Friday, September 29, 2006

Worthless Skill: 10-Key

I learned to 10-key during a summer internship back in college. For those of you unfamiliar with 10-key, count yourself lucky. 10-key is to numbers what touch typing is to words. Basically, it means I can type a bunch of numbers into a spreadsheet very quickly without looking at my fingers. I gained this ability during a summer internship doing a bunch of data entry for something like $3.65 an hour back in college. Anyhow, I'm in the middle of doing my expense report (which is one of the only times I use 10-key) and just happened to think back to how I learned to 10-key. I feel like one of those Price Club cashiers from the 80s and early 90s. Who was the genius who designed that process? One person calling out the UPC code while another punched it into the register? Seriously, why didn't they just use UPC guns?

And why the heck can't I just submit a corporate credit card statement as my expense form and call it a day?

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He who masters the 10 key and the slide rule will rule the world.
 
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