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04-27-2009, 11:40 AM
I guess many many here, had been benefiting from the telegraph service.

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse, ca. 1845
Born April 27, 1791(1791-04-27)
Charlestown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown,_Massachusetts), Massachusetts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts) Died April 2, 1872 (aged 80)
5 West 22nd Street, New York City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City), New York (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York) Occupation Painter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painting), and Inventor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventor) Known for Morse code (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code) Spouse(s) Lucretia Pickering Walker and Sarah Elizabeth Griswold

Paul Pless
04-27-2009, 11:48 AM
google's shout out...


04-27-2009, 11:59 AM
Inventor...did the Morse Code?....not only no but Hell No!
His code was unworkable. The Morse code as we know it today as the International Morse code was developed solely by Alfred Vail, co-inventor of the telegraph..

04-27-2009, 12:16 PM
There are controversies about many inventors.

George Roberts
04-27-2009, 01:01 PM
Was Babbage was the Morse of computers?

Hard to tell what part of a large idea is important.

04-27-2009, 01:07 PM
Absolutely, Syed....
Marconi is credited with the wireless...but it was patented before the American Civil War (Also known as the war of Northern Aggression) by a dentist named Alfred Loomis, but the American government wouldn't fund it as they thought that it had no practical use. Marconi's company paid royalties to Loomis family for a very long time.

Edison didn't invent motion pictures, and in fact had nothing to do with it. It was invented solely by an African American gentleman, but the times were such that Edison convinced him that he would never be able to sell his invention, so he licensed it, and part of the deal was that the man nor his family would reveal the true designer for 40 years.....history is full of it.

Keith Wilson
04-27-2009, 02:13 PM
The code wasn't all that important, but the first speed-of-light communication sure was. It was the first step in the process that now allows us to discuss more or less trivial things in real time with folks in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Lahore.

A bit of Victorian poetry - but he understood what was going on.

The Deep-Sea Cables
Rudyard Kipling (about 1890)

The wrecks dissolve above us; their dust drops down from afar --
Down to the dark, to the utter dark, where the blind white sea-snakes are.
There is no sound, no echo of sound, in the deserts of the deep,
Or the great gray level plains of ooze where the shell-burred cables creep.

Here in the womb of the world -- here on the tie-ribs of earth
Words, and the words of men, flicker and flutter and beat --
Warning, sorrow and gain, salutation and mirth --
For a Power troubles the Still that has neither voice nor feet.

They have wakened the timeless Things; they have killed their father Time;
Joining hands in the gloom, a league from the last of the sun.
Hush! Men talk to-day o'er the waste of the ultimate slime,
And a new Word runs between: whispering, "Let us be one!"

04-27-2009, 02:41 PM
My association with telegrams: as a kid in highschool, delivered telegrams on a bicycle in downtown Brooklyn NY.Covered the area from the Brooklyn Bridge to Red Hook.Couldn't do it now unless one was in an APC.Remember delivering a few from the War Dept.Tough duty for a 16 year old...

Bob Cleek
04-27-2009, 03:13 PM
Reminds me that July 12, 1999, is the historic date upon which the commercial use of International Morse Code died forever. The last operating station was just a few miles west of me out on Point Reyes. RCA closed their station down, preceded years earlier by Globe Wireless, Western Union International, and ITT World Communications, where I once worked. Back in the ancient times before communication satellites, fibre optics and the internet, telegrams, telex, and teletype were as good as it got. And, yes, Virginia, EVERYTHING that left the US back in those days took a detour through the NSA, but that is a story for another time, children.


04-27-2009, 07:22 PM
Not Everything, Bob......We had that conversation nearly 30 years ago......when I designed my first "stealth" frequency hopping amateur radio.....NSA or the military couldn't catch it.

04-28-2009, 09:35 AM
Frequency hopping transmissions ...
a very , very very FINE notion , indeed !

04-28-2009, 11:24 AM
yup..started at 16 hops per second...within a couple of months had doubled the speed, by the end of the year more than 100 hops per second...sold a bunch to DEA and several other alphabet folks.....about the size of a panatella cigar box, 25 watts of power, and like sitting on the other end of the telephone.....about two years later they had developed the technology to track the code generator so I design a direct sequence unit.....4 years later they were still trying to catch it.....they bought enough of my stuff to keep me off the streets while they learned how to find it.