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Fun Facts about Computers

Updated on September 9, 2011

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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      hi there 3 years ago

      not worth stealing.

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

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

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      someone 5 years ago

      this is horrible. nothing interesting.

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @wolf: Tell us why.

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      wolf 5 years ago

      i hate this web site

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      nats 6 years ago

      i luv ya all..... such cool info..... u guys r so cooolllllll

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Ashish rath: less than what?

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      Ashish rath 6 years ago

      the amount of info is very less-!!!!!!

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      peterson njuguna 6 years ago

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      pravs 6 years ago

      oh its good

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Alaa: I'm as shocked as you are.

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      Alaa 6 years ago

      very long

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @hey sup: Yo dude.

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      queens 6 years ago

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      matthew c 7 years ago

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      OpinionDuck 7 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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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

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

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      1234 7 years ago

      thanks a lot!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Java hubs simply do not generate high volumes of comments.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Bob Smith: I agree!

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      Bob Smith 7 years ago

      this website is awesome!

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      Michael Jones 7 years ago

      just kidding ^^^

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      Mikejones 7 years ago

      no no no good at all.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I guess that means good? Thanks!

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      jade 8 years ago

      gud gud