14 most Interesting facts – Part V

1. 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.

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2. Currently there is room for 4.3 billion addresses on the Internet with only 925.58 million addresses unused; there are countries currently implementing IPv6, which will greatly expand the number of addresses (IPv6 are 128 bits long versus only 32 bits in IPv4)

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3. In 1978 the first spam e-mail was dispatched to about 400 people on the Arpanet (Arpanet was designed for the Department of Defense and was a precursor to the current internet); it was a plug from a marketing representative at Digital Equipment Corporation for the new Decsystem-20 computer.

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4. 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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5. The name Yahoo! is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” 

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6. CISCO is not an acronym as popularly believed, it is short for San Francisco 

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7. Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce wanted to name their new company “Moore Noyce” but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics, now known as Intel 

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8. To decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin 

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9. No one using Microsoft Windows can create or rename a folder anywhere on a computer which can be named as “CON”

 

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10. You cannot reverse a Bitcoin transaction, or be forced to pay

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11.Melissa computer virus affected about 20% of world’s computers. Melissa creator, David L. Smith, was sentenced for 10 years in jail.

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12. Ninety-one percent of all adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach every hour of every day.

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13. Ninety percent of text messages are read within three minutes of being delivered.

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14. RadioShack was one of the first companies to start the personal computer revolution, back in 1970, with its TRS-80.

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