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The last telegram

Postby DCB » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:56 am

The world's last telegram message will be sent somewhere in India on July 14.

http://m.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South ... 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?
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Michael Patrick » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 am

Funny that you mention faxes...

I was looking at the sig file for my work email the other day, and I was tempted to remove the fax number. I can't remember the last time I received a fax. I'm not even sure I know where the fax machine that is tied to that number is located these days, they consolidated them a few years ago and we no longer have one in our area.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Galoot » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:35 am

That's a rather confusing article. At one point it says the Indian telegraph company is 160 years old, but later it says that the first telegraph was sent by Morse 144 years ago. It is the latter claim that is the wrong one. Right? Stop.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:02 am

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


I still work with businesses that ask for faxes or send me faxed invoices. I don't use it often, but I would say at least once or twice a month.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:07 am

Pharmacies and doctor's offices use faxes constantly for prescription renewals. I don't see that going away.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:43 am

Galoot wrote:At one point it says the Indian telegraph company is 160 years old, but later it says that the first telegraph was sent by Morse 144 years ago. It is the latter claim that is the wrong one. Right? Stop.


From what it appears, the first telegraph was sent in India about 160 years ago, yet the first one sent in the US was 144 years ago. Morse didn't invent the telegraph, but he contributed to the system based on European telegraphs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Morse

Ha, fun little history lesson this has been for me.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Sandi » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:00 pm

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


Fax and Telegraph are apples and oranges.

Fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax, is the telephonic transmission of scanned printed material (both text and images), normally to a telephone number connected to a printer or other output device.

Telegraphy (from Greek: tele τῆλε "at a distance", and graphein γράφειν "to write") is the long-distance transmission of messages without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message. Thus semaphore is a method of telegraphy whereas pigeon post is not.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby fisticuffs » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:06 pm

Sandi wrote:
DCB wrote:When do you suppose they'll turn off all the fax machines?


Fax and Telegraph are apples and oranges.

Fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax, is the telephonic transmission of scanned printed material (both text and images), normally to a telephone number connected to a printer or other output device.

Telegraphy (from Greek: tele τῆλε "at a distance", and graphein γράφειν "to write") is the long-distance transmission of messages without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message. Thus semaphore is a method of telegraphy whereas pigeon post is not.


No shit.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby green union terrace chair » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:47 pm

Fact: I post to TDPF via Telex.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Galoot » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:13 pm

Thanks, Stebben! That does clear it up.

Me, I post to TDPF by shouting modem noises into a rotary dial telephone.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby grumpybear » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:37 pm

I have a friend here in Madison who still uses a rotary phone. I suppose, if it still works, why change.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:42 pm

I had a fun job delivering telegrams (late '70s) NW suburbs of Chicago. I enjoyed zipping around in my little stick Fiat, meeting interesting people and seeing some interesting places.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:44 pm

We have a rotary phone at work. We've had students who didn't know how to use it.
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Re: The last telegram

Postby penquin » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:06 pm

fisticuffs wrote:No shit.


Psst....remember when you asked for people to show you examples of trollish behavior you've been accused of? Hereyago. Please note: I ain't saying it is the worse thing on the board, but well...uhm...*shrug*

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 Detritus » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:19 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.

Knowledge of Morse Code used to be required to get a radio operator license. I assume it still is, but I don't know for sure. In the early days of wireless networking (hello, NCR WaveLAN boards!), the FCC required a radio operator license to run a wireless network, which meant a bunch of my co-workers cramming Morse Code for the test. And complaining about it.
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