Perhaps we should all note the end of an era: 169 years after Samuel F.B. Morse sent those famous words, "What hath God wrought?" the last telegraph system has shut down. India's state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd. (BSNL) network closed on Monday. The electric telegraph has now been relegated to the history books.
In 1837, Samuel Morse, together with his assistant Alfred Vail and US physicist Joseph Henry, invented the single-wire telegraph. There were previous multi-wire telegraphs developed, but none proved commercially successful. Morse and Vail also developed the Morse Code during this period. The telegraph was first demonstrated publicly in 1844 when Morse and Vail demonstrated their improved telegraph system over a federally-funded line stretching from Washington to Baltimore. The first commercial telegraph line became operational just two years later. Two days after the line went live, the Pony Express was dissolved as obsolete as it just couldn't compete with the much quicker delivery time of the transcontinental telegraph.
It is a sad, but expected, end of the first technology that offered almost instant communications. All I can say is "di-di-di-dah-di-dah."