Sunday, January 30, 2011

Interesting facts . . .

I don’t often post about something that is not education related, some world event, or a topic of interest such as sports. Today, however, I decided to share this post from Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day . . . about 10 interesting facts about e-mail from Mashable. I did find these interesting – did you know that the most popular password in 2009 was 123456? It was determined by reviewing 10,000 hawked Hotmail addresses.

As is so often the case when going over a post, there were links to other Mashable interesting fact lists that I couldn’t ignore. I went to the 10 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Apple and found that more interesting. Did you know that the first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton?

The Newton logo was designed by the lesser-known Apple founder Ronald Wayne (the guy who sold his stake — that today would be worth $22 billion — to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak for $800 – ouch!) and was only used briefly in 1976, since its high level of detail didn’t really show up that well when shrunk down and stuck on a product.

Or, did you know that the name ipod was inspired by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey?

The story goes that Jobs had already decided the MP3 player’s tag-line was to be “1,000 songs in your pocket,” which left naming options wide open since it wouldn’t have to explicitly refer something music related.

“As soon as I saw the white iPod, I thought 2001,” Chieco told Wired in 2006. “Open the pod bay door, Hal! Then it was just a matter of adding the ‘i’ prefix, as in ‘iMac.

I saved the Mashable site to go back and look at the other interesting fact sites on Facebook, eBay, and Google at another time.  So much to see and know and only so much time for it.  Another example of how difficult it is to maintain focus online with the world at your fingertips.

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