There is 50% chance that you are reading this article right now on your desktop or laptop computer (the other option is your smartphone or tablet). Computers have revolutionized technology and are an integral part of our lives.
In this article we have researched some amazing and interesting facts about computers and presenting them below.
We are sure that you don’t know most of them, so you will learn something new today 🙂
Table of Contents
- 1) Top 5 Laptop Manufacturers By Market Share
- 2) This Is The Most Powerful Consumer PC In The World
- 3) The First Computer Disk Drive
- 4) What Were The Worst Computer Viruses In History?
- 5) Can Computers Simulate The Human Brain?
- 6) A Quick Comparison Of Spam Email Vs Legitimate Email
- 7) Over 90% Of World Currencies Exist On Computers
- 8) How Many Devices Are Connected To The Internet Today?
- 9) WorldWideWeb Was The World’s First Web Browser
- 10) A Worldwide Overview Of Households With Computer Access
- 11) Market Share of Desktop Computers, Mobile Devices, and Tablets
- 12) What Is The Market Share Of Various Desktop Operating Systems?
- 13) Analyzing Market Share of Popular Web Browsers
- 14) What Are The Cheapest Computers On The Planet?
- 15) These Are The Highest Paying Computer Science Jobs
- 16) CPU Market Share: Intel Vs AMD
- 17) These Are The Least Used Keys On A Computer Keyboard!
- 18) Windows Folders and Files Cannot Be These Names
- 19) The Best Operating Systems For Privacy and Security
- 20) Surprising Github Statistics
More than 40 companies manufacture laptops across the globe today. Despite that fact, five manufacturers account for more than 80% of overall market share.
Lenovo holds 25.8% of the laptop market worldwide, and HP lands at second place with 22.6%. Dell is the only other company with more than 10% market share at 16.6%. After those brands, Apple and Acer have captured nearly 10% of the market apiece.
- Lenovo: 25.8%
- HP: 22.6%
- Dell: 16.6%
- Apple: 9.1%
- Acer: 8%
Worldwide laptop shipments increased year over year in 2020. More and more consumers picked up laptops to accommodate working from home and learning from home.
Therefore, these manufacturers and others reaped the profits. Certain manufacturers managed to increase their market share during this time. For the foreseeable future, laptop sales should see steady numbers from quarter to quarter.
2) This Is The Most Powerful Consumer PC In The World
Without a doubt, the Orion X2 is the most powerful consumer PC in the world. This dual system costs an eye-watering sum of nearly $50,000.
Famed overclocker Ian “8Pack” Parry built the system to blow every other system out of the water. He started with an Phanteks Enthoo Elite case and stuffed everything inside. In this system, buyers receive two machines crammed into one case with incredible liquid cooling.
The first system features an Intel Core i9-7980XE and three NVIDIA Titan GPUs (or three 2080Ti GPUs) for incredible performance.
On the other hand, the second system “only” features an Intel Core i7-9700K or i9-9900K paired with a single NVIDIA Titan.
A custom watercooling setup keeps the machine running at sustainable temperatures. Sure, the PC is complete overkill for the average person, but better performance isn’t available anywhere else.
3) The First Computer Disk Drive
On September 14, 1956, IBM announced the IBM 350 to accompany the IBM 305 RAMAC. The IBM 350 became the first disk drive for the company’s new computer system.
United Airlines received the first production unit in November 1957. More than 50 disks measuring 24 inches in diameter comprised the drive. In the disk drive, these disks spin at 1,200 RPM during use. The IBM 350 could store a total of 3.75 MB of data.
4) What Were The Worst Computer Viruses In History?
The MyDoom worm caused $38 billion in damages throughout 2004. In fact, this worm accounted for a quarter of all outbound emails at one point.
MyDoom still generates about 1% of all phishing emails today, which is an incredible feat.
One year earlier, Sobig ravaged the internet and caused $30 billion in damages. The worm hurt a large number of businesses worldwide. The creators of both MyDoom and Sobig were never caught.
