In this article, we explore a list of 100 Fun And Interesting Computer Facts. These facts, have been gathered over the years, and it will undoubtedly be of interest to you. The facts are listed below:
1. The very first computer mouse was made with wood in 1964 by Doug Engelbart.
2. 30,000 websites are hacked daily.
3. The 12 engineer’s group that came up with the first IBM computer was named Dirty Dozen.
4. In 1939, the very first electro mechanical computer was developed.
5. ENIAC was the very first electronic computer which was weighed around 27 tons and it’s taken up space around 1800sf (square feet).
6. Did you know that the first hard disk/drive gt developed to store the owner’s data and only 5MB of data could be stored on it.
7. Over 6,000 viruses are made monthly.
8. Microsoft Windows’ original name was Interface manager.
9. Over eighty percent of sent mails are actually spam on a daily term.
10. In 1980, the very first hard disk could cover just 1GB of data and it went for $40,000 and weighed 550 pounds.
11. Bill Gates’ mansion was designed using a Macintosh computer.
12. 00000000 was the password for the computer that controlled nuclear missiles in the US for eight solid years.
13. 7 years ago, a survey found out that more than 17 billion devices were connected to the Internet.
14. 1 million new domains are registered monthly.
15. NVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra video card is built with 222 million transistors.
16. Twenty percent of online viruses are released by crime units.
17. IBM 5120, the bulkiest and biggest computer ever made weighed around 105 pounds.
18. Intel Company’s first microprocessor was Microprocessor for calculator.
19. The computer is powered with human brain, can calculate over 38 thousand trillion operations in a second and can hold around 3580TB (terabytes) of memory.
20. Typewriter is the longest word you can type using first row of alphabets in your keyboard.
21. CAPTCHA is the abbreviation of ‘Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart’.
22. The NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s computers got hacked and was shut down for close to one month. A 15 year old was the culprit. He hacked Pentagon Weapons computer too.
23. Russians made computer that can be used in water first. In 1936
24. “Mosaic.” was the first popular web/internet browser.
25. Sweden is the country with most internet users.
26. “www.symbolics.com” was the first domain nme ever.
27. 1,319,872,109 people are presently using the Internet.
30. There are over 1.06 billion instant messaging id’s/accounts worldwide.
31. The first real computer bug was a dead moth in a harvard mark ll computer in 1947.
32. “World Wide Web” was Tim Berners Lees’ idea in 1990.
33. 80% of all pictures on the internet are of naked ladies.
34. Only 450 million internet users can speak English.
35. Every 60 seconds, 10 hours of videos are uploaded on You Tube.
36. Amazon, originally a printed book seller company, is now selling more elecronic books than printed ones.
37. Email existed before World Wide Web.
38. Google males use of an estimated 15 billion KWH of electricity yearly.
39. Before 14th of September, 1995, Domain registration did not cost you a dime.
40. There are online addicts.
41. The average computer user blinks 7 times in 60 seconds, the normal rate for blinking is 20 times in 60 seconds.
42. 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.
43. U.S. military computers once got breached when someone picked up a memory stick (infected by a foreign intelligence agency) they found in the parking lot and plugged it into their PC, which was attached to United States Central Command.
44. 40-55%of every Wikipedia vandalism is caught by one computer program with 90% accuracy.
45. 7 years ago, UGNazi, a hacker shut down the Papa John’s website. His reason? The company “took 2 hours longer than expected to deliver my food.”
46. elgoog.com(google backwards) has a huge following in China because elgooG search terms are printed in reverse, so users are able to perform Google searches without detection by the Chinese government’s search filters.
47. IMDb, one of the most ancient websites on the internet began on Usenet in 1990 as a list of “actresses with beautiful eyes.”
48. YouTube was founded by 3 ex employees of PayPal.
49. The woman who rented her garage to Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they were creating Google eventually became the CEO of YouTube.
50. The first mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart and it was made of wood.
51. Sir Tim Burner Lee invented the internet in 1989.
52. Hewlett Packard began in a garage at Palo Alto in 1939.
53. The world’s the first computer, which was named the Z1, was invented by Konrad Zuse in 1936.
54. The first Apple computer, which was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, was made by using parts they got for no payment from their employers.
