Wednesday, May 2


  • Ever wondered where the ubiquitous Laptop came from?

It is believed that the Laptop’s great granddaddy was the Gavilan SC, a truly portable computer introduced back in 1983

  • The first 1 GB hard drive was sold in 1950s, weighed 250 kg and cost about $40,000. Imagine carrying that bad boy in your back pack!

  • The first Apple II computers that went on sale in 1977 had 1MHz processor speed and 4kB of RAM Named after the McIntosh variety of Apples, the first Macintosh was released in 1984. It was the first commercially successful personal computer to have a graphical user interface and a mouse

  • According to the UNEP(United Nations Environmental Programme), each year, the world generates 20 million to 50 million metric tons of e waste

  • You've heard of computerbugs right? Minor glitches in code that hamper smooth operation. But in 1947, when a computer (Harvard Mark 1) was running a test of it’s multiplier and adder function engineers noticed something was wrong despite rechecking everything. On further investigation engineers found a moth in Panel F, Relay #70 of the system. The moth was trapped, removed and taped into the computer’s logbook with the words: “first actual case of a bug being found.”

  • It’s surprising but Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, while Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T

  • A study by Dell some time ago claimed that 12,000 laptops go lost, missing or are stolen each week in the US !

  • Although the iPod started selling in 2001 it wasn’t until 1.5 years later that Apple sold a Windows compatible iPod – the second generation iPod

  • did You know? About 85% of microwave radiation emitted by a cellphone is absorbed by your head.

  • The worst MS-DOS virus ever, Michelangelo (1991) was so named because it activated itself on March 6, the birth day of the famous renaissance painter. The virus attacked the boot sector of hard drives and any  floppy drive inserted into a computer. Upon activation it destroyed data.

  • The most expensive laptop in the world costs a whopping 1 milion dollars and is produced by Luvaglio, the luxury technology makes from London. Reportedly only one is ever going to be made and in typical fashion is going to be encrusted with all sorts of precious metals and gems.

  • Co-founder of Intel Gordon Moore is widely known for “Moore’s Law,” in which he predicted that the number of transistors the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year.

Source: Digit Magazine