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September 3, 2009

Amazing Computer Facts

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Written by: arunenigma

1. 80% of all pictures on the internet are of n-ked women

2. Another name for a Microsoft Windows tutorial is ‘Crash Course’!

3. Bill Gates’ house was designed using a Macintosh computer.

4. By the year 2012 there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the Internet.

5. Domain names are being registered at a rate of more than one million names every month.

6. E-mail has been around longer than the World Wide Web.

7. For every ‘normal’ webpage, there are five p0rn pages.

8. In the 1980s, an IBM computer wasn’t considered 100 percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft Flight Simulator.

9. MySpace reports over 110 million registered users. Were it a country, it would be the tenth largest, just behind Mexico.

10. One of every 8 married couples in the US last year met online.

11. The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, has exchanged 250,000 e-mails, instant and text messages and has spent 10,000 hours on the mobile phone.

12. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute, less than half the normal rate of 20.

13. The first banner advertising was used in 1994.

14. The first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood.

15. The first domain name ever registered was

16. The world’s first computer, called the Z1, was invented by Konrad Zuse in 1936. His next invention, the Z2 was finished in 1939 and was the first fully functioning electro-mechanical computer.

17. There are approximately 1,319,872,109 people on the Internet.

18. There are approximately 1.06 billion instant messaging accounts worldwide.

19. While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.

20. An Amd 1400 chip running without a heatsink gets as hot as 370 degrees.

21. Seagate introduced the first hard disk drives for PCs in 1979. It held 5 MB of data memory.

22. If you open up the case of the original Macintosh, u will find 47 signatures,
one for each member of Apple’s Macintosh divison as of 1982.

23. The first computer company to register for a domain name was digital
equipment corporation.

24. Did u know Apple and Sun came very close to a merger in 1996.

25. The technology contained in a single game boy unit in 2000 exceeds all
the computing power that was used to put the first man on moon in 1969.

26. Hewlett Packard was started at a garage in Palo Alto in 1939.

27. Tetris has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, since it began in 1982. That provided the creator 800 million in revenues.

28. The superflop Sega Dreamcast, released in 1999, was the first console game machine to sport a 128 Bit architecture.

29. The most expensive game ever developed was “ShenMue” for Sega Dreamcast. It costs $20 million.

30. The QWERTY keyboard layout is 129 years old.

31. South korea’s SK telecom offers an inaudible ring tone to its customers which, it claims, can repel mosquitoes.

32. In 1971, the first speech recognition software named, “Hearsay” was developed in India.

33. Macquariums are aquariams made from old macintosh computers.

34. Bill gates and Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data to monitor traffic flow.

35. The four largest software makers in the world are :-

(a) Microsoft
(b) Adobe
(c) SAP
(d) Computer Associates.

36. Top Ten Supercomputers of Today :-
(Arranged according to the speed)

1. Bluegene/L DD2 Beta-system (IBM).

2. Columbia (NASA).

3. Earth Simulator (NEC).

4. MareNostrum (Barcelona Supercomputer Center).

5. Thunder (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

6. ASCI Q (Los Alamos National Laboratory).

7. System X (Virgina Tech).

8. Blugene/L DD1 Prototype (IBM).

9. eServer pSeries 655 cluster (Naval Oceanographic Office).

10. Tungsten (National Center For Supercomputing Applications).

37. According to University of California 1,693,000 terabytes of information are
produced & stored magnetically per year.

38. 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 10 millionths
of an inch apart.

39. One terabyte (1000 gigabytes) is equivalent to storing a stack of
documents that is more than 16 times the height of New York’s empire State Building.

40. The 4004 was the first microprocessor of intel.

41. The nVidia GeForce 6800 ultra has 222 million transistors which is the
record for the max. no. transistors on a chip.

42. James Gosling created java at sun microsystems. He came up with the
name Java while debating over it at a coffee shop.

43. The first ISP was Compuserve, established in 1969 which is now under

44. The Palm O.S fits in less than 100 K, which is less than one percent the size
of Windows 98 or Mac O.S.

45. What does 50 GB of storage really mean? It means we can stack 3 piles of
single spaced type written pages taller than the Eiffel tower and data to
support this information is about 50 gigabytes.

46. The code name for the 12 engineers who designed the IBM pc was :-
‘The dirty dozen’.

47. When the cd was invented, it was decided that a cd should be long
enough to hold beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at any tempo which was
precisely 72 minutes.

48. 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.

49. Bill Gates math SAT score was a perfect 800.

50. When Windows 3.1 was launched, 3 million copies were sold in the first two

51. Windows 95 can run on 386DX at 20 Megahertz, with just 4 MB of RAM.

52. David Bradley wrote the code for [Ctr]+[Alt]+[Delete] key sequence.

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Computer Science Graduate Student @ Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA



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