Unless there was a pending crisis of major proportions, telephone messages remained unanswered and promises unfulfilled.
Duplex telegraphy consists in the simultaneous transmission of two messages, one in each direction, over the same wire.
That would average over three SMS messages per day per person on the planet.
But I have since learned that trade curses everything it handles; and though you trade in messages from heaven, the whole curse of trade attaches to the business.
He said nothing as he responded to the messages on his screen.
His phone dinged, and he looked down at one of the zillion text messages he received from any number of his Guardians every day.
I'm having some problems with messages being intercepted after they leave the planet.
There was something odd about sending out messages that didn't go through normal channels.
She listened to the next two messages, also from Laurie, and all but dropped the phone.
Jessi eyed the phone, realizing there were five voice messages already this morning, along with a few texts.
Etymologically the word implies that the messages are written, but its earliest use was of appliances that depended on visual signals, such as the semaphore or optical telegraph of Claude Chappe.
There were a half dozen messages from both Julie and Howie from California but in view of our frenzied day, decided to let them simmer until after a much relished glass or two of wine and Molly's carefully grilled hot dogs and cheese bread.
Lana programmed her micro quickly to mirror the messages and set it to work decrypting the encoding.
She checked the comms from the mountain and fed the decrypted messages back into the computer.
Everything looked quiet, until she checked her micro again and saw that the decryption program had begun popping up the messages that had been repressed in the comms system.
There were messages from Mr. Tim mixed in with messages from General Greene.
She glanced up at the screen, feeling uneasy about reading messages the dead man had sent.
To her relief, nothing appeared too off with his messages, except the encryption.
General Greene's messages, however, made her sick to her stomach.
She stared for a long moment at the net code indicating that the receiver of the general's messages was located in the West Control Center.
Everything—the net call that brought her to the Peak, the encrypted messages she'd read, Brady's protection—had fallen into place.
Arnie found out about Greene and sent out a few messages to the Peace Command Center to warn people.
The messages and information she'd discovered had been forwarded to Mr. Tim.
"Three phone messages," Rita said, with no emotion.
I bought one of those answering machines and I let the phone ring until it gives my messages and I find out who's calling.
Before Dean finished hanging up his coat, pouring a cup of over-brewed coffee and settling in his chair, Rita Angeltoni dropped a pile of telephone messages on his desk.
Dean shuffled through the remaining telephone messages, recognizing most as unfinished business from pending investigations, but one caught his eye.
There's a big bulletin board down by the information area where everyone's supposed to check for messages if they're looking for someone.
Damian sat at the desk, bent over his iPad as he scanned messages and reports from immortals across the globe.
She recalled taking messages from Dusty to Sofi and how, at first, Darian hadn't even been able to register the sound of another human's voice.
"You've got like, twenty messages," Brandon said with a frown.
I take it you don't listen to the messages women leave on your assistant's phone.
I can't believe people leave those kinds of messages on your phone or that Ingrid has to deal with three hundred and sixty four horny women a year calling you to beg for a second night of sex.
Quadruplex telegraphy consists in the simultaneous transmission of two messages from each end of the line.
The only new problem introduced is the simultaneous transmission of two messages in the same direction; this is sometimes ruplex called " diplex transmission."
The writing, although not well formed, is sufficiently distinct for ordinary messages; the figures 3, 5, and 8 are, however, liable to be mistaken for each other, being very similar in appearance.
In the Murray system the messages are first prepared in the form of a strip of perforated paper about half an inch wide.
Per forating machines equipped with typewriter keyboards are used for the preparation of the messages, two or three keyboard perforators being employed at each end of the telegraph lines on which the Murray system is used.
The messages in the form of perforated tape are then passed through an automatic transmitter, something like a Wheatstone transmitter, at a speed of about 100 words a minute.
This received perforated tape is then used to control what is known as the printer or automatic typewriter, a machine that translates the tape perforations into letters and prints the messages in Roman type in page form.
Messages are thus typed upon a slip which is gummed to the telegraph form.
In the period from 1855 to 1868 the number of messages carried annually by all the telegraph companies of the United Kingdom increased from 1,017,529 to 5,781,989, or an average annual increase of 16.36 per cent.
°4d., or just over half, while the number of messages increased nearly fourfold.
The Belgian state telegraphs were started in 1850 and were at first very profitable, but for the years 1866-9 they yielded an average profit of only 2.8 per cent., and subsequently failed to earn operating expenses, the reasons for the steady decline of the profits being the opening of relatively unprofitable lines and offices, increases in wages, and a diminution in growth of the foreign and transit messages which had constituted the most profitable part of the whole business.
The profits when earned were derived mainly from foreign messages and transit messages between foreign countries, while the receipts from inland messages did not always cover expenses.
For 20 words, addressed free, was not remunerative in the then state of telegraphy, which made it necessary for messages to be re-transmitted at intervals of about 300 miles.
Even the London District Telegraph Company, which was formed in 1859 for the purpose of transmitting telegraph messages between points in metropolitan London, found that a low uniform rate was not financially practicable.
Of line and 83 offices, and in 1865 conveyed over 316,000 messages, but it was not financially successful.
The anticipations as to the increase of messages that would result from the reduction of rates were fully realized.
The number of messages increased from about 6,500,000 in 1869 to nearly io,000,000 in 1871 and to 20,000,000 in 1875, but the expectations as to net revenue were not justified by the results.
Another reason assigned by the committee appointed by the Treasury in 1875 " to investigate the causes of the increased cost of the telegraphic service since the acquisition of the telegraphs by the state " is the loss on the business of transmitting Press messages, which has been estimated as at least £300,000 a year.
Government messages were accorded a rate of 2S.
The deficiency on the working for the year ended 31st March 1907 was £54,924, and the approximate number of messages transmitted during the year was 96,783 with 1,126,940 words.
He kept up the communication for six months, in all weathers, and found that ordinary commercial messages could be transmitted at the rate of 15 to 20 words a minute.
One night the king sat up very late, writing letters and sending messages; and the little page was kept busy running on errands until past midnight.
According to Portio Research7.8 trillion SMS messages were sent in 2011, and it is expected that 2012's number will come in at ten trillion.
Every other metric is still climbing: data throughput, mobile phone usage, messages sent, websites created, amount of information online, data transfer speed, and CPU speed.
After all, the man whose horse trots a mile in a minute does not carry the most important messages; he is not an evangelist, nor does he come round eating locusts and wild honey.
He had a handler who passed messages from the demons to him.
It involved some sort of messages from space.
It was one of many messages her micro had decoded.
"I've sent messages," he informed her.
"Messages?" she echoed, astonished.
In 1905 there were about 1 1,000,000 telegraphic messages sent, which gives an average of 2.7 messages per inhabitant.
The idea is the power of short, instant messages broadcast to interested crowds.
Authorizing the computer to open the messages, she received another message, one saying they were encoded.
There were four phone messages in Dean's absence.