55. It took the internet just four years to reach 50 million users.
56. One of every eight married couples in the United States has met online.
57. In 1955, Bell Labs introduced the first transistor computer. Transistors were faster, smaller and created less heat than traditional vacuum tubes, making these computers more reliable and more efficient.
58. Only 8% of the world’s currency is physical money; the rest are on PCs.
59. John Lasseter, the Pixar CEO, was sacked from Disney for promoting computer animation.
60. Three students from a school in Nevada installed keystroke loggers on their teachers’ computers to intercept the teachers’ usernames and passwords and then collected $300 from other interested students to hack in and upgrade their grades.
61. Alan Turing was the father of computer science, artificial intelligence and also helped break German World War II ciphers. He killed himself after being forced to undergo hormonal treatment for homosexuality and was barred from continuing his cryptographic research.
62. The Tandy TRS-80 Model I computer radiated so much interference that many games were designed so that an AM radio next to the computer could be used to provide sounds.
63. A computer developed by MT can tell whether the smile is fake or real.
64. The US is at the highest risk of Virus attack followed by the Russia Federation.
65. Viruses cannot enter your system just by opening an email. It is only activated when you click a link or access an attachment.
66. ILOVEYOU is sen as the most dangerous virus ever created in the form of a worm. It can replicate itself and crash the system.
67. MyDoom was the fastest-spreading virus ever designed. The total damage done by MyDoom is a whopping $38 billion.
68. If Xerox Alto (the first computer to support an Operating System based on a Graphical User Interface) did not exist, Apple Macintosh probably would not exist too.
69. QWERTY keyboard is not the most efficient keyboard layout. Instead, the Dvorak keyboard is.
70. Computer programming is the fastest growing job role than any other at present. It also delivers the most eye strains.
71. 9 out of 10 of the world’s supercomputers run on Linux.
72. It is widely considered that Open Source is better than proprietary.
73. HotWired, now known as Wired.com, invented the web banner advertisement concept.
74. The first website that went online was “info.cern.ch“, which was also created by Tim Berners-Lee at the research lab CERN 1990.
75. Toy 2 Story movie file was mistakenly deleted from the official workstations. However, an employee – a lady (Susman) – helped recover the movie from the files that she had on her personal computer.
76. The first word to be transmitted over the Internet (when ARPANET existed) was “lo”. It was supposed to denote – “login” but the system crashed before transmitting the full message.
77. You can operate a computer without an Operating System.
78. The term “GPU” became more popular when NVIDIA released GeForce 256 in 1999.
79. The world’s first commercial water-cooled PC was Apple’s Power Mac G5, that’s really one of the amazing computer facts
80. UNIVAC I was the first commercial computer to be sold in the United States.
81. The first computer (which was in essence – a mechanical computer) had no RAM.
82. Williams tube was the first form of Random-access storage device.
83. Xerox PARC was the first computer to demonstrate the GUI (Graphical User Interface)
84. Pixar movie – “Monsters University” – came up with technology ahead of its time that it took 29 hours to render a single frame.
85. On eBay, there are transactions of approx. $680 per second.
86. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft was a college drop out.
87. There are about five porn pages for every ‘normal’ webpage.
88. If you open up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures, which is of each member of Apple’s Macintosh division of 1982.
89. Over 110 million users are registered on MySpace.
90. About 70% virus writers are actually employed by an organization under a contract.
91. The Apollo 11 Lunar Lander which was used to travel to the moon, has less processing power than the processor of a cell phone.
92. Computer circuitry can be destroyed by static electricity. It is so mild for humans that we don’t even feel it.
93. The Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra chip has maximum numbers of transistors on it, approx. 222 million of them.
94. ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word which can be typed with only the left hand.
95. If your work involves the extensive use of computers, then by the end of your average working day, your fingers would have traveled 12.6 miles.
96. SanDisk was initially known as SunDisk.
97. ‘Electronic brains’! That’s what computers were referred to as in the 1950s.
98. ‘ShenMue’ is the most expensive game ever to be made. It was developed for Sega Dreamcast and was priced at $20 million.
99. The uses of computers today are endless, with different types of machines being used for different sectors.
100. The microcontroller inside a MacBook charger is about as powerful as the original Macintosh computer.
There you have it – a comprehensive list of 100 fun and exciting computer facts you should know. If you know other interesting facts not mentioned in this article, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.