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QuickHare
46137.  Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:43 pm Reply with quote

Here's some interesting facts and history about dictaphones. Feel free to comment as much as you like.

The term Dictaphone is very much like Hoover to describe a vacuum cleaner. A dictaphone is actually a make of sound recorder in 1907. It was produced by a company called Columbia Graphophone Company, based on the idea and principals of the phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison, who gave us a light bulb. He invented many creations, but the light bulb was never his. His company's workers created the light bulb, but failed to get it quite right, so Edison improved upon it. Nevertheless, he held a whopping 1093 patent designs in the US, the most anyone has ever had in their name.

But his first idea with a dictaphone was to record voice, not music.

 
djgordy
46149.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:44 am Reply with quote

From the Old Jokes' Home:

"May I use your Dictaphone?"

"No, use your finger like everybody else."

 
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46238.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:14 am Reply with quote

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samivel
46251.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:44 am Reply with quote

If the 76-year-old inventor of the Dictaphone died in 1996, how can it have been available in 1907?

 
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46255.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:50 am Reply with quote

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Tas
46257.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:55 am Reply with quote

Maybe he invented the first portable one? i.e. what people generally associate with the word 'dictaphone'?


:-)

Tas

 
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46261.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:57 am Reply with quote

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QuickHare
46420.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:33 pm Reply with quote

None of them do, to a point. Like mobile phones. They were never seen to be a text messaging machine. It wasn't until one company found people used the text messages a fair bit to make it part of the service and build it into their phone as one of the main features.

Until then, talk was a primary use. Now talk and text go hand in hand, and now Java games are seen as gimmicks.

 
QuickHare
46423.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Oh, and what's Quite Interesting is that according to Wikipedia, "Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device for recording sound, in 1877".

Quote:
Daily Telegraph, 3 February 1996:

Quote:
Inventor, 76, dies in glider crash
The inventor of the dictaphone, Victor Stuzzi, has died in a glider crash at the age of 76.
His pet dog was also killed when his glider nose-dived into a field in Bad Voeslau, Lower Austria.


1877 is 119yrs before the Daily Telegraph's dictaphone inventor died. He was either 119yrs or -43yrs old.

 
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46495.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:22 am Reply with quote

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eggshaped
46561.  Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:34 pm Reply with quote

Sorry that I can't let this go, but purely in the interests of pedantry, this:

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Edison [...] held a whopping 1093 patent designs in the US, the most anyone has ever had in their name


Is patently false. Donald Weder is the record holder, as mentioned here:post 14516

 

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