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.


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)


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.


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 


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


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


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 


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


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



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


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


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


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


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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