Twenty Helpful Tech Trivia
Every single day, the advancement of technology brings shock to humanity. The potential of robotic workers, flying cars, and digital currency are not things of daydreams anymore. From the days our ancestors used hieroglyphs to write, to the digital means that we are used to today, we are definitely grateful for the comfort that technology has provided us through the years.
The amazing wonderment of technological circus shows will always be trending. So, here are 20 tech trivia you should not miss!
- Alexa – Just like what Siri has been doing for years, Alexa is eavesdropping on your conversations. Every day. The smart AI does this to improve its service and communication with its owner. Don’t worry–you can review and delete your Alexa’s recordings.
- Spam Email – Yes, “spam mail” was named after the famous canned meat. The coiners claimed that both the despicable emails and Spam meat were “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”. Do you agree?
- Xbox homescreen sound effect – Sound clips from actual transmissions and chatter from the Apollo missions will be heard if you left the original version of Xbox on the home screen for a while.
- Alarm Clock – Invented by Levi Hutchins in 1787, the first-ever alarm clock could ring at 4 a.m. only. No wonder they were redesigned in 1876!
- Android – Be careful misgendering “Android”, because his name literally means “a human with a male robot appearance”. The female equivalent of Android is “Gynoid”.
- Apple Smoking Ban – Another good reason to quit smoking? Apple has a “smoking” ban on their computers, which means if you smoke while using any of their computers, it will void the warranty.
- Facebook Security– Here’s a way to make your Facebook scroll a bit productive: If you find and report a bug or any security vulnerabilities in Facebook’s code, they will pay you $500…at minimum.
- Bern-Lee’s Webpage – Tim Berners-Lee’s first webpage from 1991 is still running and functioning. Check it out here: info.cern.ch.
- Bitcoin – Sorry to disappoint you, but there are only 21 million Bitcoins, in total, that can be mined. Although it might be nice for Bitcoins to be unlimited, this would devalue the currency. Hence, rendering it worthless. We can’t really have it all.
- Creeper (Computer Virus) – The very first computer virus created was a mere prankster play. The virus, named Creeper, was developed In 1971. Working like a smart strategist, Creeper was made to experiment how the virus will spread between computers. When caught by this virus, your monitor will display the message: “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!”. Not harmless, yes, but definitely creepy.
- Google Operation – Daily operation requires Google the same amount of energy used by 200, 000 homes. That is about 0.013% of the entire globe’s energy usage. Not entirely surprising, knowing that Google is one of the biggest conglomerates on earth. This sounds like an environmental hazard, but don’t worry. They purchase carbon offsets to make sure they don’t leave any carbon footprint.
- Jiffy – “I’ll be back in a jiffy!” is not gibberish at all. In fact, a “jiffy” is a real measurement! A “jiffy” amounts to 10 milliseconds to be exact. It refers to the length of one cycle of the computer’s system clock – about 10 milliseconds. Or in physics, a “jiffy” stands for the amount of time that it takes light to travel one centimeter.
- New Zealand test site – The special place where tech companies often like to test their latest products is in New Zealand. The country’s vast diversity, with its major language being English, became a great testing ground. Most especially, New Zealand is somewhat isolated from the mainstream, so news of failing tech products will remain unheard of for quite a long time.
- Internet Traffic – Another creepy trivia: Most of internet traffic is not from real people. About 51% of internet traffic consists of non-human activity such as phishing, spammers, hacking programs, and other bot activity. Not to pass on the paranoia, but make sure your computer is secured!
- Music Digital sales – Physical music sales have been surpassed by digital sales in 2014. The decline can be traced back to when mp3 players came into fame. In 2014 only, the digital sales were at $6.85 billion, while physical sales were at $6.82 billion. It seems like your Spotify account is something to hold on to once physical music becomes obsolete. *knocking on wood*
- CAPTCHA – is not a random-letter word, too, but an acronym for “Completely Automatic Public Turning Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart”. This security mechanism is used to block bots from websites.
- Symbol @ – Now, the @ symbol was kind of random. The man who was writing email programs came up with using the “@” symbol to determine the email user and the machine they were on. He chose the “@” symbol simply because it means “at” and was not as popular as other symbols.
- Carrier Pegion vs Internet – Not until 2010, carrier pigeons were once faster than the internet. Comparing upload speeds, the pigeon delivered a USB to another internet provider in just over an hour, while an internet upload took over two hours.
- Nuclear missle’s Password – Another proof that men are simple: Passwords for the nuclear missiles were just a string of zero’s. A string of eight zero’s to be exact–for 20 years. It gets better: It needed to be written down lest it was forgotten!
- Terminatior – It seems like the European Union did not take Terminator and Ex Machina lightly, because they are currently suggesting laws that mandates an emergency kill switch into all robots. Furthermore, robot creators are required to program their robots to forbid any harm to a human.
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