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Google Announces The Return Of Morse Code
gCaptain ^ | 1 April 12 | gCaptain Staff

Posted on 04/01/2012 2:18:11 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY

The QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1874 and yet it is still used today, largely unchanged. What’s more, the keyboard doesn’t come close to the speed and effectiveness of a simple technology used on ships over a centry ago… morse code.

Today, April 1st, Google is introducing a new input method designed by the great-great grandson of Samuel F. B. Morse: Gmail Tap for Android and iOS. Gmail Tap takes the keyboard from 26 keys to just two. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a simple pattern of dots and dashes, and once you know them you can type without even looking at your screen. This makes it ideal for situations where you need to discreetly send emails, such as when you’re on a date or in a meeting with your boss. Watch the video to learn more:

(Excerpt) Read more at gcaptain.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
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1 posted on 04/01/2012 2:18:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

Is this another stupid google april fools thingy?


2 posted on 04/01/2012 2:22:50 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: GATOR NAVY

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http://www.onlineconversion.com/morse_code.htm


3 posted on 04/01/2012 2:28:05 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

- .... .. ... / .. ... / .- -. / .- .—. .-. .. .-.. / ..-. -— -— .-.. ... / .-— -— -.- . .-.-.-


4 posted on 04/01/2012 2:28:12 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Coming soon: Smoke Signals for Gmail. No hands needed, once you douse the phone with gasoline and light it on fire.


5 posted on 04/01/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
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"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


6 posted on 04/01/2012 2:33:40 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: GATOR NAVY
I think I missed a couple of breaks - I'm rusty as hell.

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats."

--H.L. Mencken, The Sage of Baltimore


7 posted on 04/01/2012 2:35:22 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: South40

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8 posted on 04/01/2012 2:37:12 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY
Okay...I know Google has done pretty good in the April Fools department in the past. This year they've outdone themselves: they have no less than FOUR April Fools pranks.

There's this, Gmail Tap. Then, there's the Multi-Tasking Mode for Chrome, where you can use 2 mouses (mice?) to get more stuff done faster. Thirdly, there's Google Maps 8-Bit for the NES.

Finally, on Google's front page today, there's a link for their "winning new partnership"...with NASCAR. Presenting... the self-driving NASCAR Race Vehicle!.

It's a load of laughs.

9 posted on 04/01/2012 2:42:46 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: samtheman

It has to be. Morse code is a lot slower than a qwerty keyboard.

Interesting though, qwerty was designed to slow typing down so the old mechanical typewriters would not jam.


10 posted on 04/01/2012 2:44:20 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

So today must be April 1st.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 2:49:44 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: cuban leaf
It has to be. Morse code is a lot slower than a qwerty keyboard.

Interesting.

On a side note, I think it was Jay Leno who had the worlds fastest texters VS Morse code ham operators, and all sent the same message.

The Morse code hams won the speed contest.

12 posted on 04/01/2012 2:56:04 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cuban leaf

I know I can type 100 words a minute. I remember reading that 35 wpm is high speed for a morse code operator.

But that’s with a standard keyboard, sitting at a computer. On an iPhone I’m not very fast at all, and I have to look at what I’m typing (unlike on the keyboard which I can look away from and even hold a short conversation while continuing to type, depending on what I’m typing about).

So for iPhone users, taking notes on the fly, maybe morse code is faster.


13 posted on 04/01/2012 2:58:23 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: EternalVigilance
Tomorrow Google will be announcing their new, state-of-the-art semaphore flag signaling system!

14 posted on 04/01/2012 3:04:51 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: dragnet2

Correct, it was on Leno.

And of course Morse can be done on every physical layer from a lighting circuit to microwaves bounced off the moon, whereas text messaging is only possible as long as you’re within range of a base station and all needed man-made infrastructure is in place and working.

But even when it is, it’s still slower because the Morse message is received in real time whereas texting is packet based and nothing even starts to be transmitted until the entire message has been entered.


15 posted on 04/01/2012 3:05:06 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: dragnet2

A good cw operator can do 60 wpm and at the same time carry on a conversation with someone setting beside them.

My absolute limit is 20 wpm that I had to do to gain my extra class license.

De W5HJ


16 posted on 04/01/2012 3:06:21 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: GATOR NAVY
Everyone needs to upgrade to the DVORAK keyboard. Check out the home row!


17 posted on 04/01/2012 3:06:49 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: cuban leaf

Actually - not true -when it is a thumb-sized keyboard! There was a competition between two ham operators and someone texting... the Hams won!


18 posted on 04/01/2012 3:07:17 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: fremont_steve

Should have read farther down - not Lettermen - Leno.. I stand corrected.


19 posted on 04/01/2012 3:08:38 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Studies have shown that people proficient on a QWERTY are just as fast as those on a DVORAK. No advantage.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 3:09:33 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: samtheman

That’s true, 35 wpm is pretty fast although by no means the fastest. But just to use it as a reference point for Morse, conversational speech in English runs at 100-120 words per minute. So a person can communicate in Morse about 1/4 to 1/3 the speed of normal speech. An average computer user types 25-40 wpm and professional typists run 50 to 80 wpm.

