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Tech Bytes - The-end-for-the-telegraph-has-come. Stop.


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists



The telegraph; it has served as a worldwide communication platform decades ago, sending messages with its dot/dash combinations that proved to be the most innovative technology at the time. What is most likely considered a primitive device to many people compared to today’s smartphone, the telegraph just added some more to its chapter in history books as the last telegram was sent on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Although telegraph usage has been outdated in the United States for years, those in the country of India have utilized it up until Sunday. According to NBC News India’s telegraph industry peaked in the mid-1980s when the country had 45,000 telegraph offices within its borders, supplying jobs to tens of thousands of workers and sending up to 600,000 telegraphs per day.

However, after the introduction of cell phones and other mobile devices, text messaging services have rained on the telegraph lines. After at least seven years of revenue losses, the Indian government, which for the most part regulated telegraph stations, has decided that the end of the era of the telegram has arrived.

Created by Samuel Morse, the well-known name for his invention of the Morse code, convinced Congress to spend $30,000 to supply electrical wires for 41 miles from Washington to Baltimore. By 1844, Morse had used his code to send the message, “What hath God wrought.” And hence, the use of the telegraph was dawned as a significant method of real-time communication.

Only four years later American investors and promoters collected enough money to fund the construction of a system that linked the most populous areas of the United States. And, by the year 1866 a telegraph cable had been laid at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean connecting North America with Europe, allowing for international communication within minutes.

Far from what we have at our finger tips’ exposure today, the telegraph paved the way for how we get messages from Point A to Point B. Stop.

Postcards from the Windy City - A Taste of Chicago

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week I went to Chicago. I felt very hip, very urban as I boarded the Metra commuter train and headed downtown to meet a friend. Our destination? Taste of Chicago, an outdoor food festival which ChooseChicago.com promises is ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Printing in 3-D

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Printing in 3-D Today we can watch movies in 3-D, we can buy three dimensional television services, we can even buy 3-D, real life greeting cards, but what if we could print in three dimensions in our own home office? Well, to no surprise, you actu ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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I grew up in the “Ice Cream Capitol” of the world, Preston, Minnesota! In 1958 at the age of 10, I really believed that. Naturally naïve and not well-traveled, I was impressed with all the places that sold ice cream and the variety of frozen ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Three is for Thrifting

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Dear Readers, I don’t mean any slight on Minnesota nice in what I am about to say. I will be the first to tell you that I get along just fine with a society of “courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered” people (in the words of Wikipedia). I l ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - July 8, 2013

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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A Tale of Blackberry Jam Blackberry season is coming soon! Every summer I go out picking, or at least buy pints of the wild growing ‘blackcaps’ at a local farmer’s market. Their sweet-tart taste reminds me of hot summer days spent roaming the ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Dear Readers, This week’s postcard comes to you courtesy of the magazine where I’m interning. In the past three weeks, I’ve helped update their news blog, drafted an article for their website, attended ..... 
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Tech Bytes - PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts The average person has to remember more than ten passwords or PIN numbers for various login information. That’s ten more items to keep fresh in our minds when we struggle to remember to pay some of our bills, forget ..... 
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Leadership: Democracy’s Essential Ingredient

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
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By Lee Hamilton For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves are groaning with them. They contain a lot of good and helpful ideas. There are proposals ..... 
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