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MINDSWEEP 2012 | Quiz Info

MINDSWEEP 2012

It is with pleasure that we announce the inaugural edition of KQA’s International Solo Championship, titled MindSweep.

We have confirmations from the United Kingdom and the United States, and a few more countries will probably participate.

Mindsweep will be held during the weekend comprising Saturday, 7 January and Sunday 8 January 2012.

The quiz will require participants to answer 200 questions–in two sessions of 60 minutes each with a 30 minute break between sessions for corrections. Please register in advance using the form on this page.

The quiz is split into 10 sections of 20 questions each and is set by Dibyendu Das, Kiran Vijayakumar and Arul Mani.

  1. The Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Design, Architecture, Installation Art, Dance, Theatre
  2. Science and Tech: Concepts in the Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science, History of Technology, The Environment, Astronomy, Medicine, Inter-disciplinary work, Popular Science Writing
  3. Literature: Poetry, Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels, Critics, Literary History, Translation
  4. Social Sciences: History, Anthropology, Cultural Studies/Social History, History of Ideas, Economics,The Philosophers
  5. Business: Brands, Fashion, Business History, Advertising
  6. Sports and Leisure: Sporting History, Games, Television, Gaming, Sports-Writing, Sports-Coverage, Hobbies–Collecting, Gardening, Fan-communities, The Internet
  7. Cinema: Hollywood, National Cinemas, World Cinema, Film Genres, Film-Technology, Film-language, Cinema & Society. Film-writing
  8. Music: Instruments, Performers, Genre Music, World Music, Tech Innovations, Music-magazines, Music industry, Music-journalism
  9. Food & Drink: From all over the world.
  10. Connections

GE History: General Electric History & Trivia | Brand History

GE History: General Electric History & Trivia | Brand History

GE History: General Electric is an American MNC that operates through four main segments viz. Technology, Energy, Finance, and Home & Business solutions.

 

GE Logo

 

TICKER:

NYSE GE
NASDAQ- GE
GE History – Founder: 
The company was formed by the merger of Thomas Edison’s Edison General Electric Company and Charles Coffin’s Thomson-Houston Company in 1892.

 

 

GE History - GE Founder - Thomas Alva Edison

GE History - GE Founder - Charles Coffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GE History of Tagline:

1930s to 1950s: “Live Better Electrically
1950’s to 1979: “Progress is our most important product.
1979 to 2003: “We bring good things to life.
2004 to Present: “Imagination at Work.
The present logo has been designed by Wolff Ofinsin in 2004 by replacing the black background in the original logo with blue.

GE History - General Electric Logo Evolution

GE History & Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia page just like DellAdobeZippo and AOL.

GE History:

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.   Edison, Thomas A.

By the late1890’s Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company and Charles Coffin’s Thomas-Houston Company had both secured patents over several key technologies. As both businesses expanded, it had become increasingly difficult for either company to produce complete electrical installations relying solely on their own patents and technologies. In 1892, the two companies combined to form the General Electric Company.

GE history - The Remington Rand Univac

GE Trivia:

–          It was one of the original 12 companies listed in the Dow Jones index and 115 years later, remains the only one.

–          It is currently listed as the 6th largest US-based company in Fortune 500.

–          GE was the first U.S. company to ever use an electrical computer in 1954. The Remington Rand Univac weighed 30 tons and had over 5,000 vacuum tubes.

–          GE was one of the earliest companies to get into computing. It followed IBM (referred to as ‘Snow White’) and was one of the 7 companies (‘Seven Dwarves’) that followed it in the 1960s.

–          The GE building located at 30, Rockefeller Plaza is the headquarters of NBC studios. It’s nickname serves as the title of the popular sitcom 30 Rock.

–          The headquarters of GE at Schenectady, New York receives numerous letters from children before Christmas as they believe that it is only obvious that Santa Claus has the ZIP code 12345.

–          The company suffered losses of $800 million in insurance after the 9/11 attacks.

–          GE was embroiled in controversy after the 2011 Tsunami catastrophe when it was found that 6 reactors in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant  in Japan were designed by it.

–          In 1911, the National Electric Lamp Association (NELA) was dissolved and absorbed into General Electric.

–          Nela Park is the headquarters of GE Lighting, and is located in East Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Today, GE Lighting is a part of GE Consumer & Industrial, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Nela Park still serves as the operating headquarters of the lighting division.

–           The GE logo was introduced on lamps and electrical appliances in 1907. Two years later “Mazda” was adopted as the trademark for certain lamps produced by GE after Mazda, the Persian God of Light.

GE History - Mazda Lamp Newspaper Advertisement

GE History & Trivia is a Brand History and Trivia page just like DellAdobeZippo and AOL.

Steve Jobs: Smartest CEO in Tech

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was named “Smartest CEO in Tech” by Fortune Magazine. Jobs bested Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos in a list of the 50 smartest people in technology. Jobs was described as a “visionary, micromanager, and a showman who creates such anticipation around new products that there releases are veritable holidays,” according to the publication.
Also named were Dendreon’s Mitch Gold, Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Demand Media’s Richard Rosenblatt.
Fortune went on to call Jobs not just lucky, but smart. “iTunes reinvented music. Pixar, now part of Disney, elevated animated films. The iPhone changed telecom. And the new iPad has other computer makers scrambling to respond. Rocking one industry could be luck, but upending four? That’s smart.”
This isn’t the first accolade for Jobs’ performance at Apple. Earlier this year, Barron’s described the company’s co-founder as “probably the world’s most valuable CEO” in naming Jobs to a list of the 30 most respected CEOs.

