Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two More Little Things

As I sit listening to old vinyl, reading online articles, husband working nearby (the only reason I would be listening to old vinyl), I was particularly amused by this little thing.  According to a bulleted item in today’s Jewish World Review, on this day in 1877, “Thomas A. Edison completed his first phonograph. The famed inventor provided John Kreusi with instructions on how to build the machine. Kreusi bet the inventor $2, predicting the machine would never work.”
Admittedly, after 133 years, we are transferring the phonograph records onto CDs.
Also today, but in 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine. Aaah, but was he really the inventor?  Read more about the sewing machines wars, “patent trolls,” and property rights, here.

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