Interesting computing facts

Nataliya Karpenko


The world of computers is full of stories and facts. It couldn’t be any other way, since the environment is so dynamic and today it attracts the attention of the entire planet (well, except for Sentinel del Norte, they don’t seem to be very interested).

The truth is that, regardless of what the people of Sentinel del Norte think, computer science today is relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds. That’s why we’ve focused today’s article on some computing facts in a brief and friendly way, so you can share them at any family reunion, birthday, christening or even at the ambassador’s receptions you visit so often. That’s 18, no less. And since there are so many of them, it doesn’t take us long to get started.

– The password of the computers in charge of controlling the nuclear missiles of the United States Army for years was 0000000000

And also, in case anyone forgot, certain soldiers were given a piece of paper. Oh, come on, we’re all alive miraculously.

– The first mouse was built in 1964 and was made of wood

It was designed by engineer Douglas Engelbart and had the shape of a slightly bulky box. Did it have the famous “ball” that the ancient mouse used to have?

– It is estimated that Google consumes the energy of 200,000 households each year

And all this in order to index less than 1% of the information available on the Internet…

– The term ‘bug’ came from a moth

Specifically, the one that caused the Mark III computer to malfunction in 1947. A Milestone in the History of Information Technology…

– More than 6,000 new computer viruses are created each month

So it looks like a voracious race to outnumber the number of biological viruses. A bit of a dodgy race, by the way.

– And new domains are registered

This makes it more and more difficult to find a simple and straightforward name for our new lace website…

– Internet users blink less than usual

An average of 7 times per minute, when the average is 20 times. Now you know why you need to put all that eye drops in your eyes.

The same person who rented his garage to Larry Page and Sergei Brin to develop Google ended up becoming CEO of Youtube.

This is Susan Wojcicki. That’s what it means to be in the right place at the right time….

– CAPTCHA means…

“Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. This must mean that the Turing Test has already been passed according to the creators of the concept, since Artificial Intelligence has long since been able to overcome captchas…

– The first mechanical computer was called ENIAC

It was 167 square meters and weighed 27 tons. Try placing it in your living room…

– There are two reasons why the @ was included in the email addresses

The first one, which was a rarely used icon. The second one, which in Latin means “in”, gives meaning to the addresses (for example, user (in) proveedordecorreo.com).

– Sending the word “LOGIN” in 1969 over the Internet was quite difficult

In fact, a professor at a university in Los Angeles tried to get it to a professor at a university in San Francisco, but he could only send “LO”. The Internet collapsed as it tried to send the complex letter G….

– We have not always been able to “cut and paste”

This action, which has saved millions of accumulated hours for users around the world, was developed in 1981 by Larry Tesler, an engineer. A hero for Humanity….

– The three most commonly used passwords in the world are…

123456, password and 12345. It doesn’t seem very recommendable to use any of them, really.

Registering domains didn’t cost money

Until 1995, it was free to do so.

– The first computer virus was developed in 1971

Its name was Creeper and it was circulating on ARPANET. It was completely harmless: it was created only as an experiment, to see how it spread from one computer to another.

The NASA and Pentagon computers were hacked by the same person

He was only 15 years old…. In fact, it is estimated that most hackers today are still very young people.

Bill Gates’ house was designed on a Mac computer

Nataliya Karpenko
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