A current TV advertisement for a bank aims to emphasise how, in its more than 100 year history, it has remained in business and kept up with the changes in communications technologies. A quote from the ad is: "from tapping to typing to texting". That got me thinking. While it's true that mobile phone text messaging is much more accessible and convenient than the old telegraph, an interesting aspect of this "progress" is the actual process of writing the message. Just how far have we come in making it easy to generate the content of a message? Here's what I mean... Tapping (Morse Code, over telegraph wires): .... . .-.. .-.. --- Typing: HELLO Texting (multi-tap on a numeric keypad): 44 33 555 555 666 Of course, T9/predictive text is usually quicker than multi-tap, but, unless you're using a phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, texting is still arguably a step backwards in terms of message entry.