e-newsTECHTrivia

True or False?

  • The safest place to be if you’re outside when a tornado hits is under a tree.
    False. When Dorothy and Toto couldn’t make it into the storm cellar, they should have taken cover in a ditch.
  • Hurricanes kill more people each year than any other weather event.
    False. Floods kill more people each year than lightning, tornadoes, or hurricanes.
  • A tornado that forms over water is called a Tasmanian Devil.
    False. A Tasmanian Devil is an Australian marsupial as well as a short-tempered foe of Bugs Bunny. A tornado that occurs over a body of water is called a Waterspout.

Q&A

  • Do you know the meaning of the following acronyms in the science field?
  1. WEIRD (Hint: Used in the field of behavioral psychology)
    Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. This acronym comes from a behavioral psychology study that pointed out that, “pretty much everything we think we know about human behavior derives from studies of US undergraduates — the psychologists’ ‘lab rat’! These people are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic.”
  2. BRAINS (Hint: An award for scientists)
    Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists. Obviously, these award-winning scientists are pretty smart.
  3. CREME (Hint: Don’t put this in your coffee)
    Cosmic Ray Effects on MicroElectronics. Not nearly as delicious as the acronym would have you believe.

True or False?

  • In 1988, a Norwegian computer pioneer disconnected Norway from the Internet by unplugging a single cable.
    True. To avoid the threat of a fast-spreading computer virus, Pål Spilling disconnected Norway from the rest of the Internet by unplugging a single cable.
  • Originally, Amazon’s founder wanted to name the web giant, “Cadabra,” (as in “abracadabra”) to express how magical shopping on the site would be
    True. He switched to “Amazon” after many others kept mishearing the name as “cadaver.”
  • Videophone and video chat capability have been around since FDR was president.
    False. However, it has been around since 1970, but never caught on, likely due to the high cost for service — $160/month (equivalent to $947) — for 30 minutes of video chat.

True or False?

  • In the first half of 2014, there were 21.7 power outages per month across the country, including weather-related outages. That’s six times more than in the year 2000.
    True. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of reported power outages rose dramatically due to an aging infrastructure, growing population, and extreme weather. source
  • Claims paid by all insurance companies in the past decade for damaged sustained by frozen, burst pipes exceeded $4 billion.
    True. Per the Institute for Business and Home Safety, a one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water per day, destroying floors, furniture, electronic equipment and personal items. source
  • Forecasters are predicting the winter of 2017 could bring above-average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies, with colder-than-average temperatures in the east.
    True. Plus, the West will be warmer and the south will be dryer. source

True or False?

  • All DR plans should include details on how employees will communicate, where they go, and how they will do their jobs in the wake of a disaster.
    True. Details will vary by industry and business, but these components are essential for a successful DR plan.
  • Forty-three percent (43%) of companies without a DR plan that experience a major data loss never reopen.
    True. A sobering statistic. In fact, only 6 percent of companies without a DR plan survive long-term.
  • On average, the cost of one hour of downtime for a mid-size business is $74,000.
    True. Small companies average a $8K/hour loss while large enterprises can lose as much as $700k per hour!

Q&A

  • Name the information that a web site places on your hard drive so it can quickly recall you at a later.
    Answer: Cookies
  • One version is served with cheese. This type is someone who breaks into someone else’s computer and breaches security.
    Answer: Cracker
  • You might find these on a hunt in the spring, or as an undocumented feature that gives credit to a software developer.
    Answer: Easter egg

True or False?

