Friday, 19 September 2008

PC Nutshells

My friend, CY forwarded this email. I found these information pretty amusing and I would like to share it.

From, it wrote : Computers that think, cars that drive themselves and now monkeys that control robots. Here are a few factoids to keep you abreast of some of the crazy things that are going on out there.

·Internet Growth
While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.

·Who's Online?
There are approximately 1,319,872,109 people on the Internet.

MySpace reports over 110 million registered users. Were it a country, it would be the tenth largest, just behind Mexico.

·How Many Devices?
By the year 2012 there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the Internet.

·Life online
The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, has exchanged 250,000 e-mails, instant and text messages and has spent 10,000 hours on the mobile phone.

·Love Online
One of every 8 married couples in the US last year met online.

·Texting the World
The number of text messages sent and received in a given day is greater than the world's population.

·Computer Blink
The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute, less than half the normal rate of 20.

·Email is older but not by much
E-mail has been around longer than the World Wide Web.

·First Banner
The first banner advertising was used in 1994.

·Africa is fastest growing..
Somalia, a north-African country, boasts the highest percentage growth of Internet users in the world going from a mere 200 in 2000 to 90,000 in 2007

·Cold but Online
Iceland has the most Internet users per capita of any country in the world with over 86 percent of people using the Web, compared with only 69 percent of Americans.

·Got Mail?
About 183 billion e-mail messages are sent every day by about 1.2 billion e-mail users around the world.

·Instant Messaging is Growing
There are approximately 1.06 billion instant messaging accounts worldwide.

·Domain Names - Get Yours Now
Domain names are being registered at a rate of more than one million names every month.

·Not Just any Mouse
The first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood.

·The World's First Computer
The world's first computer, called the Z1, was invented by Konrad Zuse in 1936. His next invention, the Z2 was finished in 1939 and was the first fully functioning electro-mechanical computer.

These were originally controls for an aircraft's ailerons and elevators. The name "joystick" is thought to originate with early 20th century French pilot Robert Esnault-Pelterie. There are also competing claims on behalf of fellow pilots Robert Loraine, James Henry Joyce and Mr A.E. George. The latter was a pioneer aviator who with his colleague Mr. Jobling built and flew a biplane at Newcastle, England in 1910. He is alleged to have invented the "George Stick" which became more popularly known as the joystick.

·Not for Everyone
Approximately 365 million people in the world have computers while half of the world's 6.5 billion population has never seen or used a telephone.

·Flight Simulator Sets the Standard
In the 1980s, an IBM computer wasn't considered 100 percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft Flight Simulator.

·Please Press the Octothorpe key
The pound key (#) symbol's true name is octothorpe.

·World Champion Chess Player - but no re-matches
The chess-playing computer created by IBM called Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in a game of chess in May 1997. Kasparov demanded a rematch, to which IBM replied with a resounding, "no way."

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