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70 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Computers & The Internet

  1. Amazon, originally a printed book seller company, now sells more e-books than printed books.
  2. The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com.
  3. About 1.8 billion people connect to the Internet, only 450 million of them speak English.
  4. Sweden has the highest percentage of internet users, they are 75%.
  5. Did you know that Email was already around before the World Wide Web came?
  6. Up until the 14th of September, 1995, domain registration was free.
  7. While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.
  8. U.S. President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in January 1997 was the first to be webcast.
  9. Every minute, 10 hours of videos are uploaded on You Tube.
  10. Of the 247 BILLION email messages sent every day, 81% are pure spam.
  11. The first White House website was launched during the Clinton-Gore administration on October 21, 1994. Coincidentally, the site www.whitehouse.com linked to a pornography web site.
  12. Over 1 million domain names are registered every month.
  13. With It’s 800 million Interent users, Facebook would be the third largest country in the World. The first computer company to register for a domain name was digital equipment corporation.
  14. Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, more than most countries. However, google generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels.
  15. Google estimates that the Internet today contains about 5 million terabytes of data (1TB = 1,000GB), and claims it has only indexed a paltry 0.04% of it all! You could fit the whole Internet on just 200 million Blu-Ray disks.
  16. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare, is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Infact, the submit button was a later addition initially, hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
  17. Doug Engelbart had made the first computer mouse in 1964, and it was made out of wood.
  18. The first hard drive was created in 1979 by Seagate and could hold 5MB of data.
  19. The engineers who developed the IBM PC were known as “The Dirty Dozen”
  20. Another name for a Microsoft Windows tutorial is ‘Crash Course’!
  21. Amongst the most interesting computer facts is, when the first Apple computer which was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it was made by using parts they got for free from their employers. They were made to scrounge spare parts from work.
  22. The world’s first computer which was named the Z1, was invented by Konrad Zuse in 1936. His next invention, the Z2 was finished in 1939 and was the first fully functioning electro-mechanical computer.
  23. One of the world’s leading computer and computer peripheral manufacturer Hewlett Packard was first started in a garage at Palo Alto in the year 1939.
  24. The first banner advertising was used in 1994.
  25. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out.
  26. Bill Gates house was designed Using a Macintosh computer.
  27. Bill Gates math SAT score was a perfect 800.
  28. Bill gates & Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data to monitor traffic flow.
  29. 70% of virus writers work under contract for organized crime syndicates.
  30. A program named “Rother J” was the first computer virus to come into sight “in the wild” — that is, outside the single computer or lab where it was created.
  31. Over 6,000 new computer viruses are released every month.
  32. A virus can not appear on your computer all by iself. You have to get it by sharing infected files or diskettes, or by downloading infected files from the Internet.
  33. The worst MS-DOS virus ever, Michelangelo (1991) attacked the boot sector of your hard drive and any floppy drive inserted into the computer, which caused the virus to spread rapidly.
  34. The QWERTY keyboard layout is 129 years old.
  35. South korea's SK telecom offers an inaudible ring tone to its customers which, it claims, can repel mosquitoes.
  36. In 1971, the fi rst speech recognition software named, "Hearsay" was developed in India.
  37. The four largest software makers in the world are:- (a) Microsoft (b) Adobe (c) Sap (d) Computer Associates.
  38. Top Ten Supercomputers of Today:-
    Arranged according to the speed:-
    1. Bluegene/L DD2 Beta-system(IBM).
    2. Columbia (NASA).
    3. Earth Simulator (NEC).
    4. MareNostrum(Barcelona Supercomputer Center).
    5. Thunder (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).
    6. ASCI Q(Los Alamos National Laboratory).
    7. System X(Virgina Tech).
    8. Blugene/L DD1 Prototype(IBM).
    9. eServer pSeries 655 cluster(Naval Oceanographic Office).
