman MD-605 A-style mandolin but hope someday to own a Gibson F4 (shown.) Hope springs eternal.

My first web post

I'm a total rookie at web design so I decided to learn by starting with a blog. So far, so good. I am hoping that eventually I will be able to design a functioning web site for my business which is primarily repairing computers, laser printers, inkjet printers, and copiers. I have a special interest as well in repairing and restoring to working condition typewriters of all ages. I like to keep the old beauties running. Here is an interesting early typewriter called a Mignon model 4. It has the original "point and click" user interface in that the user points to the letter desired and then the typing button, (the middle one,) is depressed. This rotates the printhead to the correct position and prints the letter on the paper. The other two keys are the spacebar and backspace. The German company AEG produced these from 1903 through 1933. The model 4 that I have dates to the late 20s I believe.