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Jack Campin Tech: How Fakebook follows you around (29) RE: Tech: How Fakebook follows you around 04 Nov 20


Origins of the mechanical telephone exchange:

Strowger, an undertaker, was motivated to invent an automatic telephone exchange after having difficulties with the local telephone operators, one of whom was the wife of a competitor. He was said to be convinced that she, as one of the manual telephone exchange operators, was sending calls "to the undertaker" to her husband.

(Wikipedia, but a familiar story from way back).


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