Fun Facts about Computers

Fun Facts About Computers

Attention Pirates Of The World: Please stop stealing this content. It ain't that good.

The only capability a computer has is the circuitry to detect the difference between two voltages. A digital signal is either 'high' or low, 'true' or 'false'. Computer Engineers use this capability as the building block to create all the amazing features of modern computers.

  • Thomas Watson, founder of IBM, is sometimes quoted as asserting that the world would probably never need more than 5 computers. He was referring, of course, to main frame computers, which his company built.
  • Bill Gates dropped out of college (Harvard) before founding Microsoft.
  • Early hard drives in Personal Computers held 20 MB, or 20 Megabytes, and cost about $800. By comparison, an $8 flash drive holds 2 GB, or 2 Gigabytes. That's a 100-fold decrease in price and a 100-fold increase in capacity.
  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers from parts they got for free from their employers. They originally approached their employers with their idea for a 'personal computer', but they were rebuffed. They were actually encouraged to scrounge spare parts from work and complete their project in their spare time.
  • The computer mouse, the windowing GUI, laser printing, and the network card were all developed at one company; Xerox in Palo Alto, California.
  • The computer in your cell phone has more processing power than all the computers in the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander that put 2 men on the moon.
  • Static electricity so mild that humans don't even feel it can destroy computer circuitry.
  • The popular programming language COBOL was invented by Admiral Grace Hopper, the first female admiral in the US Navy.
  • Edsger Dijkstra is credited with the quote "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."


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jade 7 years ago

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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Mikejones 6 years ago

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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1234 6 years ago

thanks a lot!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@1234 : You're welcome. Stop by any time for more fun facts about computers.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Gates and Apple were successful thieves.

With all the IP lawyers today, they couldn't have done it.

Gates could have developed a better version than the brain dead CPM.

Apple basically used the creation of PARC.

Microsoft took over the IBM methodology of marketing new products that weren't developed as if they were on the shelf. The product that shipped had a lot of the air out of it and it took major adjustments to get it sort of working. Every new product was a promise on top of a promise that this was the product of the century, or ME.

Actually IBM had a better and even multitasking OS when Microsoft was selling PC DOS. Microsoft did better marketing in the PC world than IBM. But they did share the same method of vaporware and service packs.

my opinion.


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queens 5 years ago

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@hey sup: Yo dude.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

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someone 4 years ago

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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@someone: I'm as horrified as you are.


hi there 2 years ago

not worth stealing.

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