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Keep in Mind the Morse Code Revival #

by why in inspect

I guess the Morse v. SMS wars are escalating! Screenshot to your left (my right) is a new app for Nokia Series 60 phones which lets you tap in Morse in lieu of T9 or full keying of SMS messages. So does this mean Nokia will make good on their Morse Code-generating cellphone patent?

If you have yet to learn, Ward Cunningham has an instructor tool. Just remember that netspeak and morsespeak are totally different dialects. HIHI is laughter. PSE is please. If you drop a ROFL, I can assure you that visors will flip.

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said on 02 Jun 2005 at 11:28

If I have to get a mobile phone then I’d prefer to text with a built in iambic keyer than with the buttons. It would need proper paddles, though.

said on 02 Jun 2005 at 12:08

If I have to get a mobile phone then I’d prefer to text with a built in ia

said on 02 Jun 2005 at 12:10

Interesting. The beauty of this is it could also be “read” easily by a program which would allow the message to be understood without needing to even look at it on the phone (if the person knows Morse.) Or it could be translated into ascii, allowing people who don’t know Morse to understand it.

Hmmm, those would be interesting little problems to code up in Ruby…

said on 02 Jun 2005 at 12:26


Oh well, that’s all I remember.

said on 02 Jun 2005 at 15:03

MrCode: morse to ASCII translation is already done at the sending end in this case.

Converting ASCII SM Ses to auditory Morse at the receiving end would be incredibly useful though.

said on 02 Jun 2005 at 16:38

Mike Hall has a Morse package for Ruby out there:


said on 02 Jun 2005 at 17:21


said on 02 Jun 2005 at 22:45

MenTaLguY: I did some more research and apparently they are talking about using Morse as way to read SMSes (last paragraph under “History of Morse code”.)

That would be cool to get a message from a vibrating phone in your pocket. The only trick is learning Morse code (not all of us were in the military or do ham radio.)

Thanks for the Ruby Morse library link Daniel. I did quickly code up the text to Morse converter though (it was dead easy.)

said on 15 Jun 2005 at 01:04


said on 20 Sep 2005 at 21:54

I would like to propose a theory:

There is something seriously wrong with Ruby programmers.

Several of my friends started posting blog entries which consisted entirely of:

.... ... ......

This, of course, degenerated quickly into a thread carried on in Morse code. Which made me consider that perhaps Ruby should have a Morse code module to facilitate such communication. Which I then quickly wrote. Then I considered the fact that it was entirely possible that someone else might have already written a morse code library. Surely not, but maybe, just maybe says I.

And thus, Google, in its googly wisdom, brought me hither.

And so I humbly submit to you: We’re wierd.

said on 05 Nov 2005 at 16:42


said on 28 Nov 2005 at 14:53


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