In third place, Klez caused “only” $20 billion in damages in 2001. More than 7 million PCs were infected with the virus. Klex managed to infect computers and send out fake emails. Also, the virus spoofed email addresses and even sought to deactivate other viruses. It infected almost 10% of computers worldwide during its run.
5) Can Computers Simulate The Human Brain?
People might assume that a computer could simulate the human brain. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth at present.
The human brain can perform an astounding 38 thousand trillion operations per second. It can also hold 3,584 terabytes of memory. So, if a computer would be manufactured to be comparable to the human brain, it would need to have the above performance specs.
For reference, IBM’s BlueGene supercomputer processes 92 trillion operations per second and features 8 terabytes of storage. This IBM supercomputer is one of the most powerful in the world, so it’s still far behind the human brain.
6) A Quick Comparison Of Spam Email Vs Legitimate Email
In September 2020, spam comprised 47% of all email traffic worldwide. Billions upon billions of emails are sent and received each day.
A large percentage of these emails are spam or marketing emails. Not all marketing emails consist of spam, but consumers often lump these types of emails together.
From an origin standpoint, Russia distributes the most unsolicited emails worldwide with nearly 25% of the overall total.
7) Over 90% Of World Currencies Exist On Computers
More than 90% of the world’s currency exists in digital format. Only about 10% of currency comes in physical form, which makes sense after additional consideration.
These days, most large money transfers occur electronically rather than with physical cash. Even consumers make small transfers to pay for things via debit or credit card and peer-to-peer transfer. The average person doesn’t carry all of their money in physical form, either.
8) How Many Devices Are Connected To The Internet Today?
The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) means that everything is connected to the internet. Unsurprisingly, more than 22 billion devices were connected to the internet by 2018.
Analysts expect 50 billion devices to be connected to the internet by 2030. That may be surprising at first. Then again, the average person owns multiple devices that connect to the internet at all times. This includes laptops, PCs, smartphones, cars, and even light bulbs.
9) WorldWideWeb Was The World’s First Web Browser
Tim Berners-Lee developed WorldWideWeb in 1990 as the world’s first web browser. In fact, WorldWideWeb was also the first website in existence.
WorldWideWeb featured an incredibly simple user interface and few of the features we take for granted today. The browser could display basic style sheets and access certain directories.
The first ever graphical and more “user-friendly” web browser was Mosaic (1993) which contributed significantly to the explosion of the Web as we know it today. Mosaic supported also multimedia (images etc) and was installed on home computers.
10) A Worldwide Overview Of Households With Computer Access
Computer access continues to expand among households worldwide. In the United States, 87% of households feature a computer with internet access.
Overall availability figures vary from country to country. Developing nations tend to feature far lower rates of computer access for obvious reasons. On the other hand, developed nations tend to feature access rates over 80%.
Market share for computers, mobile devices, and tablets shouldn’t surprise anyone. The dominant run for mobile devices continues with a 54% market share.
Desktop computers come in at 43%, and tablets capture a meager 3% of the market. Currently, most people access their internet content through their smartphone.
A large percentage of internet searches are launched via mobile device rather than desktop. The desktop computer won’t die anytime soon, but mobile devices now dominate everyday life.
As smartphones become more powerful, consumers prefer to use them for daily tasks versus powering on their bulky desktop.
As of 2020, the Windows Operating System owns 75% of the worldwide market.
OS X comes in at 16% of the market for second place. Chrome OS and various Linux distributions hold 2% of the worldwide market apiece.
For most people, this information shouldn’t come as a surprise. Most people use Windows OS, and Mac owners use OS X by default.
A full 4% of the world’s desktop operating system usage is unknown. These operating systems may include region-specific operating systems and custom implementations.
At the moment, these figures shouldn’t change much from year to year. Windows holds a dominant market share worldwide. Chrome OS sees consistent growth year over year but remains a minor player in operating system market share.
“Google Chrome” remains the most popular web browser with 64% market share today.
Safari comes in at a distant second place with 19% market share.
From there, a handful of less popular web browsers capture less than 5% of the market apiece. This includes browsers like FireFox, Samsung Internet, Edge, and others.
