Welcome to another weekly installment of TGIF here at SFS. I hope the week has treated you well and that you have had happy surprises along the way, and an excellent Thanksgiving for the American readers amongst you. Everyone else will have to wait for xmas for fun and games and good food. Unless like me you’re invited to a posh dinner in your favourite restaurant like I am tonight
Without further ado…
Geeky xmas presents you might want to add to your list:
I love these awesome T-shirts from Nerdy T-shirts
. I’d quite like the “Reading is for awesome people” and the PacMan one.
Here are or Geeky facts of the week:
The first ever Internet marketing campaign was in 1978, when an advertising note was sent via ARPANET (precursor to the Web) to about 600 people on the thing. It advertised a new computer, and as a result Digital Equipment Corp. sold over 20 of them at about $1 million each.
If you opened up the case of the original Macintosh, you will find 47 signatures, one for each member of Apple’s Macintosh division as of 1982.
Your brain has about 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) neurons.
Some divers in 1901 discovered the oldest mechanical computer ever. It is a 2,100 year old machine and was used to calculate astronomical positions. It was discovered in the Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word in the English dictionary. It refers to a lung disease caused by inhaling particles from volcanoes.
Wonder Woman co-creator William Moulton Marston also created the systolic blood-pressure test, which led to the creation of the polygraph (lie detector).