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Author Topic: Websites Of A Steampunk World  (Read 752 times)
Rogue Ætherlord
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« on: March 02, 2015, 10:45:55 pm »

A bit of a spin off of the ''tv channel of a steampunk world'' thread dedicated to what would be found in the steampunk aetherweb.

I would say digital versions of most period publications such as Punch or any local newspapers.

And you ?

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 04:46:18 am »

I'd be more interested in knowing how you would implement web pages using pre-vacuum-tube technology.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2015, 06:55:54 am »

Maybe it could use Morse-net...Wink

There's still a lot of actual web sites out there. Any faves?

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 08:19:25 am »

I'd be more interested in knowing how you would implement web pages using pre-vacuum-tube technology.

Well.  They had a rudimentary knowledge of electricity and they had developed electrical cables.  If they had developed the concept of moving pictures, then they'd know that all they needed was to update a static frame 30 times per second, then one of this was outside of their capability.

What would be out of their capability is the digital computation aspect of it.  So what if instead of having computers you had a "live feed" Internet? With an IP address equivalent system more akin to the telephone numbers -you would mechanically dial the "IP" address, and on the other side you'd get a response, like having live "broadcasters" serving images text and sound over electrical wire? The Internet would be more akin to a closed-circuit Television/Telephone system that the Internet we know.

So we need a method to "encode" the information, even if it's an analogue method.  The first leap of faith that we can make is a mathematical one.  In the late 20th. C. we developed compression techniques (MPEG, MP3 and any other video/audio methods based on Discrete Fourier Transforms), as a result of poor computational performance and the need to transfer large amounts of information. But there is a second utility to compression techniques outside of simple data compression; these techniques also allow you to "encode" the information by transforming say a 2-dimensional static picture into a time dependent signal (like the electron beam in a television tube a time dependent signal tells you the brilliance of each point along a line - Fourier transforms give you the signal as function of time.  Technically all the theory Fourier transforms existed, except we would not use discrete transforms but fully analytical transforms for video and sound, implemented on analogue electric circuits.  With this you could encode "moving pictures" and why not? Use something akin to a cathode ray tube to display the information!  Sound and images could be moved about in this way.  I believe the concept of the ancient teletype was already extant in the 19th. C., so trasporting text "files" would not be that hard...

So imagine a device like a typewriter with a CRT screen and a rotary dial.  Naturally you’d have to "wind up" some electricity before dialling like in the old fashioned telephones.  Every now and then the link would be lost and you'd have to turn the crank again Grin

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