Technology has made an incredible advancement over the past 20 years, and the future of technology to some may seem unsettling, while to others it may be exciting. Here we’re going to look at 100 interesting facts about old-school technology, as well as present and futuristic tech.
- The English word for red panda is ‘Firefox’ which is where the browser gets its name from – this means the Firefox logo is actually a red panda, not a fox!
- In 1994, the company who had a patent on GIFs tried to charge a fee for using GIFS. The PNG was invented as an alternative, and the company backed down.
- The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.
- Google rents out goats from a company called California Grazing to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush at Google HQ!
- The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, was a college drop out.
- Bill Gates house was designed using a Macintosh Computer.
- The word robot comes from the Czech “robota“. This translates into forced labor, or work.
- CD’s (Compact discs) read from the inside to the outside edge, which is the reverse of how records work.
- You cannot reverse a Bitcoin transaction, or be forced to pay.
- The average computer user blinks seven times a minute, the normal rate is twenty times per minute.
- The first ever VCR (Video Camera Recorder), which was made in 1956, was the size of a piano!
- On an average work day, a typist’s fingers travel about 12.6 miles.
- The 30th of November is known as “Computer Security Day“.
- On 1st April 2005, NASA pulled a prank telling the world that they had found water on Mars.
- The radio took 38 years to reach a market audience of 50 million. The television took 13 years and the iPod only took 3 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.
- Using a hands-free device to talk on the phone while driving is shown to be equally or more dangerous than driving drunk.
- If you were to have your picture taken by the very first camera, you’d need to sit still for 8 hours.
- A dentist named Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair.
- The creators of the PNG file format wanted it to be pronounced as ‘ping’.
- Credit card EMV chip technology has been around since 1986. It was first implemented in France, with Germany following shortly after.
- Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.
- The Apple II had a hard drive of only 5 megabytes when it was launched in June 1977.
- Q33 was the first plane to hit during 9/11 in 2001, when you type in Q33 in Microsoft’s Wingding’s font, a very sinister thing appears; Q33
- In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
- Although GPS is free for the world to use, it costs $2 million per day to operate. The money comes from American tax revenue.