So your 100 wpm is pretty high, but Morse is a viable alternative unless absolute speech-speed communication is essential.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 3:10:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

“microwaves bounced off the moon”

I have witnessed my friend K5JL doing just that.


22 posted on 04/01/2012 3:10:44 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: samtheman

Good one for April fools but not foolish when Ham operators are among the few that can GET THROUGH.


23 posted on 04/01/2012 3:13:35 PM PDT by codder too
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The Semaphore Version of ‘Wuthering Heights’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91_jymgH8QY


24 posted on 04/01/2012 3:15:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: bigbob

Once back in the seventies when I was a two way radio tech we were setting levels in a phone line controlled remote repeater. Anyway I could not get the handset to work that I was communcating with the techs on the other end. I could hear them but they could not hear me.

There happened to be a tone oscillator in the repeater and the tech on the other end was a ham so I improvised and we finished the job with me using an alligator clip to tap out code.


25 posted on 04/01/2012 3:21:27 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Lazlo in PA

I remember “SOS” from my Boy Scout days, in the l-50s/e-60s.

***-—*** ***-—***

-** -— -— -*** -*— —**— -** -— -— -*** -*— —**— -** -— -— -— **—**


26 posted on 04/01/2012 3:25:04 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

di/dot or 1/0 is all binary


27 posted on 04/01/2012 3:28:15 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Viking2002

That’s slick.


28 posted on 04/01/2012 3:28:43 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Okieshooter

Remember solid state Morse “keyers” with qwerty keyboards, that did the brass pounding for you?

At the time (1960’s) they were for those who couldn’t handle a Vibroplex.

BTW, look up if you haven’t already `rotary gap’ transmitters of the pre-1920’s. I learned everything about the Marconi wireless device on the Titanic as a result.


29 posted on 04/01/2012 3:30:01 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: tophat9000

“di/dot or 1/0 is all binary”

Yep, when you think about it our internet communcations are using something very much like morse code.


30 posted on 04/01/2012 3:36:02 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: dragnet2

I find that incredibly hard to believe. For starters, an “O” is three long dashes. By the time you are done with those, a good texter could type a word while the morse operator has produced one letter.


31 posted on 04/01/2012 3:55:04 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: fremont_steve

—Actually - not true -when it is a thumb-sized keyboard! There was a competition between two ham operators and someone texting... the Hams won!—

OK, now that I look closer, I realize we’re not talking about a typewriter. We’re talking strictly handheld deives. I hate touch screens, so yeah, I suspect morse could be faster. For starters, there is only one button to push. You don’t have to keep checking.


32 posted on 04/01/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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33 posted on 04/01/2012 3:57:05 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: Okieshooter

Morse Code is relatively efficient, the most common letters have the shortest codes. But Morse differs from modern binary communications in that dit and daaah have different length (take more energy per signal). Modern codes use just as much energy to transmit a “1” as a “0”. Still, Morse Code (misnomer) still uses “dit” more frequently than “daaah” for just that reason, “E” (”.”) is shorter than “T”, (”-”).


34 posted on 04/01/2012 3:57:16 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: bigbob

You bet bob!


35 posted on 04/01/2012 3:59:35 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Oh man!! Thanks for posting the Morse Code. I went through the Army’s Radio Morse Code School in Ft. Ord 43 years ago. I got to where I could send and receive 27 words per minute. After AIT I never tapped another letter.

I was trying to read the previous posts in Morse code and I couldn’t believe that it was all Greek to me.

During AIT we were hammered with trying to learn Morse code and it got to the point that I was even dreaming in Morse code. I guess that was the good old days?


36 posted on 04/01/2012 4:07:15 PM PDT by nmrancher
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To: dragnet2

I was a Morse Intercept Operator for many years. Even though it’s been quite a few years since I plied my trade, but I’m sure I can still copy 30GPM, and that’s using a pencil or a mill. All I ever did was receive; never sent a dit or a dah in my life.


37 posted on 04/01/2012 4:07:59 PM PDT by Ax
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To: samtheman

35 WPM is moderate speed for a CW operator. It seems “fast” for those who still hear individual letters of Morse code. For those who always complained about needing to learn Morse code at all to get their ham license, it seems absurdly fast.

But for those who *like* CW (ham slang for Morse code), 35 WPM is a nice, middle-of-the road conversational speed.

Somewhere between 35 to 40 WPM, if a CW op pushes himself hard enough, his brain quits hearing letters and starts hearing entire words. After that, you’re able to hear CW at speeds over 40 WPM pretty quickly. At my fastest, I was able to copy 48 WPM. What limited my ability to go faster was that I was a piss-poor typist at that age.

After I reached this point of “hearing whole words,” it actually became difficult for me to listen to slow CW - say, under 18 WPM, again. My attention would wander while I was waiting for the next letter... next thing I knew, I’d missed letters here and there.

Since then, I’ve become a touch typist, but I’ve not been back on the air working CW as I used to, so I don’t know how fast I could really go.

Here’s a writeup on Teddy McElroy and his blazing CW record(s):

http://www.telegraph-office.com/pages/mcelroy.html

NB this typing speed — 150 WPM. That’s hauling right along.

