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OT -- suggestions to ensure nerdiness in potential IT staff

From: Boivin, Patrice J <>
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 12:14:35 -0700
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Perhaps, to be an IT Professional, one should have a bit of background in the field.

e.g. one should know what Heathkit was (not that A+ stuff) , and the Sinclair, not to mention a few other things:

What famous character was used to first advertise the IBM PC? Was it possible to connect two screens to the original IBM PC? How? How many boot disks did computers require before 1982? How would you convert a 1-sided 5 " diskette into a 2-sided one? How did the Commodore Pet make use of hard disk drives? Floppy drives?

What colour were the Verbatim 5 " diskette pockets?

What IBM PS/2 model was listed as having a 2.88M diskette drive? What version of Windows did OS/2 not support? Why not?

Did the first macintosh computer come with a handle?

What is an MWave Windsurfer card?

Which company could be argued started the certification fad in IT?

Bonus points: What figurines appear on PC Magazine Vol 1., Issue 1's cover?
(I notice PC Magazine has gone back to the thickness it had for issue 1, vol
1... heh heh I wonder what happened).

Extremely important entertainment bonus question: What cartridges came with the Atari 2600 game system upon initial purchase?

But I am dating myself. Most of these have to do with PCs, forgive me I was in grade 11 in 1981.

Here another training school closed last year, GP - used to be SHL Learning Technologies, but they slowly died. The instructors were good, but management... well GP no longer exists. Hopefully the good training companies will survive.

Patrice Boivin
Systems Analyst (Oracle Certified DBA)

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