We all love knowledge! Those little bits and bytes of information we can share to the ears of others.
This week we decided to do something a little different, and our crack team of researchers gathered a few computer trivia facts for you to add to your mind’s database, and perhaps win a round on trivia night or a game of Trivial Pursuit against your significant other.
1. 00000000 – this was the password for the computer controls of nuclear missiles of the US for total 8 years!
2. Funnily enough, one of the most successful people in the world, Bill Gates, was a college dropout. More commonly known as the founder of Microsoft, Bill dropped out of Harvard University just two years after entering in 1973.
3. The first Apple computer ever made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak was made from old parts they collected for free from the people they worked with, and did not have its own monitor. In fact, if anything, it looked a lot more like an old typewriter.
4. The first two computer games to be released in the United States were called Asteroids and Lunar Lander in 1980, they were incredibly simple, but they were gateways into the ever-growing popularity of the role-playing games in the nineties.
5. Though your teachers may have told you to never use Wikipedia as a source when writing essays or papers, around 50% of all Wikipedia vandalism is caught by a single computer program with more than 90% accuracy, and it’s becoming increasingly more accurate with each passing year. Of course, you probably still shouldn’t use Wikipedia as a source…
6. “Black hat” hacking is actually a major criminal industry, even though it’s not as easily detected as burglary or something else along those lines. Approximately 70% of malware authors are said to work under contract for organized crime syndicates. That makes it somewhat of an illegal corporate empire right under our noses.
7. It’s probably easy to pay those hackers seeing as only ten percent of the world’s money is tangible, whereas the rest of our currency is online in computers. Kind of terrifying isn’t it?
8. Something else a little terrifying, but also exciting – “Sophia” is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon. She has gone onto talk shows and traveled worldwide to show off her technological advancements. She learns every day, and recently acquired citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
9. Computer programming is presently the fastest growing occupation up to date. It’s also probably one of the safest jobs you could ever get, aside from maybe eyestrain and finger cramps.
10. The majority of computer users likely use Windows as their preferred operating system, but did you know that nine out of ten of the world’s super computers actually run on Linux? Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are all powered by it too. Linux is a secret superstar.
So, there you have it! 10 random facts about the world of computers! May you use this knowledge in good health. Stay tuned to the No Ware Journal as you never know when we will gather more for the curious mind to process!