The last telegram

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Re: The last telegram

Postby DCB » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 pm

penquin wrote:That aside...back when I was a Boy Scout they kept trying to get us to learn Morse Code. Is it actually used for anything other than telegraphs? They never explained why we should learn it...just that we should.

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Re: The last telegram

Postby other i » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:20 pm

In Boy Scouts, we learned semaphore. Who ever typed up the master for the Mimeograph machine (which had only recently replaced the Ditto machine), mis-keyed and indicated that a certain flag position was for "end of world" rather than "end of word." We all retired to our tents thinking that, being the early Cold War, that was an important flag signal to know.

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Re: The last telegram

Postby Mad Howler » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:21 am

DCB wrote:
The world's last telegram message will be sent somewhere in India on July 14. ... gram.-Stop

I don't know if more surprised that telegrams still exist or sad that I never took the time to send on.

When do you suppose they'll turn off all the fax machines?

I saw this headline somewhere today, and I thought that's interesting.
I did not look at it.
Now, having looked, I have to say that the only thing that helps me with this story is DetrItus's comment.
So much old tech is embedded in the "new" tech.
Please be good, and keep your heads up.

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