Kevin Vance - A personal best

Entries | Archive | Friends | Friends' Friends | User Info

08:05 pm

A personal best

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Previous Entry Share Next Entry

I set a new personal record for the most ridiculous way to send text to myself today.

  1. Entered into an HTML form
  2. Saved to a database by the webserver
  3. Read from the database by a daemon
  4. Saved to PDF by the daemon
  5. Copied over a wireless network to another daemon
  6. The PDF is rasterized by that daemon
  7. And sent as a fax to an OS serial port, which is actually a softmodem
  8. The fax line is VOIP, so the fax noise is re-digitized
  9. Once it gets to the telephone system, it is converted back to an analog signal
  10. The signal is received by a fax-to-email gateway
  11. Who even knows what they do to it, but it ends up as a rasterized PDF
  12. I receive an email copy of my text.


I wasn't even trying to make a convoluted thing. I just needed to test something!

Link )Reply )

From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-11 05:14 am (UTC)
Don't forget the phone company almost definitely digitized, compressed, and packetized your 'analog' fax if you went long distance.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: wikle
2009-11-12 02:47 am (UTC)
Quick patent the system and register the trademark Rube Goldberg Text Messaging!
(Reply) (Thread)