10 technology facts you should know

#techfacts: 10 even more curious technology facts you should know

We are happy to continue our #techfacts series with 10 more curious technology facts we definitely think you should know. Why? Because they reflect the power of evolution, and are a constant reminder that technology evolves rapidly and we could miss essential advancements in a blink of an eye.

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Now, here are 10 cool technology facts you should know:

  • The first disk drive to use removable media was the IBM 1311. Even if it was the size of a washing machine, it had a storage capacity of fewer than 5 megabytes.
  • Amazon.com did not start as a complete e-commerce business but just as an online bookstore.
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  • The first 1 GB hard drive was announced by IBM in 1980 which had a price tag of $40,000!
  • In 1936, the Russians made a computer that ran on water.
  • The first web browser was invented in 1990 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It was called as the “WorldWideWeb” (not to be confused with WWW). Later, it was renamed as the “Nexus”.
  • The first website that went online was “info.cern.ch”, which was also created by Tim Berners-Lee at the research lab CERN 1990.
  • The first public cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper.
  • The first alarm clock was designed for one person and could only go off at 4am – when they had to get up and get ready for work. An adjustable alarm clock was not created for another 60 years.
  • Around the year 1500, Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a robot.