8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


We often talk about the contemporary aspects of technology and how it has contributed towards changing the global era of modern computing. That much part is not just inevitable but also completely visible from the naked eye. However, behind the cliche of technological revolution, it is surprising to know that many of the computer terminologies and gadgets that you hear about these days are not as new as you think they are.


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Confused? Don't be. I have compiled a list of such items that are older then you think. You will be surprise to read about them.

8) Bug

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


Did you know that the first computer bug was in the form of an actual bug? Though it wasn't named that after this incident. Back in 1947, a computer scientist Grace Hopper (not Grass Hopper (bug)) discovered a dead moth trapped in a relay that belonged to the recently built Harvard Mark II computer.

That incident was recorded and remembered as the first case of an actual computer bug. However, this word was first described in 1878 by Thomas Edison as ‘little faults and difficulties’. So, the bugs which you get in your computers were actually introduced back in the 19th century when a common man didn’t even know of computers.

7) Computer Virus

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


Computer programmers can make the computer do whatever they want, and if they make it do something that we don’t want, that thing would technically be called the virus. I could say that computer viruses were introduced in the 21st century because I never heard of them earlier, but that would be wrong.

The first computer virus was known as ‘Creeper’ and it was developed in 1971. It infected the ARPANET, predecessor of the internet. The virus was developed for the computers running TENEX operating systems and would display the message ‘I’m the creeper: catch me if you can’ on the affected computers. As for the first anti-virus, that would be Reaper and it brought the Creeper down.

6) Text Speak

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


Im sur u wud be familiar wd dis typ of writng formt. Wel, dis is knwn as Text Speak. I first came across such writing style on text messages on cellphone. People write short words like these on text messages as it is relatively convenient and faster to write on cell phone.

The Text Speak format was first used by telegram operators 1890 because maybe they were just too awesome to write the incomplete word or maybe because they wanted to save time. No matter how short the text may be, it conveys the message though.

5) Spam

Do you have an e-mail account? If yes, then you know what spam mails are. And if No, you don’t have an e-mail account. So that means spams introduced when e-mail services were launched? Well, No. we don’t just have E-mails in this world, there are many sorts of Mails that we have.

So who introduced Spams? Computer Scientists? Software Engineers? Well no, they were the Doctors. The first spamming was done by two dentists Maurice and Gabriel, in 1864. They sent hundreds of unwanted telegrams to people all over the London as for marketing purposes. Marketing is not a crime but marketing such, was taken into notice by higher officials and the poor doctors were heavily penalized.

4) Tabbed Browser

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


When I first downloaded Mozilla Firefox, back in 2005, I was really surprised and impressed with its’ tabbed browsing feature. However, a little research told me that this feature was introduced a decade earlier. Yeas you heard that right, a decade earlier!

Tabbed browsing was first introduced in 1994 in a browser named ‘InternetWorks’. Now we are talking about the web browsers here, not just tabbing in any explorer because that would date us back to 1988 when the Gosling Emacs editor was introduced. This was the first commercially available product to pioneer tabbed browsing. But as for web browsers, yea it was 1994, when I didn’t even know English.


3) Gmail

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


Gmail came into existence on 1st April, 2004 and was opened to the General Public in 2007, and that’s also when I started using that. Gmail now has over 430 million users worldwide, far greater than that of Hotmail of Yahoo. The sole reason behind that was the fact that they featured a 1GB mailbox which was exponentially larger than Yahoo’s 4MB or Hotmail’s 2MB.

But why ‘G’ of all letters? Because Google owns it? NO. From 1995 to 2004, the web address was owned by the company Garfield for its Garfield Mail Service. And ‘Garfield’ is where the G comes from. Meaning if you searched for Gmail before 2004, you would have gotten Garfield mail, but later on, that turned to Google Mail.

2) DDOS Attacks

DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is a form of attack that targets web servers. This is that one type of attack a web server can’t simply handle. The basic procedure is to ‘flood’ the website with so much traffic that it overloads the server and it crashes. The DDOS attacks have been used over many notable websites like that of US Department of Justice, MPAA, etc.

Although many of us did not know of this technique, it has been in the field since 1999, when it was found in the University of Minnesota web servers. Many organizations blamed CyberBunker (an ISP) for such attacks as they had the capacity to do that but it was never confirmed. As for now, hundreds of thousands of websites are reported to have been attacked by these DDOSers.

1) Social Media

8 Old Aspects Of Modern Technology That Will Surprise You


Social networking websites have become an important part of our lives. I can bet 99% of the readers of this article use them. They say it helps us to meet new people and maintain contact with them. Oh yes, it does but it also helps us a lot in wasting our time. And that’s its prime usage these days.

So when did it came on Earth? People say the first such website was Friendster that was launched in 2002. But the people are always wrong. The first social network was Classmates.com which was run by Randy Conrads from his basement. It allowed you to send messages, view people’s profiles and join groups. Today, classmates.com is known as ‘Memory Lane’, and yea, it still exists!


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