A real true history lesson: Before there were laptops, everyone had to carry entire desktop computers to class. Before there were desktops, they had to lug typewriters. Before that, everyone just tried real hard to remember stuff. Ask your grandparents!
heh. I had an English Lit professor in high school who insisted the computer would be the death of good literature, and that all good authors would continue to use typewriters.
He "forced" us to type papers on typewriters, if we didn't have one, there were always a few in the library. My classmates were always in there retyping an essay that had been printed from computer, on the typewriter. If the prof couldn't feel the text impacted into the paper (like the output from a laser printer), we got an 'F'.
At the time (16 years ago), my father worked for HP. One trip to his office and I had a nice HUGE daisy wheel printer to use. Ahh, good times.