Lesser-Known Facts About Computers


Computers significantly changed the way of living. In the past, people did not have access to different things. Today, however we use computers all the time, we make business presentations, chat with friends, plan trips and meetings, etc. Due to the fact that everything depends on computers, people in IT industry strive to invent different networking products that will provide superior reliability and performance of computers. Since, growing number of people travel with their laptops, also known as notebooks, it is important to protect them. A notebook trolly is a perfect accessory when traveling. But, did you know that the first laptop was invented in 1968 by Alan Kay. Here are few more interesting facts about computers you most likely didn’t know.

  • The first computer ever made was the Z1 in 1936 by Konrad Zuse. Three years later, a new fully-functioning computer, named Z2 was developed.
  • In 1986, the first computer virus, boot sector virus, was created by the Farooq Alvi brothers.
  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first Apple computer.
  • Did you know that we normally blink 20 times in one minute? However, when at the computer, we only blink 7 times a minute.
  • The first mouse was invented by Douglas Englebart in 1964. He created the device simply using a wooden box and installing two perpendicular wheels on the bottom.
  • Did you know that one of the world’s leading computer manufacturer Hewlett Packard was started in 1939 in a garage at Palo Alto.
  • Few people know that a static electricity can destroy the computer circuitry, but is so mild for humans that we do not even feel it.
  • Computers installed in cell phones have great processing power. In fact, it is greater than the combined power of all computers in the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander, the first vehicle that landed on the moon.
  • Did you know that the only difference between a server cabinet and a network cabinet is in the depth and airflow. A server cabinet is larger and deeper, where as a network cabinet is smaller because it is used for storing networking products like switches, routers and other networking equipment.
  • The Interface Message Processor(IMP) was the first minicomputer or packet-switching node with special purpose to interconnect participant networks to the ARAPANET from the late 1960s to 1989. This minicomputer today is known as router and is one of the networking products that connects at least two networks.
  • Another interesting fact about computer viruses is that your PC cannot be infected if you do not activate or download infected files from the internet.