#103 Before GPS, Smart Phones, and BIC Pens...
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sailingpilot
Registered: Mar 05, 2008
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... Navigation was done by stars. The sextant is from the turn of the (20th) century. It was my grandfather's - he was a navigator in the Italian merchants. Despite my screen name, I don't know how to use it.

... Text messaging was done by telegraph key and Morse code. The key is a WWII vintage J-38, and I still use it to send 'true digital', 'text messages'.

... The Fountain pen preceded the click and write ball point. While this Parker isn't exactly old, the technology that makes it work surely is. And yes, I use the pen.

Thanks for looking,

Gregg



oldrattler
Registered: Aug 04, 2009
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Nice representative view of obscure technology (Except maybe the pen) Good luck, Jim



sailingpilot
Registered: Mar 05, 2008
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Thanks Jim. It's amazing how far we've come in navigation and communication.



rotorwash4944
Registered: Jan 09, 2011
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Nicely composed!



44lefty
Registered: May 18, 2005
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the fountain pen is still the best writing instrument devised.

Larry



sailingpilot
Registered: Mar 05, 2008
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44lefty wrote:
the fountain pen is still the best writing instrument devised.

Larry



I agree - takes a little getting used to, but a fine instrument indeed.