Internet Explorer still captures a very minor percentage of the market, although it’s now considered a defunct browser.
Despite the dominance of Chrome and Safari, new browsers continue to be released. Security-focused browsers like Brave and DuckDuckGo have proven popular with consumers.
Those browsers barely register in market share comparisons, but they should see increased adoption as time goes on.
14) What Are The Cheapest Computers On The Planet?
When consumers think of computers, they often think of expensive machines. A computer might cost anywhere from $300 to $2,500 based on overall specifications.
Much cheaper devices are available for less than $100, though. Of course, the Raspberry Pi is a powerful mini computer that costs $25 to $50 based on model.
Then consumers can consider interesting devices like the DataWind Ubislate ($60) or the Aakash ($40).
Typically, these devices serve niche use cases but are quite powerful for their price tags. Raspberry Pis are popular devices for powering media centers and other rigs with specific purposes. It’s still possible to use these cheap computers as full-fledged computers.
15) These Are The Highest Paying Computer Science Jobs
Computer science careers remain quite competitive compared to other industries. An individual with a computer science degree stands to make solid earnings from day one.
For instance, Software Architects earn an average annual salary of $125,000. Software Developers and UNIX System Administrators earn about $105,000 per year on average. Even entry-level positions tend to pay more than entry-level positions in other industries.
Entry-level software engineers may start at $50,000 per year and quickly reach $80,000 per year in three years. The field of computer science offers many lucrative opportunities for potential workers. Demand for these positions is expected to increase with each passing year with no slowdown in sight.
AMD and Intel manufacture most CPUs on the market for desktops, laptops, and servers. Intel used to dominate all sectors of the CPU market, but that’s no longer the case.
Intel stills holds 60% of the overall CPU market compared to 40% for AMD. Nonetheless, AMD has produced incredible CPUs in the last few years.
The company now shares 50/50 market share with Intel in desktop CPU market share.
For now, Intel continues to dominate in laptop market share (80% to 20%) and server market share (99% to 1%).
AMD continues to make great strides on the laptop and server side of CPUs, though. These market share figures are likely to continue to close the gap as time goes on. Many of AMD’s CPUs now provide equal or better performance than competing Intel CPUs.
17) These Are The Least Used Keys On A Computer Keyboard!
Certain keys on a keyboard don’t receive enough love. Typically, users don’t know the purpose of Scroll Lock or Pause Break.
The same goes for AltGr or the Menu key. All of these keys serve a variety of purposes, which usually include various keyboard shortcuts.
Sometimes, these shortcuts serve niche use cases, and others are quite useful for most users. It’s time for computer users to adopt these keys and see what they’re capable of!
18) Windows Folders and Files Cannot Be These Names
Windows folder and file names come with various naming constraints. For instance, most people know that certain special characters are prohibited.
An individual might not realize that specific names are restricted as well.
CON, PRN, AUX, and NUL cannot be the names of files or file folders in Windows.
Likewise, the same applies to COM1 – COM9 and LPT1 – LPT 9.
Such names are reserved within Windows for other purposes.
19) The Best Operating Systems For Privacy and Security
According to ExpressVPN, Ubuntu remains one of the most secure operating systems around. This Linux distribution was released in 2004 and receives frequent updates.
Excellent security features include Z File System encryption, WireGuard, and SSH FIDO multi-factor authentication. Plus, viruses rarely target Ubuntu compared to other operating systems, and stronger protections are available.
Surprisingly enough, Android is the next most secure OS after Ubuntu. Android features expansive permission and privacy controls.
Extra security features are built into the Google Play Store to root out malicious apps. As time goes on, manufacturers continue to push Android security patches in a timely manner as well.
20) Surprising Github Statistics
GitHub users contributed 60 million repositories to the platform in 2020.
Throughout the Pandemic, GitHub users fueled a rise in open source software projects. Nigeria and Hong Kong saw the largest increase in GitHub users year over year. The platform saw marked growth in countless categories in 2020 compared to 2019.
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