By Linh Nguyen Mai Khanh | April 18, 2017
It is undeniable that the born of technology, especially computers, mobiles and the Internet, has strongly transformed our world, for better and for worse. In the very long road of its development, technology has become a gigantic picture that knowing every detail is impossible.
While most of you are quite familiar with tech achievements, let’s take a look at some interesting facts you may not know related to technology. Be aware, some of them may be a big surprise!
Interesting facts about Computers
- The first “modern” computer was built in 1941 by Konrad Zuse in World War II. He has looked for funding from the Germans but was denied because they did not expect the war to last beyond Christmas.
- The very first computer mouse was created from wood in 1964 by Doug Engelbart. Now it is one of the most necessary computer peripheral. The body was made of wood with metal wheels supporting to roll back and forth. Only it had a cord connected to it, which was interpreted as the tail of a mouse. And that is the reason for the name of it up to now.
- In general, people tend to read the letters are on a screen as much as 10% slower than they are on paper.
- A normal human being blinks at a rate of around 20 times a minute. But while using a computer, he just blinks 7 times a minute on an average. To explain this, we tend to concentrate more on the screen, so we usually blink a lot less in front of a computer than we do normally.
- A computer as powerful as the human brain would be able to do 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold more than 3580 terabytes of memory.
- Russians built a computer that ran on water in 1936.
- The first computer “bug” was a real bug. In 1947, Grace Hopper, an admiral in the US Navy discovered a dead moth stuck in her Mark II computer and thereby hindering the operation. She “debugged” it from the system, recorded it on her note and wrote “First actual case of bug being found.”
- The 30th of November is known as “Computer Security Day“.
- CD’s (or Compact discs) read from the inside to the outside edge, which is the reverse of how records work.
- On an average working day, a computer user makes the move of his fingers that could have traveled about 12.6 miles.
- More than 5000 new computer viruses are released every month.
- It is estimated that only about 10% of the world’s currency is physical cash, the rest only exists on computers.
- The first ever hard disk drive was made in 1979 and could hold only 5MB of data.
- 86% of people tend to plug their USB devices upside down.
- The password for the computer which controls nuclear-tipped missiles of the U.S was 00000000 for eight years.
- 15-year-old Jonathan James with a PC hacked NASA computer system in 1999. He had access to over 3,000 messages, usernames and passwords of its employees. NASA was forced to shut down all the computers for three weeks to fix the problem. The cost for it is estimated at $41,000. He was ultimately sentenced when he was 16 but it shows that technology has empowered a normal person to do unbelievable things.
- The first computer programmer is considered to be a woman. Ada Lovelace is an English mathematician and writer, who is known for her work on the “Analytical Engine”. Her notes on the engine are acknowledged as the first algorithm to be performed by a machine.
- The PNG file format was supported to be pronounced as ‘ping’.
- TYPEWRITER is the longest word that you can type using the letters only on one row of the computer keyboard.
- Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the first entirely computer generated movie sequence in the history of cinema. That studio later becomes Pixar.
- 1 Petabyte (which equals to 1024 x 1024 Gigabytes) can hold 13.3 years of HD videos.
- The total programming languages that are known up to now, including those currently used and historical ones, is nearly 700. If computer programming were a country, it would rank third among the countries with the most languages spoken, after Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. But you are not recommended to try them all!
Interesting facts about Tech brands
- The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath an apple tree, where he was about to find out about gravity with an apple dangling over his head. There are many stories were made to idealize the meaning behind Apple’s famous logo: an apple with a bite mark. But according to the designer, he created the bite mark because he thought it was iconic and so that people get that it was an apple, not a cherry.
Apple’s logo revolution
- “Interface Manager” was the original pre-launching name for Microsoft’s operating system “Windows”. Then Microsoft found the term “Windows” sound more appealing, so they decided to change to it.
- The house where Bill Gates lives was designed using a Macintosh computer.
- The 3 tech giants including HP, Microsoft and Apple have something in common that they were all started in a garage.
- Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, which are enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes, more than most countries. However, google generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels system.
- The main reason the Google home page is so bare is because that the founders just wanted a quick interface but they didn’t know HTML.
- Lenovo stands for ‘new legend’. ‘Le’ for legend, and ‘novo’ stands for new.
Interesting facts about the Internet
- The Firefox logo is actually not a “fox”. The web browser is named after a native animal in the Himalayas and southwestern China – red panda! In Chinese, “firefox” is another name for the red panda.
- The original URL for Yahoo was http://akebono.stanford.edu/
- Up until the 14th of September, 1995, domain registration was free.
- A person receives around 30 emails a day on average, more than 80% of them are spams.
- You will not be affected by viruses just by opening an email. It is only activated when you click a link or access an attachment.
- About 70% of virus writers are said to work under a contract for crime syndicates.
- Close to 50% of all Wikipedia vandalism is caught by a single computer program with more than 90% accuracy.
- Facebook pays at least $500 if you can find a way to hack the site.
- Billions of hours are wasted online, spent, waiting for content to download.
- In 2011, 1 out of every 8 married couples in the US met online.
- About 40% of the world population has connected to the Internet today; comparing to 20 years ago, it was less than 1%.
- NASA has successfully beamed Wi-Fi to the Moon.
- Scott Fahlman invented the first emoticon, which was the basic “:)” in 1982.
- Email has been around longer than the World Wide Web.
- If Facebook was a real nation with the users as its residents, it would be the third largest country in the world by population.
Other Interesting facts about technology
- The first ever VCR, which was made in 1956, was the size of a piano!
- The very first camera took about 8 hours to complete a photo. It means if you want to have your picture taken, you should not make any movements during that amount of time to make sure that your photo will not be blurred.
- The word “robot “comes from the Czech “robota“, which can be translated into forced labor or work.
- The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 AM.
- Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.
When discussing about technology, there is a tendency to battle over whether it brings more positive or negative effects to our life. But we can’t deny that it has a powerful effect on our life that if we avoid it, we are left far behind. The tech reel is evolving more and more rapidly. Our thought is instead of finding the answer on whether technology is good or bad, we should take time to learn and improve ourselves to catch up with the new trends that technology has been bringing to us every single day. Start involve by taking the first step creating your own product today!