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40 Amazing Facts You may not know About Computers | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. The QWERTY keyboard layout is 130 years old.
  2. ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared 50 years ago. It’s amazing that the original ENIAC was about 80 feet long, weighed 30 tons, had 17,000 tubes. By comparison, a desktop computer today can store a million times more information than an ENIAC, and 50,000 times faster.
  3. The first Computer Mouse was invented by doug engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood.
  4. In 1971, the first speech recognition software named, “Hearsay” was developed in India.
  5. Steve jobs and stephen Wozniak previously worked at HP before Apple was founded.
  6. The fastest supercomputer in 1976 ran at 80MHz and cost $80 million. Fact is the cheapest phones today run at 250Mhz!
  7. The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
  8. The first Apple computer which was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, was amazingly made by using parts they got for free from their employers.
  9. ˜Macintosh’ is in fact a variety of apple. It also was the first commercially successful personal computer.It was the first one to have a graphical user interfaces (GUI) and mouse instead of command line interfaces.
  10. The code name for the 12 engineers who designed the IBM pc was :- ‘The dirty dozen’.
  11. Amazing Fact : Type the following in MS word: =rand (200, 99) and see what happens! This is absolutely unbelievable.
  12. Nobody can create a folder anywhere on the computer which can be named as “CON”. It is a reserved word from old times..
  13. The memory of first Ram was amazingly just 46 KB.
  14. Seagate introduced the first hard disk for pcs in 1979. It amazingly held just 5 M.B of data.
  15. In 1980, the first One GB disk drive was released , price being $40,000 with the weight of 550 pounds.
  16. Time magazines Man of the year for 1982 was the computer.
  17. The term Y2K was invented by David Eddie in June 1995 through the email.
  18. The average computer user blinks 7 times per minute less than the normal rate of 20.
  19. People generally read 25% slower from a computer screen compared to paper.
  20. HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common ,apart from being IT companies. Amazingly they were all started in garages.
  21. On an average work day, a typist’s fingers on keyboard travel 12.6 miles.
  22. The Dvorak keyboard is more efficient than QWERTY in fact said to be 20 times faster.
  23. 80% of information stored on all computers in the world is in English.
  24. 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 amazing 10 millionths of an inch apart.
  25. The nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra video card contains amazing 222 million transistors.
  26. Amazing fact is that 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.
  27. Disk drive recording head fly height (gap between the head and disc when the drive is spinning ) is amazingly less than 1 microinch  while a red blood cell is 300 microinches is diameter and a human hair is 4000 microinches. This is equivalent to airplane flying 10 feet above the ground.
  28. MP3 stands for MPEG-Layer III; it’s a film compression method that shrinks the size of data sent over the Internet.
  29. Microsoft founder Mr Bill Gate is using Linux Operating system in his own Personal Laptop.
  30. The name of its search engine “˜Bing’ has its origins in Bingo. Just like the game, it was meant to suggest that something looked for has been found or realized.
  31. You can use your headphones as a microphone!  Just plug them in you mic input, and say something in them.
  32. If you search the word ‘recursion’ on Google, it will amazingly ask if you meant ‘recursion.’
  33. Fact was it used to be cheaper for an Australian to fly to the US and buy Adobe software than buy it in Australia!
  34. The default Windows XP desktop , a beautiful green field underneath a crystal blue sky is a real picture with no digital enchantments. It is an actual photo taken in Sonoma County, California.
  35. Amazingly there’s a printer that prints glass from sand! Markus Kaiser has developed a  solar-powered, 3-D printer that works by taking the natural sunlight and superheating the sand, which is the material, to morph it into a three dimensional object that is programmed!
  36. Black HP printer ink costs roughly 1,400 times as much as crude oil, gallon for gallon.
  37. On a Qwerty keypad, Alaska is the only state that can be typed using one row of keys.
  38. The word “Font” refers to things like “bold” or “italics”.The actual style of the letters is called a “typeface”.
  39. Amazing fact is that whenever a You Tube video is buffeing or has paused , you may play a game of “snakes” by hitting the up arrow.
  40. The apple app store once sold “I am Rich” application which sold for $ 999.99 and did nothing.

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