Interesting Computers Facts!

by techtiptom

Originally posted on WIBC.com on 05/10/2010:

Interesting Computer Facts _______________________________________
An AMD 1400 computer chip running without a heatsink gets as hot as 370 degrees.

Seagate introduced the first hard drive for PC’s in 1979. It held 5 megabytes of data.

If you opened up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures; one for each member of Apple’s Macintosh division as of 1982.

The first computer company to register for a domain name was Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

Did you know that Apple & Sun came very close to a merger in 1996?

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

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

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

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

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

The QWERTY keyboard layout is 129 years old.

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

Bill Gates & Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data to monitor traffic flow.

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

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.

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.

The 4004 was the first microprocessor of intel.

The nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra video card has 222 million transistors which is the record for the maximum number of transistors on a chip.

James Gosling created Java at Sun Microsystems. He came up with the name Java while debating over it at a coffee shop.

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

What does 50 G.B 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.

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

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.

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.

Bill Gates math SAT score was a perfect 800.

Bill Gates home was designed using a Mac!

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

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