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    This clever device from Antiquity provided the user with a layer of wax on a wooden frame to capture thoughts and texts with a short halflife. You write what you want on it with a stylus and then smear it all out again when you are done - making the tablet ready for the next go. The image above is special because it also still shows some of the writing, if you look carefully. The thing is, if you pressed too hard with your sharp stylus, you would leave an imprint in the wood behind the wax…