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January 27, 2013

"The Crazy Keyboards of Yesteryear"

A look at some of the history of the "sewing machine of thought".


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david foster

IIRC, Samuel Morse originally was going to base the telegraph of templates of dot-dash patterns that would be assembled...much like type for printing...and then pushed through the transmitter to actually send the signal. At the other end, a device would record streaks of ink of moving paper for later decoding.

It was only later that he realized humans could actually learn the code well enough to dispense with the templates on the sending end and the inker device on the receiving end.

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