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Bits, Bytes, and Size

Next time you complain about the pitiful memory capacity of your old 8GB iPod Touch, it’s worth remember what makes up eight whole gigabytes. Computer science grads will know that in every gigabyte, there’s 1024 megabytes; 1024 kilobytes in a megabyte, and 1024 bytes in a kilobyte. Breaking it down to the lowest level, you’ve got 8 bits in a byte.

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The First Computer Virus Was Created Out Of A Clean Heart

When computers are harmed by viruses, usually there is some malice behind their creation, but not on this occasion. In 1983, Fred Cohen, who is known as the inventor of computer virus defense techniques, made a parasitic application that would infect computers. He called it a computer virus and the virus’ primary function was to infect a computer, and make copies of itself by spreading from one machine to the other through a floppy disk. The virus was not created out of pure malice or some revenge scheme, but to show to the world that such a thing was definitely possible and that appropriate measures should be taken in order to counter such threats. Looking at the slew of computer viruses that are harmful to our machines, we would assume that his advice was not taken seriously, despite the fact that we have a plethora of antivirus programs at our disposal.

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Thanks to Google Instant, you can’t actually use the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button anymore

‘Google Instant’ starts searching for whatever you type as soon as you type it, thereby leaving no time or possibility to click that button. The ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button apparently cost the company $110 million every year, because it would bypass all ads to go to the top search immediately.

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The very first computer game did not make any money

Looking at the large cluster of incomplete gaming titles we have that can only complete your entire experience should you choose to purchase DLC and other content, it is quite astonishing to hear that the very first computer game that came into existence did not make any money. Spacewar, which took a total of 200 hours to be completed thanks to Steve Russell and his game development team, the game involved two players to take control of two tiny spaceships. It became your mission to destroy your opponent’s spaceship before it destroyed you and we can safely say that this could be the forerunner for destroying your friendships.

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The first computers were powered by steam

No, not the platform Steam, but actual steam, stuff that made it possible for vehicles and trains to become locomotive. In 1801, a French weaver and merchant, Joseph Marie Jacquard had invented a power loom that could base the design of a fabric upon punched wooden cards. Later on, during the 1830s, the very first computing devices was as large as a house and was powered by six steam engines and guess who created it? Charles Babbage, who is regarded as the father of computing, and he called his invention as the Analytic Engine.

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If computer programming were a country, it would be the third most diverse for languages spoken

Papua New Guinea has approximately 836 indigenous languages spoken, making it the number one country when it comes to linguistic diversity. Second on that list is Indonesia, with more than 700 and Nigeria, with over 500 indigenous languages.All notable programming languages known to man, both those in current use and historical ones, amount to 698 languages. If it were a country, computer programming would be in bronze medal position. We don’t recommend you try and learn them all.

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The first computer “bug” was named after a real bug

While the term ‘bug’ in the meaning of technical error was first coined by Thomas Edison in 1878, it took another 6o years for someone else to popularize the term. In 1947, Grace Hopper, an admiral in the US Navy, recorded the first computer ‘bug’ in her log book as she was working on a Mark II computer. A moth was discovered stuck in a relay and thereby hindering the operation. Before it was recorded on her note, the moth had been ‘debugged’ from the system.

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Illegal prime numbers EXIST

Illegal prime numbers exist. An illegal prime is a prime number that represents information which is forbidden to possess or distribute. For example, when interpreted in a particular way, a certain prime describes a computer program that bypasses the digital rights management scheme used on DVDs

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