Technology has become an integral part of our lives. We use it for communication, entertainment, work, and everything in between. However, there are many fascinating bits of tech trivia that we may not know, which can change the way we look at technology. Here are some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about:
1. The first computer virus was created in 1983 by a 15-year-old boy named Rich Skrenta. It was called “Elk Cloner,” and it infected Apple II computers through floppy disks.
2. The QWERTY keyboard that we use today was designed to slow down typing. It was created in the 1800s to prevent typewriter keys from jamming, as the most commonly used letters were spaced out.
3. The first mobile phone was created in 1973 by Motorola. It weighed 2.5 pounds and cost $3,995, which is equivalent to over $20,000 in today’s money.
4. The average person spends over 5 years of their life on social media. That’s 1 hour and 40 minutes every day.
5. The first webcam was created at the University of Cambridge to monitor if the coffee pot was empty or not.
6. Google’s original name was “Backrub.” It was later changed to Google, which is a play on the word “googol,” meaning a number that is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros.
7. The first-ever email was sent in 1971 by computer engineer Ray Tomlinson. He sent the message to himself and described it as something “that most likely would not be meaningful to anyone other than myself.”
8. The first video uploaded to YouTube was in April 2005, called “Me at the Zoo.” It shows co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure.
9. The first commercial compact disc (CD) was produced in 1982. It was the first technology to allow digital sound recording and playback.
10. The first text message was sent in 1992 by a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth. The message simply said “Merry Christmas.”
These bits of tech trivia may seem small, but they offer a glimpse into the history and development of technology. It’s fascinating to see how far we have come in such a short period of time. As technology continues to evolve, we can only imagine what new discoveries and inventions will be made.