Category: Odd tech facts

Archie legacy server at the University of Warsaw in Poland

Archie, the first Internet search engine

September 10, 2021 is the 31st anniversary of Archie, the first Internet search engine. Archie was launched on September 10, 1990, and developed by Alan Emtage, Bill Heelan and Peter Deutsch at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). This first search engine had nothing to do with the interactive interfaces we know. On the contrary, its

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Most powerful supercomputers ranking

The 500 most powerful supercomputers use Linux

The world’s most powerful supercomputers use Linux. Everyone has heard something about supercomputers. A supercomputer is a device whose computing capabilities are by far higher than the capabilities of common computers. The most powerful supercomputer nowadays exceeds the 440 Petaflops (PFlops); a performance there’s no way a personal device can achieve. Since the end of

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AltaVista Internet Search Engine

AltaVista Search Engine’s 25th anniversary

It has been 25 years since AltaVista, one of the first major Internet search engines, was made public. AltaVista was launched on September 15, 1995, by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). DEC’s search engine aimed to show how powerful their new line of computers was. DEC was the leading supplier of computer hardware, software and services

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World map drawing

All Internet servers together draw the world map

This impressive world map is made of dots that symbolize the most representative data centers with Internet servers of the world. According to the last studies, in 2017 there was more than 8.5 million data centers in the world. However, it is difficult to know the exact number due to the great variety of these

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1 minute on the Internet

What happens on the Internet in one minute?

A lot of data and actions fit in 60 seconds on the Internet. The Internet has become an indispensable element in the daily lives of more and more people around the world. We use it for learning, looking for information, reading the newspaper, find directions, shopping… We have gradually integrated it in our professional and

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Time servers at the U.S. Naval Observatory

Who keeps the Internet’s clocks in sync?

Have you ever wonder who keeps all the Internet’s clocks in sync? The Internet’s most famous “clock maker” is Judah Levine. The physician Judah Levine contributed to create the software to control the hour over the Internet. In 1993, he had the great idea of distributing time over the Internet and he built the servers

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