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Friday, June 14, 2013

Mixed Messages


Navy sinks ALL CAPS in favor of friendlier mixed case

reads the headline on the MSN article quoted on Military Photos dot net. Supposedly it's a cost cutting measure, not that anyone really believes that, but then the question comes up as to how the Navy got started using ALL CAPS in the first place. I blamed the teletype - they just didn't have lowercase letters. Then someone pops up with some Morse Code:

-- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / -.. --- . ... / -. --- - / .... .- ...- . / .-.. --- .-- . .-. -.-. .- ... . / .- .. -. .----. - / -. --- -... --- -.. -.-- / --. --- - / - .. -- . / ..-. --- .-. / - .... .- -

I kinda, sorta used to know Morse, an E was one dot, a T was one dash, but shoot, I've got this whiz bang computer here, I'll bet someone has written a translator, and sure enough they have. So I feed it the Morse and got back a translation (highlight to read):

MORSE CODE DOES NOT HAVE LOWERCASE AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT

Doh! That reminds me that back in the days when 300 baud was high speed, there used to be 5-bit character codes

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