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Trivia Time… August 15, 2005

Posted by dhar in Misc.
  1. Claude E. Shannon first used this word in a 1948 paper. Shannon’s bit is a portmanteau word for binary digit. What is the word?
  2. While working on a project constituted by Sun and Apache to create a web server for Java servlets and JSPs, the team would often meet in a conference room named ______. They later used the name of this conference room as the name of the project. What project?
  3. What is the term used to describe 4 bits or half a byte?
  4. ________ is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labor — (NASA, 1965). Just fill in the blank

Use comments to answer… And please, no Googling. πŸ™‚



1. chand - August 16, 2005

1) Bit? (btw, was your use of ‘bit’ in the question to mislead us ;)?)
2) Tomcat?

2. monkeypup - August 16, 2005

1. LOL! It’s bit!
2. Jakarta?
3. This one I had to look up, so I won’t write the answer here, but it’s a hilarious word.
4. I’m guessing it’s man. Because it’s funny, and it fits. But probably just being too damn clever for my own god.

3. Dhar - August 16, 2005

Chand, the name Tomcat was chosen because the person behind it wanted a picture of a tomcat on the cover when O’Reilly would later release a book. It is Jakarta as Monkeypup pointed out.

Monkeypup, great guess for question 4.


4. Jake - August 17, 2005

lol this one’s easy. 11th std compsci class :-P, and funny as said by monkey pup. its

3. nibble

and that last one, neat guess, like dhar said.

5. Pranav - August 17, 2005

Wasn’t here on 14th, had some tatti work in VT. But by the way people talked about it I will demand private lessons (lunch/dinner from you goes without saying). πŸ™‚

6. Dhar - August 17, 2005


Bugger! I was kinda expecting to see you in the audi. Anyway, quite a few people have been asking for one more presentation. Will see if I can somehow fit it into the schedule.

Correct guess. Nibble, it is.


7. chand - August 19, 2005

Thanks for that info D! And awesome guess by monkeypup there!

We need more of these πŸ˜‰

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