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Quiz: Computer Nostalgia

Way back in the mists of time (1981, that is) Bill Gates reportedly said that "64k ought to be enough memory for anybody." Things sure can change in a quarter-century, especially when it comes to computers! How many of these terms from the murky past of computing can you guess without peeking?

1. What network, largely funded by the U.S. military, formed the basis for the Internet?
Answer

2. A mathematician and inventor, he designed (but never built) the Analytical Engine, a steam-powered computer.
Who was he?

3. What was the first widely-purchased personal computer to include a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI)?
Answer

4. What IBM CEO said, in 1943, that "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers?"
Answer

5. What two budding entrepreneurs adapted BASIC (a mainframe programming language) for the Altair 8800?
Who were they?

6. In anticipation of January 1, 2000, there was an increased demand for people who knew this high-level programming language for business applications.
What is it?

7. What type of artificial intelligence (AI) program, first developed in the mid-1900s, is designed to differentiate a human from a computer?
Answer

8. This computing pioneer is credited with the first reference to a "bug" in a computer context.
Who is it?

9. DOS was the first widely-used operating system for personal computers, but what does DOS stand for?
  a. Desktop Operating System
  b. Disk Operating System
Answer

10. As a pioneer in the personal computer market, IBM was once almost a generic term for the PC. But what do the letters stand for?
  a. International Business Machines
  b. Information Business Machines
Answer

 

How many could you guess correctly without peeking? Let us know!

This was last updated in August 2008

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