Some Tech History

1. When was the first website created?

The first website built was at CERN within the border of France, and was first put online on 6 August 1991: Info.cern.ch was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN.

2. Who wrote the first computer program?

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

3. How hotmail website got its name?

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.

4. Which is the world’s first online shopping site ?

The first secure retail transaction over the Web was either by NetMarket or Internet Shopping Network in 1994. Immediately after, Amazon.com launched its online shopping site in 1995 and eBay was also introduced in 1995.

5. Who developed the touchscreen?

E.A. Johnson is believed to be the first to developed the touchscreen in 1965. But the tablet, which was patented in 1969, could only read one touch at a time, and it was used for air traffic control until about 1995.

6. What’s Turing Award?

The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing.

7. What is mind-blowing facts about ‘hp’ brand ?

We see ‘hp’ today as a great brand. But it could have been ‘ph’ instead of ‘hp’. It was all decided by the flip of a coin. Hewlett-Packard (HP) company’s co-founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard tossed a coin to choose whether the company would be called Hewlett-Packard (HP) or Packard-Hewlett (PH). Whoever will win the toss, will have his name at first place. Hewlett won the toss and the tech company was named Hewlett-Packard.

8. How did Google get its name?

After almost calling google ‘backrub’, Larry Page’s (co-founder of google) friend, Sean, suggested googolplex, the number googol to the power of ten (one with 100 zeros). How ever Larry settled with the shorter term, googol. Sean, not realising googol was spelt with an ‘ol’ and not ‘le’ searched to see if the domain “google.com” was available. Larry liked the name google and stuck with the new made up word which we all know of today.

9. Why Bluetooth is called as Bluetooth ?

It’s named after a Danish king. Harold “Blåtand” Gormsson, king of Denmark in the 10th century, loved blueberries so much that his teeth were perpetually blue. “Bluetooth” is simply an anglicized version of his nickname.

Its range is much bigger than it used to be. Bluetooth devices can communicate up to 100 feet.

10. Who invented E-Mail?

In 1978, a 14-year-old named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai developed a computer program, which replicated the features of the interoffice, inter-organizational paper mail system. He named his program “EMAIL”. Shiva filed an application for copyright in his program and in 1982 the United States Copyright Office issued a Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-111-775, to him on the program. 

In the summer of 1978, Shiva had been recruited for programming assignments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey. One of his supervisors, Dr. Leslie P. Michelson, recognized his abilities and challenged him to translate the conventional paper-based interoffice and inter-organizational communication system (i.e., paper-based mail and memoranda) to an electronic communication system. 

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