During high school, William was introduced to a number of other computers.
This computer loaded and stored programs on casette tape, as seen in the picture. The language used in this computer was also a form of BASIC.
Knowing that typing was not one of his strengths, he took typing classes on some of the first electric typewriters.
At the time, the school had a prototype of a Word Processor, implemented as hardware. However, it too was in the typing department, and since the point of the course was to learn to type, the device seemed counterproductive.
Once general purpose personal computers began to introduce word processing software, this all changed.
Another fun tool that had just been introduced was a calculator.