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Un Télégraphe de Chappe

Un Télégraphe de Chappe
This is just so cool. I think I have a couple readers who admit to being technology nerds, or steam-punk enthusiasts. I’m not sure if this qualifies as steam-punk, because it might just be too authentic.
I’ve been listening to The Count of Monte Cristo through Craftlit. If you read this blog last August you might remember I said the same thing then. Yeah, at a chapter or two a week it is taking a long time to get through this book, but that’s okay. I’m learning more than I did the first time I read/listened to it.
In about chapter 61 or 62 the Count manages to convince (pay off) a telegraph operator to transmit a false message, which then causes someone he knows to sell some stocks at less than their value and lose money. The first time I read this book, I just assumed it was an electric telegraph that sent Morse Code. I was wrong, because this happened (fictionally) in 1838, which was before the electric telegraph came into use in France. Also in the book Mon…