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7 Facts about technology that WILL surprise you

28th December 2022
Who doesn’t love a fact? That little bit of supreme knowledge, that if you have, and you’re able to divulge, gives you the opportunity to stand tall for a proud moment amongst your family, friends, and your enemies. OK, we’re probably hamming it up a bit, but in this very short post, we’ve compiled a list of 10 weird and surprising technology facts that you’re welcome to use as your own, to help give your reputation the boost it needs.

1. Email existed before the worldwide web Img Back in the days before Tim Burners-Lee invented the Worldwide Web and brought easy-to-use URLs into our lives, you could still send a basic email message, but it wasn’t quite as straightforward as it is today.

The process involved using a rotary telephone (the type anyone over 40 had in their home growing up) and a modem to create a connection to Micronet, an early platform of numbered webpages including email on page number 7776.

2. Domain name registrations were free until 1995 Img You might have had the pleasure of registering your business’s domain name, via one of the many domain name providers, and paid the small, or sometimes extremely large fee for the privilege.

However, if you wanted to register a domain name before 1995, it was totally free, as no one could foresee how the internet would grow. Then, in 1995 a company called Network Solutions ruined it all by gaining the rights to charge.

3. CAPTCHA stands for… Img We’ve all been there – looking closely at the images of street scenes to work out which one has a bus, lorry or lamppost in it, before we can move on with our application, or open an account etc.

The tool that devises these tests is called a CAPTCHA, with its main purpose being to check you’re not a robot, hence CAPTCHA standing for ‘Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.

4. The QWERTY keyboard was invented to slow you down Img Ever wondered why the keys of a keyboard are all over the place, instead something more logical? Well, there are a couple of theories, but one of the most likely is that the QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow you down.

And it sort of makes sense – because if the keys were laid out in a logical order, it was thought you’d end up typing too fast (you speedy little devil) which could possibly lead to the keys of your old fashioned typewriter getting jammed.

And if you’re interested – the Dvorak Keyboard, an alternative to the QWERTY keyboard was designed in the 1930s, and was set out with all the vowels and punctuation marks to the left and the consonants to the right.

5. 5 Megabytes of data used to weigh 1 ton Img Firstly, a megabyte is the word for 1,000,000 bytes of information stored in a hard drive. So, for the pedants out there, this fact is more about the weight of the hard drive (storage method) than the megabyte itself.

And, in 1956 when IBM introduced the RAMAC, the very first computer which had a device similar to todays hard drives, capable of storing 1 megabyte of information, the whole unit including its cabinet and 50 disks, weighed 1000kg.

6. The Russians built a water computer Img In the 1920s, to ensure quality and durability, Russian builders would only pour concrete during the summer when temperatures were warm and constant. Problem was, when winter came and it got below 0°, cracks would appear.

Then along came Russian engineer, Vladimir Lukyanov who invented the Water Integrator, which was basically a computer made from a complex system of waterpipes which helped engineers visualise how much water to use in cement.

The Water Integrator was actually so successful, it went on being used to help engineers right up until the 1980s when the smaller and more compact digital computers we know today, were introduced.

7. Wikipedia has an army of anti-vandal bots Img If like most of us, you use Wikipedia to get some free knowledge, you’re probably aware that anyone can essentially sign up and maliciously edit/vandalise pages by deleting or altering facts.

Sadly, this form of online vandalism is too much to monitor for the Wikipedia team alone, so they use an army of bots which track of each of its 57,110,644 pages, and quickly restore pages that have been edited with malice in mind.

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