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The tool on the cover of Ubuntu Hacks is a tuning fork. This device, used primarily to tune musical instruments, is a two-tined, U-shaped metal bar that emits a pure tone of a specific pitch when struck against an object. It was invented in the early 18th century by British musician John Shore, a trumpeter in the employ of King George I. The "pitch fork," as Shore referred to it, has endured in modern times as an extremely useful tool for orchestral musicians. Its sonic properties have also been harnessed for sundry purposes, ranging from timekeeping in quartz watches to sonopuncture therapy.
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