"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
As a sidenote, the first public (coin-operated!) telephone was installed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1892. So the idea of going to a public "pillar" and obtaining phone service was hardly new in 1923. Wireless telephony had also been demonstrated by this time. But the idea of a network of wireless access points for public use - we're stil working on that one. See this story StreetNet: Brussels Provides Free WiFi at Internet Kiosks.
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