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14 Fun Facts on Information Technology

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Fun facts involve historical, research, statistical and trivial information. Knowing them can give you an insight into how things work in the world of information technologists. Here we lay them.

Changing fonts can save ink

Fonts come in different styles such as times new roman, san serif, serif, Garamond etc. Choosing a light font can save time and money. But if you’re printing a few pages, that can be hardly noticeable. Saving ink is a must since many ink brands are expensive especially those who use electric cartridges.

5 megabytes (MB) of storage weighed a ton in 1956

Random Access Method of Accounting & Control (RAMAC) is a storage device that occupies a whole cabinet weighing 1, 000 kg and constituting more than 50 aluminium disks coated with magnetic iron oxide. It also contains a disk that can rotate at 1, 200 rpm (rounds per minute). The computer comes with additional parts such as a central processing unit, card reader unit, power supply unit and a printer. IBM estimated that their machine can store data with an equivalent of 64, 000 punched cards. The price expensive – about $3, 200.

A website keeps track of the internet age determines how many days the internet is in existence. It shows a day counter that changes according to the server’s time zone. You can also know your age when the internet was launched.

The Deep or Dark Web contains vast content of info

Deep or Dark web is a region of the internet inaccessible to the common or standard search engines such as Google, Bing, DuckDuck Go, Yandex and Yahoo. Visiting the Dark Web can be spooky or unnerving because you can find some things deemed illegal. Using web browsers for access isn’t illegal but using it to buy firearms, illegal drugs and illegal pornography is against the law. On top of that, you could risk running into hackers and identity thieves. If you’re not used to viewing disturbing content, using the deep web isn’t recommended.

Nintendo used to sell playing cards

In 1889, Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi – a craftsman from Shimogyo-Ku Japan. It runs a business selling hand-painted game cards which are called “Hanafuda”.  In the early 1970s and 1980s, the company ventured into selling toys and video games (family computer, game boy,  Wii) which forever cemented their place in the video gaming industry.

Google’s first tweet was in binary.

In 2009, Google tweeted a series of ones and zeros or binary which is gibberish to many who don’t know about binary translation. The Code means “I’m feeling lucky”.

The oldest video on YouTube

A video titled “Me at the Zoo” is the oldest on Youtube. It was uploaded on April 24, 2005, 8:31: 52 p.m and recorded on April 23, 2005, at 3:31:52 a.m. It runs for 18-seconds. The video shows Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of Youtube. As of June 29, 2021, the clip has 171, 034, 537 views, 8 million likes and 190, 000 dislikes. Here’s the link.

Computer as powerful as the human brain

While computers as powerful as the human brain don’t exist, if they do, they could process 38 thousand operations a second and make 3, 580 terabytes of memory.


CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – Captchas are tests found when accessing a webpage or using the services. It was designed to prevent automated software, also called bots used to run websites. Captchas use images and puzzles to match pieces or answer questions such as finding a photo that contains a cat or bird. The puzzle may also use buttons to control the orientation of an object.

Information technology certifications

An IT certification gives you an edge over those who don’t have one. A certificate is proof that you passed a competency or training and is qualified to perform a job. Some of the most common and in-demand IT certifications include:

  • Certificate Ethical Hacker – CEH

  • Certified Information Security Manager – CISM

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate – CCNA

  • Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect

  • Oracle Certified MySQL Database Administrator – CMDBA

  • Project Management Professional – PMP

A petabyte is a very big data

It has been estimated that the movie avatar required 1 PB of storage to render graphics. At the year of this writing, there’s a Petabyte hard drive used by Microsoft. The company used a hermetically sealed glass that is away from air. Data reading is made by lasers. How much info can a 1-petabyte hold? Well, it can hold 11, 000 4k resolution movies. To finish watching all that movies will require you over 2.5 years of marathon watching.

  • 1 GB is equivalent to 1, 024 MB or 1, 048, 576 KB.

  • 1 Terabyte is equivalent to 1, 024 GB

  • 1 Petabyte holds 1, 024 Terabyte

The first computer mouse

Douglas Engelbart along with Bill English developed and invented the world’s first computer mouse. Douglas named the device the X-Y Position Indicator for the Display. Asked why the computer mouse is called a mouse, Douglas said that the device reminds him of the rodent which is easier to remember than the X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.

Wikipedia is maintained by Bots

It’s next to impossible to maintain millions of Wikipedia pages. That job goes to the bots or automated software that maintain pages of different languages. In English alone, there are more than 52 million pages. The bots perform style correction, spelling correction and new page creation. The programs can revert the pages if edits were identified as spam, hate speech or vandalism. Anyone who is programming savvy can make bots but they go under approval by Bot Approval Group before such programs can maintain Wikipedia.

Google rents Goats as natural lawnmowers

Google rents goats from California Grazing – a company that provides land management and weed control services. The company’s herders bring 200 goats to the Google campus so that they can roam and eat grass while at the same time fertilise the field with their feces. The herd of 200 goats benefits include silent mowing and less pollution.

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