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Trivia Contest

Sell the DOS, Keep the Marketing Rights

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Q: What product did Bill Gates sell to IBM (and retain the rights to market and license separately) for its release of the original Personal Computer in 1981. A: The product was MS-DOS, but what made the deal so remarkable was that Bill Gates convinced IBM to let Microsoft retain the rights to MS-DOS and market…

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Big Sale, Mr. Gates

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In celebration of the end of Windows XP support, our next trivia question looks to the early roots of Microsoft. Prize for this question is a $25 Amazon gift card. Trivia Question for April 22, 2014 Q: What product did Bill Gates sell to IBM (and retain the rights to market and license separately) for…

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Obviously, Bernoulli Numbers

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Q: Many people know that Ada Lovelace is credited with being the first computer programmer for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. What did her algorithm compute? A: Bernoulli numbers. Learn more about Ada Lovelace and if you are up for the math, Bernoulli numbers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli_number http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace The winner of the $25 Amazon gift…

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Algorithm for First Computer Program

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Thanks to a great Ebay find for flux capacitors, our next trivia question looks back in time to the woman that is credited as being the first computer programmer. Prize for this question is a $25 Amazon gift card. Trivia Question for April 8, 2014 Q: Many people know that Ada Lovelace is credited with…

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Hello, Brian Kernighan

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Q: Who is the author of the first documented “Hello, World” computer program? A: Brian Kernighan from Bell Labs. It was originally part of a 1972 Bell Labs tutorial, “A Tutorial Introduction to the Language B.” You can learn more about Brian Kernighan and the “Hello, World” program at the following articles in Wikipedia: https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/…

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Trivia Contest Launch

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Yes, it’s true. We are officially launching our bi-weekly trivia contest. Every other Tuesday we will be posting a new trivia question. Our first question looks back to early computer science days and sheds some light on our “Aloha, World” slogan. Prize for this question is a $25 Amazon gift card. Trivia Question for March…

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