    10. Tungsten(National Center For Supercomputing Applications).
  39. Hard drives in the near future are expected to have a track density of about 100,000 tracks/inch.This means that tracks are spaced 10 millionths of an inch apart.
  40. The first ISP was Compuserve, established in 1969 which is now under AOL.
  41. The Palm O.S fits in less than 100 K,which is less than one percent the size of Windows 98 or Mac O.S.
  42. What does 50 G.B of storage really mean?It means we can stack 3 piles of single spaced type written pages taller than the Eiffel tower and data to support this information is about 50 gigabytes.
  43. The code name for the 12 engineers who designed the IBM pc was :- 'The dirty dozen'.
  44. When the cd was invented, it was decided that a cd should be long enough to hold beethoven's Ninth Symphony at any tempo which was precisely 72 minutes.
  45. 128 bit SSL encryption is so strong that it would take much , much longer than the age of universe to crack a message encrypted using it.Even 20 years from now, if computers are a million times faster. it would still take longer than the age of the universe to crack it.
  46. Disk drive recording head fly height (gap between the head and disc when the drive is spinning ) is less than 1 microinch while:-
    • A red blood cell is 300 microinches is diameter.
    • A particle of tobacco smoke is 250 microinches.
    • A particle of smog is 100 microinches.
    • A human hair is 4000 microinches.
  47. When Windows 3.1 was launched, 3 million copies were sold in the first two months.
  48. Windows 95 can run on 386DX at 20 Megahertz, with just 4 M.B of RAM.
  49. David Bradley wrote the code for [Ctr]+[Alt]+[Delete] key sequence.
  50. At 250 tons and 60,000 vacuum tubes, the SAGE system was the largest, heaviest and most expensive computer system ever built! The SAGE required over 20,000 square feet (1950's).
  51. IBM got its nickname "Big Blue" not from the color of the computers but from the dark blue suits that its early sales force wore. IBM had one of the greatest sales forces in the country, even before IBM started making and selling digital computers.
  52. Internet has spawned several new words. Did you know that a netizen is a citizen of the Internet? You do now. A netiquette is etiquette for the Internet.
  53. Search Utility-(also called search tool)-This is the page you see when you visit a search website.
  54. Google is a version of the word Googol, which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes, representing the large number of web pages Google searches. 42. The first online version of an encyclopedia and the first one on CD was Grolier.
  55. Anyone who uses a computer is probably familiar with Wikipedia, but did you know that this word is formed from the Hawaiian word, wiki (meaning "quick") and the word encyclopedia? Now you do.
  56. e-Bay was started in 1995; more than 1 billion dollars worth of merchandise are sold each month by its users.
  57. A plug-in is a small piece of software that adds features to a larger piece of software. Plug-ins are often used by Internet browsers to increase the program's functions.
  58. MP3 stands for MPEG-Layer III; it's a film compression method that shrinks the size of data sent over the Internet or used on a computer. That's why you can load hours and hours of music on those MP3 players.
  59. Did you no typewriter is the only 10 letter word you can spell with the top row of keys on a keyboard.
  60. the sentense "the quick brown fox jumps over a little lazy dog" contains all the alphabats of english language.
  61. It is believed that the first computer virus released in the world was a boot sector virus, which was created in the year 1986 by Farooq Alvi brothers. It was designed by them to protect their research work.
  62. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  63. The computer mouse, the windowing GUI, laser printing, and the network card were all developed at one company; Xerox in Palo Alto, California.
  64. The computer in your cell phone has more processing power than all the computers in the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander that put 2 men on the moon.
  65. HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common. All of them were started in garages.
  66. Computer circuitry can be destroyed by static electricity. It is so mild for humans that we don't even feel it.
  67. Interface Manager! That's what Windows was originally named.
  68. Tim Berners-Lee coined the phrase “World Wide Web” in 1990.
  69. Mosaic was the first popular web browser which was released in 1993.
  70. The average human being blinks 20 times a minute – but only 7 times a minute when using a computer.



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