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323678.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:12 am Reply with quote

Don't know if it surprises anyone else, but the fax machine was invented in 1843, a good 30 years before the telephone.

The first fax machine was invented by Scottish mechanic and inventor Alexander Bain. In 1843, Alexander Bain received a British patent for “improvements in producing and regulating electric currents and improvements in timepieces and in electric printing and signal telegraphs”, in laymen's terms a fax machine.

Alexander Bain's fax machine transmitter scanned a flat metal surface using a stylus mounted on a pendulum. The stylus picked up images from the metal surface. An amateur clock maker, Alexander Bain combined parts from clock mechanisms together with telegraph machines to invent his fax machine.

The principle is pretty much the same today as it was then.

s: vns, including

323693.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:32 am Reply with quote

So when Gareth was asked if he actually knew Oscar Wilde, his reply that he didn't but he knew someone who could get his fax number (cf. Four Weddings & a Funeral) was essentially correct.

323699.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:38 am Reply with quote

Did we ever use the "first spam" factoid? post 20147

323719.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:09 am Reply with quote

No, don't think so. Looks as though we never really clarified what the story was - egg thought Cunard might have spammed potential cruiseship users.

323801.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:13 am Reply with quote

This might qualify as good gen ig...

888509.  Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:11 am Reply with quote

Some more details: post 865685


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