Computer Facts That Will Surprise You

Computer facts and information about the smart machines that your were unaware of. Unbelievable trivia that will put you in an awe and you won’t be able to resist sharing it with your friends.

A 15 year old

A 15 year old hacked NASA computers and caused a 21-day shutdown of their computers. He hacked Pentagon weapons computer too

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A computer as powerful

A computer as powerful as the human brain would be able to perform about 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold about 3,584 terabytes of memory.

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Adobe Photoshop was originally

Adobe Photoshop was originally called Display, then ImagePro. It was not developed by Adobe, but licensed from a college student named Thomas Knoll in 1988.

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Apple popularized the laser

Apple popularized the laser printer.

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In 1936 the Russians

In 1936, the Russians made a computer that ran on water.

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In 1978 Apple Corps

In 1978, Apple Corps (owned by The Beatles) sued Apple Computer for trademark infringement. The case settled for $80,000 along with the condition that Apple Computer should not enter the music business, and Apple Corps agreed not to enter the computer business.

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In the 1950s computers

In the 1950s computers were commonly referred to as “electronic brains.”

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Ink jet ink costs

Ink jet ink costs $5000 per gallon.

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Investigators missed incriminating Google

Investigators missed incriminating Google searches done on Casey Anthony’s computer – including “fool-proof suffication [sic]” – because they checked her Internet Explorer history, but ignored Firefox.

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IP means both Internet

IP means both Internet Protocol and Intellectual Property. Thus when you say a company is involved with IP, nobody will know what you are talking about.

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Lenovo means new legend

Lenovo means “new legend” — “Le” for legend and “novo” for new.

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Many consider the Burroughs

Many consider the Burroughs B-5000 (circa 1955) to be the single greatest computer ever designed.

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Modem means modulator demodulator

“Modem” means modulator/demodulator. This referred to the modulation and demodulation of an analog signal to make it digital. By this definition the device called a cable modem is a misnomer. It should be called a network adapter.

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Only 8 of the

Only 8% of the world’s currency is physical money, the rest only exists on computers.

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Peter Norton of the

Peter Norton of the fabled Norton anti-virus program once said that there was no such thing as a computer virus and considered the whole idea some sort of hoax.

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Seagate Technology STX 1

Seagate Technology STX, +1.60% was originally named Shugart Technology.

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The Apple 1 was

The Apple 1 was the first computer developed by Apple and was nothing more than a bag of parts. The Apple II was the first finished product sold by the company

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The first personal computer

The first personal computer was the Berkeley Enterprises “Simon” which sold for $300 in 1950.

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The Motion Picture Academy

The Motion Picture Academy refused to nominate Tron (1982) for a special-effects award because, according to director Steven Lisberger, “The Academy thought we cheated by using computers”

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The new Texas Instrument

The new Texas Instrument calculators have ABC keyboards because if they had QWERTY keyboards, they would be considered computers and wouldn’t be allowed for standardized test taking

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The ticker symbol for

The ticker symbol for Sun Microsystems JAVA, -5.00% was changed from SUNW to JAVA and the company has been struggling ever since.

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The world s first

The world’s first one gigabyte disk drive was announced in 1980. It weighed 550 pounds and had a price tag of $40,000.

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The worst breach of

The worst breach of U.S. military computers in history happened when someone picked up a memory stick (infected by a foreign intelligence agency) they found in the parking lot and plugged it into their computer, which was attached to United States Central Command.

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There was a computer

There was a computer worm that would gain access to Windows XP systems, download a patch from Microsoft to close the vulnerability that it used to infect the system, attempt to delete the infamous Blaster worm (if present) from the system, then delete itself.

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