The Lighter Side:image11The First Computer Bug

Was Actually A Moth? 

  • The first actual computer “bug” was a dead moth stuck in a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.
  • Big banks don’t process checks and debit card charges to your account in the order they’re received, but instead use a computer program that selects the biggest amounts first and charges them against your account, emptying your account faster and resulting in more overdraft fees (profit).
  • In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first “SUPER” computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data.
  • A computer as powerful as the human brain would be able to perform about 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold about 3,584 terabytes of memory.
  • The first entirely computer-generated movie sequence in cinema history was the Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The studio that made the scene would later become Pixar.
  • CAPTCHA is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”
  • MIT has developed computer software that can identify and distinguish a real smile from a smile of frustration.