As Ken MacLeod notes, “One of the major problems for writers is that the machine we use to write is connected to the biggest engine of distraction ever invented.”
But he suggests a mechanical alternative to our computers that might allow us to produce writing without any of the distractions of our computers (tweet feeds, updates from the Beijing streetscene, DC shenanigans, online poker, porn).
Something like this, if I read him correctly:
Remington No.5 Streamline Portable in Matte (1940s): This Remington portable from the 1940s continued the Streamline design with a few improvements. The streamline design exemplifies the values identified with modernity: mobility, speed, efficiency, luxury and hygiene. The sharp corners and transitions here are rounded off with everything given a sort of aerodynamic feel. (via mytypewriter.com.)