Give your brain cells a festive workout

The office is probably a bit quiet now with everyone either recovering from last night or out squeezing in a bit of last-minute...

The office is probably a bit quiet now with everyone either recovering from last night or out squeezing in a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping. So, for those feeling less than stimulated, we have put together a Christmas IT quiz to exercise your few remaining brain cells.

1. In what year did IBM launch the first PC?
a.
1981
b. 1979
c. 1980

2. In 1983 Apple unveiled the first PC with a graphical user interface. Named after the chief engineer's daughter, what was it called?
a.
Jane
b. Lynn
c. Lisa

3. Apple launched the Macintosh computer in 1984. 250,000 were sold in the first year. How much did it cost?
a.
$2,000
b. $4,500
c. $2,500

4. In 1984, which book was responsible for coining the term cyberspace and starting the cyberpunk genre?
a.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
b. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by PK Dick
c. Mirrorshades by Bruce Sterling

5. In 1986 Amstrad launched the the PC1512, which was the first mass-market, IBM-compatible PC. At £399, it cost less than a quarter of the price of the established market leaders. How much of the European market share did it capture in six months?
a. 15%
b. 25%
c. 45%

6. What happened when ICL was bought by Fujitsu in 1990?
a.
It became the second largest IT company in the world
b. It was taken to court by the European Union
c. It made 30% of the workforce redundant

7. Which Internet service provider went live in 1992 and was the first in the UK to offer £10-a-month Internet access?
a.
AOL
b. Demon Internet
c. Compuserve

8. In which country did Linus Torvalds develop the Linux operating system?
a.
Finland
b. Sweden
c. Norway

9.The first directory of Web sites organised in a hierarchy of top categories was launched by David Filio and Jerry Yang in 1994. What was it called?
a.
Excite
b. Google
c. Yahoo

10. How long did it take for Windows 95 to sell one million copies?
a. Four days
b. 16 days
c. One month

11. In 1987 one of the most successful games ever was launched. What was it called?
a.
Space Invaders
b. Tetris
c. Doom

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12. Where is Europe's first university centre dedicated to computer games and virtual entertainment?
a.
Stuttgart
b. Bruges
c. Dundee

13. According to First Tuesday founder Julie Meyer, what should dotcom entrepreneurs spend 80% of their time doing?
a. Promoting their company
b. Playing table football
c. Managing people

14. What percentage of Mensa members work in IT?
a.
11.7%
b. 43%
c. 6.2%

15. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, why are ITers very likely to have office romances?
a.
They are likely to be well suited to colleagues who think like themselves
b. ITers work long hours together and there are often a lot of young people together
c. They are sex maniacs

16. On average, how many hours a week do IT workers in the new economy work?
a. 50 hours
b. 60 hours
c. 80 hours

17. What does Voluntary Service Organisation (VSO) worker John Grady believe is the key skill needed to work on a VSO project?
a.
Basic computer maintenance
b. The ability to live off very little money
c. The ability to cope without a mobile phone

18. What global issue did the United Nations identify for special attention in 2001?
a.
The digital divide
b. Broadband roll out
c. Banning irritating mobile phone ringtones

19. What make of car is an ITer most likely to drive?
a.
Ford
b. Vauxhall
c. Range Rover

20. "I find techno helpful, it keeps my brain in gear and the beats keep my mind patterns in logical steps." What was this reader referring to?
a.
Music that helps him to concentrate on coding
b. Psyching himself up to give a presentation to the board
c. Trying to keep it together after a few beers on a Friday night

21. Which football club has the only female IT director in the Premier League?
a. Leeds United
b. Manchester United
c. Chelsea

22. What rights will new parents gain in 2003?
a.
The right to work less than 30 hours a week
b. The right to ask to work flexible hours
c. The right to a 5% pay rise to help cover extra expenses

23. What were duvet days originally called when they were introduced in the US?
a.
Mental health days
b. Doss days
c. Life cleansing days

24. What was the name of the Novell Certified Directory Engineer of the Year 2001?
a.
Roger Sheep
b. Dick Rubber
c. Randy Bender

25. Which publication won the PPA award for campaigning magazine of the year in 2001?
a.
The Economist.
b. Computer Weekly
c. Razzle


Solutions
1a, 2c, 3c, 4a, 5b, 6a, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10a, 11b, 12c, 13c, 14a, 15b, 16a, 17a, 18a, 19b, 20a, 21c, 22b, 23a, 24c, 25b.

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