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“Charlie bit my finger” was on Osama Bin Laden’s computer

CIA Confirms ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Was on One of Osama bin Laden’s Computers Earlier on Wednesday, the CIA released a trove of data recovered after the deadly raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. Among the data is a list of some of the videos found on devices in the compound. …

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First game of chess against a computer was played in 1952 by Alan Turing. Because there were no computers powerful enough to actually run the program Alan Turing “ran” the program manually on a piece of paper

Turochamp Alan Turing at age 16 Alan Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. …

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The webcam was invented just because 3 people wanted to keep a check on coffee level without walking to their breakroom.

Design Of Everyday Things #12 Brilliance of Everyday Objects Problem: Coffee less trips to break room Solution: Let’s keep a track of the coffee levels from where we are sitting The year was 1991, and the computer science faculty at Cambridge University was tired of walking all the way to the breakroom only to find …

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The term “patch”, meaning a software update, originates from the days when computer code was written on physical cards with holes punched in them. If there was a change in the code, you would “patch” that section of the card with a piece of tape, covering it, and if necessary, changing it.

Patch (computing) A program tape for the 1944 Harvard Mark I, one of the first digital computers. Note physical patches used to correct punched holes by covering them. Historically, software suppliers distributed patches on paper tape or on punched cards, expecting the recipient to cut out the indicated part of the original tape (or deck), …

The term “patch”, meaning a software update, originates from the days when computer code was written on physical cards with holes punched in them. If there was a change in the code, you would “patch” that section of the card with a piece of tape, covering it, and if necessary, changing it. Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters

How Instagram changed our world It started as a photo-sharing platform, but quickly rose to become the most influential app of our generation. Now, a forensic new book reveals the struggles and eccentricities of the men behind Instagram. One day in the autumn of 2015, a small but significant change was implemented at the Instagram offices in …

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PCs in the 80s and 90s often had a “Turbo” button which when pressed would counterintuitively slow down the processor speed to allow compatibility with older games designed for slower processors.

Turbo button Case buttons including turbo button The LED display showing the CPU clock frequency, in MHz, of an Intel 80486 based computer. The turbo button is the right small button, whereas the left small button is the reset button which still exists in computers as of 2017; the triangular button is the power button. …

PCs in the 80s and 90s often had a “Turbo” button which when pressed would counterintuitively slow down the processor speed to allow compatibility with older games designed for slower processors. Read More »

In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money.

United States v. Kane United States v. Kane, No 11-mj-00001 (D. Nev. filed Jan. 19, 2011), is a court case where a software bug in a video poker machine was exploited to win several hundred thousand dollars. Central to the case was whether a video poker machine constituted a protected computer and whether the exploitation …

In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. Read More »

Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film”

Motion capture Motion capture performers from Buckinghamshire New University Video games often use motion capture to animate athletes, martial artists, and other in-game characters. This has been done since the Sega Model 2 arcade game Virtua Fighter 2 in 1994. By mid-1995 the use of motion capture in video game development had become commonplace, and …

Pixar’s Cars lost the 2006 Best Animated Feature Oscar to Happy Feet, which used motion capture technology. Their next film, Ratatouille, has a stamp in the credits saying “100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film” Read More »

Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure.

Disney Almost Created A ‘Myst’ Theme Park If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s …

Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. Read More »

The first thing ever sold over the internet was marijuana. In the 1970s, students from Stanford sold weed to students at MIT using ARPANET to arrange the transaction.

What Was The First Thing Ever Bought On The Internet? Weed, Of Course (Computer History Museum) The Internet has been a boon for commerce, but back when it was more tape and spinning reel-to-reel machines than a mysterious set of digital tubes, online shopping was a thing of the future. So what was the first …

The first thing ever sold over the internet was marijuana. In the 1970s, students from Stanford sold weed to students at MIT using ARPANET to arrange the transaction. Read More »