  • Apple has sold more than 240 million iPhones thus far.
    True. 244.2 million to be exact.
  • YAHOO stands for “Yelta And Hal Owe Oliver,” a play on the founder’s names and their first investor.
    False. You’d never guess, but it’s “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
  • “Jersey” was the cattle-themed code name for Microsoft’s Windows Vista
    False. It was “Longhorn.”
  • Ellen DeGeneres is responsible for the most retweeted tweet of all time.
    True. It was her group selfie taken at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Q&A

  • The US military funded a network that would eventually evolve into the modern internet. What was the network called?
    Answer: ARPANET which in 1969 interconnected four university computers. They probably weren’t doing much Facebooking!
  • Who famously said, “640K ought to be enough for anybody”?
    Answer: MS Chairman Bill Gates in 1981. Clearly he hadn’t uploaded any selfies yet.
  • Kodak produced the first digital camera in what year?
    Answer: They developed a prototype in 1975. Just think, your prom pictures could have looked so much better than they did.

Q&A

  • What does IBM stand for?
    Answer: International Business Machines
  • IBM created the technologies that brought about the floppy disk and the hard drive. Name five other innovations they pioneered.
    Answer: The magnetic strip, RAM, relational databases, UPC bar codes, and the world’s first disk storage system—RAMAC
  • IBM introduced what many consider to be the first “smart phone” called Simon, which offered email access and fax capability. What year was it launched?
    Answer: 1994

Q&A

  • What year was the first mobile telephone call made?
    Answer: 1946 in St. Louis, MO.
  • The GRID 1101 is the grand-daddy of all modern-day laptops. How much did a person pay to own one in 1982?
    Answer: $8,000
  • The Osborne 1 was considered to be the first practical and useful “portable” computer. How much did it weigh?
    Answer: 25 lbs.

Q&A

  • What is the candy bar-themed code name for Android version 4.4?
    Answer: KitKat
  • Which home game console has led the U.S. market for all of 2014?
    Answer: PlayStation 4
  • What was the cattle-themed code name for Microsoft’s Windows Vista?
    Answer: Longhorn
  • What was the widespread vulnerability in the open SSL software library that sounded like a coronary condition?
    Answer: Heartbleed

True or False?

  • 23% of all photocopier failures are caused by people sitting on them to copy a body part
  • 13% of Americans believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese
  • In ancient Egyptian, the word for genius and socially awkward is “Geek”
  • Slamming your keyboard against your desk burns 75 calories an hour

Answer:
All are true! At least according to happyworker.com


Q&A

  • Can you name the top 10 most prophetic sci-fi movies ever made?
    1.) Gattac—genetic profiling
    2.) Minority Report—display technology and self-driving cars
    3.) The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2)—resource wars
    4.) The Truman Show—reality TV
    5.) Destination Moon—realistic space flight and commercial interest in space
    6.) The Running Man—reality game shows
    7.) Blade Runner—urban development
    8.) Soylent Green—climate change
    9.) Short Circuit—autonomous military ground robots
    10.) 2001: A Space Odyssey—space tourism

True or False?

  • In 1928, a tornado in Kansas plucked the feathers right off some chickens.
    True. Tornadoes have also been known to embed boards, knives, forks, and other materials directly into trees.
  • The United States have an average of 400 tornadoes every year.
    False. About a thousand tornadoes touch down in the US every year.
  • Opening a window in a house will equalize air pressure, preventing a tornado from blowing the house down.
    False. In fact, opening the wrong windows could allow air to rush in and blow the house apart from the inside.

Q&A

  • Who was the first person to invest in Google?
  • How much did that person invest?
  • Where did Larry Page and Sergey Brin go to celebrate after accepting the check?

Answer:
Andy Bechtolsheim gave Larry and Sergey a check for $100,000. After receiving it, they went to Burger King. Perhaps there’s something to be said for being frugal.


Q&A

  • What are the three most common lies on the Internet?
    Answer:
    1.) I’ve read the Terms of Service.
    2.) Status: Offline
    3.) I am over 18 years of age.

Q&A

  • Why are your Twitter tweets limited to 140 characters?
    Answer: Because Twitter was built for SMS, which could only be 160 characters. They cut 20 characters to allow people to add Twitter handles.

Q&A

  • “Modem” is the amalgam of what two words?
    Answer: Modulation and demodulation