The Mouse Trap
by Janis Weber

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Interesting Computer Facts

Although today computer use is applicable everywhere, the truth is computers were first invented to solve a number-crunching crisis in the U.S. In the 1880s, the U.S. population had grown so much that it took almost seven years to complete the tabulation of census results. As a result, punch-card based computers that took up entire rooms were invented to help the government get the job done quickly and efficiently.

The first computer was very spacious and heavy.  ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) weighed about 27 tons and occupied over 1800 square feet. Regardless of the size of ENIAC, it proved very useful then.

The first transistor computer was used by the United States Air Force to execute their military functions. The realization, through experimenting, that the computer could handle various tasks is most likely what led to the increased popularity of the incredible machine up to this era.

Douglas Engelbert is the first man to invent a mouse in 1964 using wood.

Microsoft, H.P., and Apple started building computers in garages before they were able to advance. H.P. preserved their garage to tell the story of the humble beginning of, what many people consider, one of the top computer brands in the world. Further, they made their garage a private museum that does not allow tours.

About 5000 new computer viruses are created every month. Unfortunately, this means that there are many hackers out there who are willing to reap when they did not sow. However, not every malware is malicious.

The term “Typewriter” is the most extended term that anyone can type using one row of the keyboard alone.

The first computer programmer was a woman. The woman (Lady Ada Lovelace), also famous for working on the analytical engine, lived in England. Further, she worked as a writer and a mathematician.

Did you know the whole meaning of the term CAPTCHA? There is no doubt that most people who use the internet come across it most of the time. “Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computer and Humans Apart “is the meaning of the term CAPTCHA. Although the creators of the concepts intended to differentiate between humans and machines, artificial intelligence has surpassed it.

Phishing is a common technique that hackers use to compromise computers across the world. However, most people seem not to understand that you cannot be affected by opening an email with a malicious program. The problems come when you click on the links on the emails sent to you by nasty people.

In 1948, the first software to run on a computer was developed by University of Manchester researchers. Tom Kilburn, Frederic Williams, and Geoff Toothill made the invention of software technology possible.

The U.S. Navy was the first customer to purchase one of the first commercially manufactured computers.

The Internet came into existence in the 1960s and the main objective was to share resources. Interestingly, it has grown to become an essential medium of the economy of the world.

Next Sylvania Senior Center Classes

Many classes are open by reservation only. Computer classes are not scheduled yet, but you are welcome to use the computer lab Mondays and Wednesdays 1-4. Check the SSC newsletter and website for the most current information or call Susan Jennelle at 419-885-3913. I hope to hold classes this year. We are getting there. Check the Sylvania Center Newsletter to see what is happing.
I Make House Calls (I am vaccinated and wear a mask)
I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades including software, tutoring or printer issues. I can be your resident “geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a text or call at 419-290-3570.

– It’s not if, but when you will lose data!
Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor. E-mail any specific questions or comments to or contact her for assistance at 419-290-3570. Private tutoring and repairs are just a phone call, text, or email away. Check out my archived articles on the Sylvania Advantage website ( titled COMPUTER 101.


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