|50 Amazing Facts|
1. 60 billion emails are sent daily, 97% of which are spam.
2. Spam generates 33bn KWt-hours of energy every year, enough to power 2.4 million homes, producing 17 million tons of CO2.
3. 9 out of every 1,000 computers are infected with spam.
4. Spammer get 1 response to every 12 million emails they send (yet it still makes them a small profit).
5. A twillionaire is a twitterer with a million or more followers.
6. There are more than 1 billion computers in use.
7. There are some 2 billion TV sets in use.
8. There are more than 4 billion cell phones in use.
9. About 3 million cell phones are sold every day.
10. The first known cell phone virus, Cabir.A, appeared in 2004.
11. Since 2008, video games have outsold movie DVDs.
12. Amazon sells more e-books than printed books.
13. Facebook has more than 1.3 billion registered users; about 100 million of those are fake
14. About 3 billion people connect to the Internet, 850 million of them speak English.
15. Google indexed it’s 1 trillionth unique URL on July 25, 2008. That is thought to be about 20% of all the pages on the Internet but a high percentage of the World Wide Web (the public Internet).
16. One google search produces about 0.2g of CO2. But since you hardly get an answer from one search, a typical search session produces about the same amount of CO2 as does boiling a kettle.
17. The word robot comes from the Czech “robota.” In English, robota translates to “forced labor.
18. A red panda is native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. Translated, the English word for red panda is “Firefox,” which is where the browser gets its name.
19. Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.
20. The Apple II had a hard drive of only 5 megabytes when it was launched.
21. In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
22. Ubuntu is one of the more popular distributions of Linux. The word Ubuntu comes from an African word meaning “I am because of you”.
23. The Name “Macintosh” Was Inspired by an Apple with the name “mcintosh”.
24. In 1932 Professor August Dvorak created the Dvorak keyboard, which was made to be superior to the standard QWERTY keyboard.
25. Doug Engelbart created the very first computer mouse from wood in 1964.
26. Christopher Sholes invented the QWERTY keyboard in 1868.
27. The Apple Lisa was the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse.
28. The Apple Lisa was released in June 1983.
29. In 1822, Charles Babbage created the first computer.
30. 1024 Gigabytes is equal to 1 Terabyte.
31. 1024 Terabytes is equal to 1 Petabyte .
32. 1 Petabyte can hold 13.3 years of HD-TV video.
33. 86% of people try to plug their USB devices upside down.
34. The last game for the Sega Mega Drive was released in 2010 and was so popular it sold out before release.
35. Since 2008, video games have outsold DVD’s each year.
36. Microsoft’s third Xbox console is the Xbox One and was released on 22nd November 2013.
37. The average age of gamers in the United States is 35.
38. In 2010, the United States Air Force used 1,760 Playstation 3’s to build a supercomputer for the
Department of Defense. They used PS3’s because it was more cost efficient and “green”.
39. The Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit console in the market.
40. The Dreamcast was the first console which allowed real-time online play feature.
41. Surgeons who grew up playing video games make 37% fewer mistakes.
42. Tech companies often test new products in New Zealand. The reasons for this? The country is diverse, its residents speak English, and if a product is a flop, news doesn’t spread as fast because it is relatively isolated.
43. In 2012, NYU-Poly constructed a robotic fish and placed it in a tank of golden shiners. The robot simulated the fishes’ motions so well, It was eventually accepted and became their leader.
44. There used to be fake Apple stores in China. They were so fake, in fact, that even the staff were convinced they were working for Apple.
45. There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time — it’s almost entirely manned by robots.
46. Carrier pigeons beat internet upload speed as late as in 2010. They actually sent pigeons over with USB sticks the same time they started uploading a video over broadband. The pigeons won.
47. Phantom Vibration Syndrome is the name given when someone thinks their phone is vibrating but isn’t.
48. Google handles about 1 billion search queries per day, releasing some 200 tons of CO2 per day.
49. The average US household uses 10.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) electricity per year.
50. Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, more than most countries. However, google generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels.
1. The first public cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper.
2. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first cell phone sold in the US; launched on April 11, 1984,
it was designed by Rudy Krolopp and weighed 2
3. One of the first Computer Science Ph.D.’s was earned by a nun.
4. If you find a security bug in Facebook’s code, they are willing to pay big money (like $500 and upwards) for you to tell them about it.