The fastest guys I used to hear on 40 CW in the 70’s and 80’s were motoring along in the 55 WPM range. Most of them were still using “bugs” (Semi-automatic keys) and a few guys were starting to use iambic keyers (electronic boxes to make the dots/dashes).


38 posted on 04/01/2012 4:09:27 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: fremont_steve

I find DVORAK is much easier than QWERTY.


39 posted on 04/01/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: GATOR NAVY

I remember as kid, riding in silence in the rear of our blue Ford Country Squire station wagon while driving along San Diego Bay with my mom and dad. Was watching the flickering of a Aldis lamp (signal lamp) from a naval ship at dockside. My mom wondered out loud what a ship might be flashing at dockside. My Dad, started out in the Navy as a ship’s radio operator, replied without hesitation, “They want to know when their supplies are coming.”

Dad could type over a hundred words a minute (on a manual typewriter) and said while in port would bet secretaries that he could type the alphabet backwards faster than they could type in forwards...he always won.


40 posted on 04/01/2012 4:11:57 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: cuban leaf

“I find that incredibly hard to believe. For starters, an “O” is three long dashes. By the time you are done with those, a good texter could type a word while the morse operator has produced one letter.”

When morse is done properly at high speed you don’t here it as individual dots and dashes but more like music tones of dits and dahs. Each letter has a recognizable rhythm. Good operators hear the rhythm as complete words.

Usually musicians make the best code operators.


41 posted on 04/01/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Ax

Try sending over the air. CW is a kick. Ya never know who you’ll pickup, or where.

HF bands have lots of CW ops.


42 posted on 04/01/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Okieshooter
“di/dot or 1/0 is all binary” Yep, when you think about it our internet communcations are using something very much like morse code.

Actually it is a direct descendant ...Morse code evolved in to 5 bit teletype code...teletype code evolved in to 7 bit ASCII and 8 bit EBCDIC ...

Bottom line the first "two state"/binary electronic encoding for transmission/transport of data was Morse

And the Internet is just that a data transmission/transport system...

PC's process data ...the Internet is mass hi-speed transports of data for PC's to have something to process

43 posted on 04/01/2012 4:25:06 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’ve tried both. While I don’t find any speed advantage to Dvorak over QWERTY, I find that there’s less strain on my left hand.

The reason I don’t use Dvorak, tho, is that re-mapping the keyboard makes using Emacs nearly impossible. I don’t think of what letter I’m typing for a particular command in Emacs, I just know muscle patterns to do some editing function.


44 posted on 04/01/2012 4:25:16 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Okieshooter

Good operators hear the rhythm as complete words.

Usually musicians make the best code operators.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Also doesn’t hurt to be a little ‘whacko’....

I used to get into a ‘trance’ copying long grouped messages but was able to carry on a conversation while doing so.

I also did some encryption/decryption so I did have to be accurate when copying....

3 dits 4 dits 2 dits daaah
Radio Radio RAH RAH RAH

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs back
123456789 times.

I copied Morse for 20 years and it didn’t affect me a bit
Did it. Did it. Did it.


45 posted on 04/01/2012 4:25:27 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Woo Hoo!

I always wanted to learn Morse Code.

And And Happy April Fool's Day to you too, Google.

46 posted on 04/01/2012 4:33:22 PM PDT by Publius6961 (It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep. - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: GATOR NAVY

REAL telegraphy uses clicks and clacks, not beeps. And yes, REAL telegraphers use the American Morse code, not the International code.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSqRSNQwDwg


47 posted on 04/01/2012 4:40:38 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Learning Morse was what I hated most in my training. The RAN expected all officers to be competent with it and there were certainly times when it came in handy and I did use it. But it took a lot longer than most of our other components for me to reach competency.

Everybody is using custom tones now but a few years ago, it used to really impress my students when I pointed out that every time they got a text message on their phones (they all seemed to have the same phone) the beeping said “SMS” in Morse. They thought that was really cool - that it wasn’t just a random beep.


48 posted on 04/01/2012 4:41:24 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: xrmusn

I just had a block against above 20 wpm. I could copy in my head faster, but could not remember what I copied, so I had to write it down and 20 wpm was as fast as I could write. Of course I could send faster since I knew where I was going.

The way I built my speed for the extra class test was lots of on the air qso’s. Lots more fun than listening to code tapes.

Typing was out because I was never able to type and copy at the same time.


49 posted on 04/01/2012 4:42:42 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Okieshooter

Typing was out because I was never able to type and copy at the same time.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
The Navy required one to copy on a mill.
The Army and Marines basically by stick — I guess its bad enough lugging all the important gear (weapons, ammo etc) in and to the field, and not much room for typewriter and not many ‘level places to put it’.

I was fortunate that I took typing in HS (not exactly a guy ‘thing’ in 1955) but oddly enough ‘they’ (instructors) would rather you couldn’t type or not very well at the least.

I went to CT”R” School (Intercept operators) and ended up as RM in the Fleet with a Speed Key license (CNFJ 5-61)


50 posted on 04/01/2012 4:57:17 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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