The evolution of technology has been so accelerated that what appeared as a novelty just two or three decades ago seems prehistoric. Above all, in the information science and telecommunications sector, a world in constant evolution and growth, the advances have been great.
Of course, there is an extensive bibliography on how some of these great ideas that lit the world were developed. However, there are always less known details they deserve to be counted.
For this reason, we have dedicated ourselves to collecting a series of curiosities that we hope will surprise you as much as we do. Here we leave you with a selection of 10 surprising facts you did not know about the world of technology.
Emojis have existed since 1,862
Probably due to a printing error, but the prestigious newspaper The New York Times is he responsible for the use of the first emoticon in history. We talk about the smiley face 🙂
This emoticon appeared on a copy of a transcript of a speech given by then President Abraham Lincoln in August 1862.
It was not until March 1881, that we witnessed the first intentional use (not by mistake) of an emoticon, when Puck magazine, an American publication of satirical style, published an article on typographic art.
This piece, published in the March 30, 1881 issue, portrayed different feelings such as joy, melancholy, indifference and amazement, using only typographic characters as you can see in the image above.
Of course, this does not detract from the work created by the Japanese designer Shigetaka Kurita, who is considered the father of emojis we know today. But it is curious to look back and see that such an ancient representation of our beloved emoticons.
The first domain and the first website
In the 80s, the internet was not as we know it now. And although its viability as a service at a global level has already been raisedAt the moment, its use was limited to university and military entities.
One of the few companies that saw the enormous possibilities of the platform, was the computer company Symbolics, who registered the domain symbolics.com, the first com .com ’in history, on March 15, 1985.
Special mention deserves the first website in history: http://info.cern.ch/, with a lot of information about the emergence of web pages. With an aspect that seems made by a student of an introductory course to the HTML language, on this website you can read a historical summary with the various updates and modifications of this site. What has been a true digital museum.
The origin of the word ‘bug’
‘Bug’ means ‘insect’ in English. However, if we refer to computer terms, this word serves to indicate a error or defect in the software that prevents its correct operation.
And why this term? Well, apparently, we owe it all to a moth that got stuck inside one of the first computer equipment in history, the Mark II of 1945.
In fact, this accident was recorded in a note that has given rise to very diverse legends about the origin of the term ‘bug’ to indicate computer errors. However, in that note what is really pointed out is that this would be the first case of malfunction due to an insect literally.
It seems that the term ‘bug’ has been used for a long time to indicate malfunctions in devices and systems.
– Alex Yoder (@alex_yoder) June 29, 2015
In 2015, an Australian boy named Ben Porter I pose the following challenge on Twitter: see if any of your followers was able to create a game whose source code had only 140 characters or less. That is, the extension of a tweet.
Just 72 hours later, a developer named Alex Yoder managed to overcome this challenge with a minigame called Tiny Twitch. In fact, on these lines you can see the result.
The game code has an extension of 133 characters, and his proposal invites us to click as many times as possible on an ‘X’ that is displayed on the screen. Once fifteen seconds have passed, the game will be over and we will know how many clicks we have achieved. Try it, and tell us what you think of the experience.
Origin of the symbol at the mail
‘Tomlinson @ bbn-tenexa’ was the first address that the father of the email service, Ray Tomlison, used to send his first messages. As you can see, there is still no sign of the extensions “.com” or “.org”, as they would still take time to arrive.
As some may know, the @ symbol represents the word ‘at’ which means ‘together’, ‘a’ or ‘in’. Hence, Tomlison chose it, in addition to being one of the few free symbols on the computer keyboard that were not being used.
In fact, ‘tomlinson @ bbn-tenexa’ can be read as ‘tomlinson AT bbn-tenexa’, which translated into Spanish would mean: tomlinson EN bbn-tenexa. This would be logical if we want to indicate the account and the computer where that email address is hosted.
More bots surf on the internet than people
According to the annual report of the consultancy Imperva Incapsula on the traffic of bots (software robots) on the network, carried out in 2016, most of the existing traffic on the Internet corresponds to the activity of these bots. And of this 4 years ago.
These bots are programs and applications specialized in repeating tasks and are responsible for more than 50% of the global traffic of Internet. Among their tasks, they would mainly be to collect user data, inflate website traffic, send spam, etc.
The price of the Xiaomi domain (mi.com)
Since its foundation in 2010, Xiaomi has been step by step preparing for its global expansion while positioning itself as one of the benchmarks on mobile devices.
One of the strengths of this strategy was when the Chinese moved its website to the mi.com domain, from which its entire portfolio of news could be consulted. A change that had international users in mind, so that writing was made easier to refer to the brand.
But the strength of this movement was the huge sum of money that was left in this domain consisting of two letters, which traded at $ 3.6 million. Madness? Not if your product to market is consumer and its global reach. And if not, ask those who paid 13 million in the domain ‘sex.com’ or the 35 million in ‘vacationRentals.com’.
The ‘Deep Web’
The so-called ‘Deep Web’ (Deep Web), or ‘Hidden Web’ (Hidden Web), encompasses approximately 90% of the existing content on the network, and not accessible through standard search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo.
Think of all the content that you can access from the Internet that you know and multiply it by nine. There are many, many data. But what is hidden in that ‘Deep Web’?
Well, nothing especially exotic or scary. In fact, it is very likely that you have used the ‘Deep Web’ without knowing it, such as bank accounts, academic journals, pages that contain health information or files saved in Dropbox.
The reasons why these contents are not indexed in the normal search engines can be of many types: for security, for privacy issues, or simply because they are blocked from the public.
New Zealand, the country of ‘Product Testing’
In the technology industry, when a company is preparing to launch a new product, it needs to test its functions before launching it worldwide. in order to polish possible design or manufacturing flaws.
Well, New Zealand, in addition to being the country of kiwis and hosting some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, is also famous for being the testing ground for large technology companies and software and application developers alike, for launch your products and services on a trial basis and correct what is necessary before its subsequent commercialization. How lucky are these New Zealanders!
The choice of the oceanic country as a testing laboratory is not trivial, since it brings together a series of optimal geographical and cultural conditions For this end. On the one hand, there is the fact that New Zealand is one of the most geographically isolated developed countries. This means that if a product needs to be improved, the criticism will be less expanded. Or if that product turns out to be an absolute failure among the sample of New Zealand users, the company in question may decide not to even market it.
In addition, there is also the fact that its citizens they are great techies, and always show great interest in testing new proposals by companies.
First video calls in history
One of the services most used by companies and users today, and which has been rediscovered this year 2020 as a result of the crisis by COVID-19, it has its origins in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.
Officially presented during the Berlin Olympics in 1936, the invention was baptized as Fernsehsprechstelle. This word would be made up of three roots: fernseh (TV), sprech (talk and stelle (place).
It went into operation with a fixed line linking the cities of Berlin and Leipzig by means of a Broadband coaxial cable measuring no less than 160 kilometers in length. Later, other German capitals such as Nuremberg or Munich joined the network that reached over 1,000 kilometers of cable.
So far our review of curious data from the world of technology. Hopefully you found it interesting as well as educational. Did you know any of these stories? What others do you know? Share it in the comment box.
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