Computers are a part and parcel of our lives. It can be used to make presentations, calculations, for storing important files and documents, for watching movies, for listening to songs, for educational purposes and much more. This helpful device has a lot of interesting facts about it. Let’s go through some of them!
1.All parts used in a modern computer was invented by Charles Babbage in 1833; however it was only 120 years later that the first modern computer was invented.
2.In 1964, Doug Engelbart made the first computer mouse whose body was made of wood.
3.The first electro mechanical computer was developed in 1939.
4.About 70% virus writers work under contract for organized crime syndicates.
5.The longest word that can be written using all the letters of the single row of the keyboard is “TYPEWRITER”.
6.About 30,000 websites get hacked everyday.
7.The first disk drive to use removable media was the IBM 1311. It was quite big resembling almost a washing machine and could store less than 5 megabytes.
8.Initial hard drives were bigger than the size of a fridge.
9.92% of world’s currency exists on computers while only 8% is in physical money.
10.Each month about 6,000 computer viruses are released.
11.Asteroids and Lunar Lander are the two games that were first ever made in US.
12.While using the computer a human blinks only 7 times a minute while it is 20 times a minute normally!
13.The case of the original Macintosh consists of signatures from each member of the Apple’s Macintosh division in 1982 which are 47 in total.
14.The longest word that can be typed with one hand is Stewardesses.
15.Windows was originally named as Interface Manager.
16.For every normal webpage, there are about five porn pages.
17.The group of 12 engineers who designed the IBM PC were called ‘The Dirty Dozen’.
18.Google, HP, Microsoft and Apple were all started in a garage.
19.The first 1Gb Hard Disk weighed about 550 pounds and costed about $40,000.
20.The first popular web browser was released in 1993 and was called Mosaic.
21.Computer circuitry can be destroyed by mild static electricity.
22.Konrad Zuse is credited for creating the world’s first computer known as the Z1, in 1936.
23.More than 80% of the emails sent daily are spams.
24.The house where Bill Gates lives, was designed using a Macintosh computer.
25.Out of the top 500 supercomputers, only 2 run on Windows and rest are all Linux.
26.The first word spoken on the internet was “lo” though it was supposed to be “login” but the computer crashed after the first two letters.
27.The password for the computer controls of nuclear missiles of the US was 00000000 for 8 years.
28.Around 1 million new domains are in the way to be registered in next month and this happens every month.
29.A 15 year old boy had hacked NASA’s computers because of which a 21 day shutdown was caused.
30.Russians were the first who made a computer that ran on water. This was in 1936.
31.The first actual computer “bug” was identified in 1947 as a dead moth. It was stuck in a Harvard Mark II computer.
32.Emails existed even before World Wide Web.
33.Alaska is the only state in the world whose all letters come in a straight row of keyboard letters.
34.You can operate a computer without an Operating System!
35.In Windows 98, minimized windows are actually moved far away outside the average monitor’s resolution.
36.Tim Berners-Lee coined the phrase “World Wide Web” in 1990.
37.10 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every 60 sec.
38.Three former employees of PayPal founded YouTube.
39.‘www.symbolics.com’ was the first domain name ever.
40.There are over 1 billion instant messaging ids/accounts world over.
41.PCjr home computer was assumed to destroy all its competitors in the market , given the powerful status that was acquired by IBM in 1983. However, it turned out to be the biggest flops in the history of computing.
42.A video game called “Lose/Lose” deletes a random file on the computer everytime the person kills an enemy.
43.A typists fingers have travelled about 20 km or 12.6 miles on an average working day.
44.The first computer (which was in essence – a mechanical computer) had no RAM.
45.Windows 95 was the second most installed piece of software on computers in 1995, video game DOOM was first.
46.Xerox PARC was the first computer to demonstrate the GUI.
47.Williams tube was the first form of Random-access storage device.
48.The first website that went online was “info.cern.ch“, which was created by Tim Berners-Lee at the research lab CERN 1990.
49.Apple’s first computer, the Apple I, went on sale in 1976 for $666.66 because Steve Wozniak liked repeating digits and found them easier to type.
50.The First Electronic Computer ENIAC weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet.
These are some of the interesting computer facts…Comment down if you like these facts or if you have more to share!