12 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Computers

12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Computers.
They book our hotels. They buy our books. They bring us the latest TV. They tell us where we are when we’re lost. In short, modern computers do everything. You might think you know a lot about them. However, here’s some facts we’re willing to bet you don’t know.

Over 6,000 new computer viruses are released every month. So, y’know: sleep tight.

The first computer mouse-waaaay back in 1964- was designed by a chap called Doug Engelbert, and constructed out of wood. Yes, wood.

The average human being blinks around 20 times in a minute. A computer user blinks only 7!

The very first electro-mechanical computer was called the Z2, and was developed back in 1939. The same year was broke out. Not that we’re paranoid.

It’s estimated that by the end of 2012, there will be a rather ridiculous 17 billion devices that connect to the internet.

The internet might be a veritable feast of information, but in actuality five in six online pages are focused with, er, adults in mind.

Over one million domain names per month are registered online. That’s a lot of internet, right there.

Facebook boasts over 800 million users. Were it a country, it would be the third largest in the world behind India and China. See? It’s not just your addiction.

The first hard drive in history was created by Seagate in 1979, and could take a grand total of 5mb-the equivalent of one song in mp3 format (and a shortfish one at that).

If you find wiring for a plug difficult, spare a thought for those responsible for the nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra, which contains a quite ridiculous 222 million transistors.

Organised crime syndicates are responsible for 20.70% of online viruses. Not quite the actions of Don Corleone, but still something to think about.

The original engineers who designed the IBM PB were nicknamed ‘The Dirty Dozen’. That explains fact 6, then.

12 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Computers

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This infographic comes from the excellent chaps over at the Remark Group, and focuses on those computing facts that might surprise, amuse and even slightly alarm you. Enjoy!
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