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Deirdre Blake
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Deirdre Blake,
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3/26/2013 | 3:37:00 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Alexander Graham Bell And Theodore Vail
Well, you could argue that Apple's engineers didn't really invent anything either, they just cribbed a bunch of cool tech from Xerox PARC -- it doesn't make the impact of the GUI or the mouse on the history of technology any less important simply because more people know Steve Jobs' name than Doug Engelbart's. But yeah, let's hear it for Reis -- and no doubt Tesla will get his own entry (rather than being a footnote to Edison).
moarsauce123
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3/25/2013 | 5:10:08 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Alexander Graham Bell And Theodore Vail
Bell didn't invent anything, if at all he improved the invention of Johann Philipp Reis. Reis even coined the term "telephone". How many more times does history get distorted? At least Bell understood the technology, unlike Edison who scammed Tesla for ideas and inventions. So yea, will be interesting to see if the Edison article is littered with myths, half-truths, and lies as well. And the first sentence send via telephone was "Das Pferd i+t keinen Gurkensalat!"
Deirdre Blake
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3/25/2013 | 3:53:37 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Alexander Graham Bell And Theodore Vail
I am loving this series; can't wait for Edison's entry!


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