Here it is, your moment of Zen. My friend Ben is a web developer (amongst other talents) and was clearly bored recently because he had the great idea to create a web-based typewriter.
You heard correctly; and hearing is important because it has sound effects too.
Go to Ben’s Super Realistic Typewriter Simulator (now known as OverType) using Chrome or Firefox. Safari has an as-yet-unresolved sound sync issue and I haven’t tried IE. I cannot overstate how incredibly (sadly) pleasurable this typewriter is.
You’ll start off in the centre of the top line of a piece of paper (by design, though I don’t know why). Type! When you get near the end of the line, you’ll hear the little bell. When you get to the end, you’ll start typing over your letters just like the real thing. Hit ENTER (or as we used to know it, “Carriage Return’) to go to the start of the next line.
Cursor keys work to move around the page, and it’s a two-color ribbon – hold ESCape and type to get the red text, but look out because sometimes the ribbon doesn’t always move all the way and your letter might have a hint of black on it. Don’t go too fast or the typewriter will get stuck! You can also decide how wonky (“broken”) the typewriter is by adjusting the slider at the top, and you can adjust how inky the ribbon is (and as you type, it slowly fades out).
Stupid? Yes. Well executed? Yes. Satisfying? More than you would probably believe. Highly recommended for a few minutes of relaxing fun.