Monday, April 02, 2012

Backwards To The Future

This might have merely been an elaborate April Fool's joke, but first, let's think about it for a moment.

The proposal being shown here, is to simplify the keyboard on smartphones, by reviving the use of Morse code. If you only have to type either a dot or a dash, you can send text messages with ease, even with adult sized figures. Of course, you would have to know Morse code, which even the Boy Scouts discontinued as part of their Scoutcraft training in the 1990s (I think). And yet, the prospect of a zombie apocalypse, or an overhead explosion by terrorists that knocks out our electronic devices and sends us back to the 18th century (or thereabouts), may give us cause to reconsider learning this complex system of dots and dashes.

And so, we turn to the only people who can save us, the nerds to end all nerds. That's right; amateur radio operators. They are a hearty lot, these purveyors of arcane and seemingly-increasingly useless knowledge. But do not count them out just yet.

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