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RE: OT -- suggestions to ensure nerdiness in potential IT staff

From: <lhoska_at_calibresys.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 13:59:16 -0700
Message-ID: <F001.0035CC2A.20010801135614@fatcity.com>

We need to admit the rest of the world considers us geeks. Even in IT world dba's are probably one of the geekeest (is it a new word I invented?), not too many people like us. Well, may be C++ programmers would come close in geekeness (new word again?) to us.
My friend tried to hook me up with a guy whose profession had nothing to do with IT. He was concerned about my occupation... I need to let him read some of the e-mails on this list so he may know we're normal people and we know how to laugh. Should we also let duhvelopers in to prove to them we're OK? No, we won't bother...
Lyuda

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> What famous character was used to first advertise the IBM PC?

Charlie Chaplin, easy one.

> Was it possible to connect two screens to the original IBM PC? How?

I believe I did one through a Hercules graphics card, but dont quote me.

> How many boot disks did computers require before 1982?

0

> How would you convert a 1-sided 5 " diskette into a 2-sided one?

Flip the floppy and cut a notch. I actually used scissors. I loved it when they came out with those precise clippers.

> How did the Commodore Pet make use of hard disk drives? Floppy drives?

Never had one, sorry.

> What colour were the Verbatim 5 " diskette pockets?

Was it grey? Was that 3Ms? I remember paying 50 bucks for 10 floppies. I thought it was a great deal!!

> What IBM PS/2 model was listed as having a 2.88M diskette drive?

Sorry, I went with all the generic PCs.

> 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?

Asteroids, I think.

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