We use computers in our daily life, and it has become an essential commodity. From mobile phones, gaming PC to massive servers, everything is a type of machine which makes our work easy and also keep us entertained.
Did you know some features on the computer you use daily but are not real?
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Here are some amazing facts about computer that will surprise you…
1. Any digital content can never be moved, it can only be copied
Most people use the cut, copy-paste features in our computers or smartphones. But, did you know you can never cut or move a file from one disk to another?
When you move a file from one path to another directory or device using the “cut” feature, It copies the file and pastes it into the destination path. But the file which was present in the old path remains in that memory itself, only the registry is cleared.
This process also occurs when you delete a file, it remains in the memory unless that space is overwritten. This is the reason why there are many software that can recover data from hard disk even when it is formatted.
So, the next time you say that you are moving or deleting a file, it means you are just copying the file and clearing the registry.
2. QWERTY keyboard was introduced to slow down the users typing speed
You might be wondering, why keys in the keyboard are not arranged according to alphabetical order (English)?
Before the invention of a traditional keyboard, people used typewriters to write, down the documents. It had keys arranged in alphabetical order. But, later on, it was noticed that due to users – fast typing speed and there were key jamming in the machine. So, Remington introduced a format called QWERTY for reducing the typing speed of the users which fixed up that issue.
3. ILOVEYOU was the most dangerous computer virus ever.
If you are using a computer, I am sure that you are familiar with a computer virus.
A virus is a code or software which destroys the system from inside out. It is considered to be a cybercrime if anyone tries to implant a virus into another system without the permission of its owner.
ILOVEYOU damaged 10% of computers all over the world and made a loss of $10 Billion. At that time, when this virus was created, there was no law against it so the creators didn’t get arrested.
How did this virus spread all over the world so quickly?
A TXT file was attached to a mail that had the malicious code. When the user clicks on that attachment it automatically sends the code to all people in the mailing list then overwrites itself and shuts the computer by making it unbootable.
4. You can not see or hear anything on the internet unless they are downloaded
Almost everyone on the internet watches videos or listen to music online, and you don’t require to download it. But do you know, it’s not true.
Every content like videos, images, music, or anything watch online first gets downloaded into your system (it might be in an encrypted format), then only you can access it.
5. All Microsoft Office files (ppt, doc, Xls) are actually of zip files
I think every person who has used a computer knows about MS office and worked in it. It is the basic operational files through which you can improve your productivity or complete any reports, presentations, managing records, etc.
Do you know these Office files are actually zip files with a different extension?
You can rename the extension of a doc file to zip and you will notice that you can access the data inside it which will be in XML format.
6. The first 1 GB hard disk introduced was priced at $40000
Nowadays, High capacity Hard disks are one of the essential components for a computer, and it is one of the cheapest components to buy right now.
Did you know? In 1980, IBM introduced the first disk drive with 1.26 GB of storage which was priced at $40000 and the size of it was the same as a refrigerator.
7. Refreshing after while turning on a computer doesn’t improve its performance
Almost everyone, while we start our computer first thing we do is, click on that refresh (F5) button and we see an increase in performance or smooth scrolling on desktop.
But, Do you know refreshing doesn’t make your computer faster to work rather add a task to your system. So now the question is why do you notice a small boost in performance after refreshing?
The answer is – When you boot your system, it always shows the cached version of desktop thumbnails, icons, and other files. Now if you want to update or run anything on your system, you have to refresh it so that the cache memory is released. Hence you see a small increase in performance.
8. The world’s first computer mouse was made out of wood
Mouse is one of the essential input devices for the present desktop. Most of the work apart from typing is done through a mouse. Nowadays, we even get a wireless mouse and trackpads.
But, do you know, the World’s first mouse was made out of wood, two metal wheels at the bottom to track the surface along with a circuit board. It was the first mouse to fit in our palms. Inventor: Douglas Engelbart
9. The first Intel Microprocessor was made actually for a calculator
Intel develops the processors like i3,i5,i7 which are used in modern computers. Intel is the biggest microprocessor development company that delivers its processor to many well-known companies like Dell, HP, Microsoft, Apple, etc.
Did you know, the first microprocessor developed by Intel was made for a calculator?
Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor used in a calculator and now, everyone with a computer knows about Intel.
10. All mankind’s work and history can be stored in a hard disk of 50 PB
There is a vast history of humans from the beginning to the technological era. Humanity has developed to an extent where they also made the things that seemed to be impossible to reality. Humans have developed many new inventions from the wheel to advanced computers.
Did you know? The complete knowledge of humanity from the recorded beginning to the present time (in all languages in the world) can be stored in 50 PB hard drive.
1 TB (Terabyte) =1000 GB (Gigabyte)
1000TB (Terabyte) = 1 PB (Petabyte)
Petabyte is a lot of storage.
10 amazing facts about computer
These exciting facts above shows how the computer has developed from the past to present technology. Computers have taken a long time to transform into small and tiny devices like smartphones, wearables, etc.