What Are Some Facts About Technology?


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Some facts about technology are the first hard drive was made by IBM in 1956, the first computer mouse was invented in 1963 and the digital circuit was created by Claude Shannon, known as the "Father of information theory." Also, the first palmtop computer was released in 1989.

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Called the IBM Model 350 Disk File, the first hard drive created by IBM held 5 MB of data. The first generation of the device also featured a huge storage unit, with a cabinet the size of a cupboard that held 50 24-inch disks.

Invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1963, the first mouse ever has a wooden shell with two metal wheels. Many people mistakenly think that the first mouse was invented in 1970 at Xerox PARC.

At only 21 years old, Claude Shannon invented the digital circuit while working on his master's degree. However, it wasn't until 1989 that the first palmtop computer was released. This machine, the Atari Portfolio, appeared in the movie Terminator 2 two years after its invention, where it is used by John Connor to hack an ATM. Another interesting technology fact is that the Apollo 11 computers, used to get astronauts to the moon, had less processing power than a modern day cellphone.

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