Source: Fortune

Microsoft to kill its 'Kin' ?

Microsoft’s Kin, the range of social networking handsets targeted at teens which was released just two months ago in U.S., will be killed by the company, according to CNET.
The Kin range included two handsets, the Kin One and the Kin Two, both of which are currently available on the Verizon network in U.S. The phones were expected to receive a European launch soon which now seems to have been canceled. Instead, Microsoft will be focusing more on its more important Windows Phone 7 platform, expected to be out later this year.
In a statement to CNET, Microsoft has confirmed that apart from putting off the European launch, the current Kin team would be amalgamated to the Windows Phone 7 team. The Kin will, however, continue to sell in U.S. until the company makes an official statement otherwise.
The Kin was a result of Microsoft’s vision to focus on the young segment of masses who were heavy users of social networking features. While the phone did have quite a few unique features, it came sans some basic features like calendar, expandable memory and so on. Also, in U.S., for the price of the Kin, there were better smartphones available
who are also adept at social networking – the Kin’s USP. While Verizon and Microsoft both are yet to release an official statement regarding these new developments, signs of the fact the the Kin wasn’t particularly doing well was evident from the dramatic price cuts the devices saw just a few hours ago. The price of the smaller Kin One was dropped to just $29.99, which is way lower than the $150 price-tag it originally came with. As for the Kin Two, it is selling for $49.99, from the $200 it used to retail at.

Source:  Techtree

TCS IT Wiz 2009

TCS IT Wiz Sample Questions downloadable here

Bangalore: Bishop Cotton Boys School – Rishab Mehta & Manish Burman

Kolkata: St. James School – Anurag Sarkar & Vaarnan Drolia

Bhubaneshwar: DAV Pokhariput – Aurojyoti Das & Ambarish Sarangi

Find the review and prelims questions from Bhubaneshwar here

Kochi: Pallikoodam – Kottayam – Vignesh G & Roshan Joseph George

Questions from the Kochi Edition here

Delhi: DPS Noida – Abhishek Gupta & Arjun J

Review and Questions from Delhi Edition here

Coimbatore: St Jude’s Public School: Akash Lodha & Hiren Barai

Review and Questions from Coimbatore Edition here

Chennai: November 26

Mumbai: November 29

Ahmedabad: December 1

Lucknow, Hyderabad, Pune: To be Announced shortly!

Find the Updates, winners and tons of preparatory material here

Find rules, regulations and other details at the official website here

MQuiz by Mobile Monday

Mobile Monday (MoMo) Bangalore with support from NSRCEL is happy to present MQuiz, a quiz event focused on the telecom & wireless industry at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the IIM Bangalore Auditorium. 

Show off your knowledge about the mobile and communications world and battle with other teams to win cool Nokia 5800 phones (sponsored by Forum Nokia Calling All Innovator Contest ) and other prizes. Exciting audience prizes are to be won too.

Other rules as below:
• No registration or entry fees
• The quiz has 2 tracks – for college teams and corporate teams
• Teams of 2 members in both cases
• The 2 members in college teams have to be from the same college. ID proof is mandatory
• Mixed teams allowed for corporates
• There will be a common written prelim for both tracks, followed by separate finals

Content and hosting for the event is by Team Nexus. Contact Venky on +919845719332 or Vivek on +919845079348 for queries.

Please register online at www.mquiz.in

Quizzes @ Aatmatrisha’09

Aatmatrisha-09
Loads of quizzes including sports,biz-tech and ent.

Host: PESIT, Bangalore.

Date: 17th to 19th April 2009

Offcial Website:http://aatmatrisha.pes.edu

Details:

Event Name: Quiz

Date/Time: 18th April, Saturday 9am

Ticket Price: Rs.60 /-

Description: Run through the whole gamut of quizzes we have on offer. A true demand of intellectual stamina as you battle time, rack your brains and fend off competition.

Biz-Tech Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
18th April, Saturday 11am

  • This includes the latest trends in business and cutting edge technology.
  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time required for the event: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)

Entertainment Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
18th April, Saturday 12Noon

  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)
  • Preferable venue: F-block class room + Seminar hall or Audi for finals

Sports Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
17th April, Friday 3pm

  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)

Online Quiz

  • A set of 50 questions will be uploaded on the AT website and the questions will be just released just before the start of the fest and the participants are required to download the questionnaire from the AT website and mail the answers to the given e-mail id within 24 Hrs.
  • Web Address: Will be announced shortly
  • Quiz goes online on 16th April.
    Email id: quiz@at.pes.edu
  • One per team.
  • Open to all and no entry fee for it.

Quizzes @ Aatmatrisha'09

Aatmatrisha-09
Loads of quizzes including sports,biz-tech and ent.

Host: PESIT, Bangalore.

Date: 17th to 19th April 2009

Offcial Website:http://aatmatrisha.pes.edu

Details:

Event Name: Quiz

Date/Time: 18th April, Saturday 9am

Ticket Price: Rs.60 /-

Description: Run through the whole gamut of quizzes we have on offer. A true demand of intellectual stamina as you battle time, rack your brains and fend off competition.

Biz-Tech Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
18th April, Saturday 11am

  • This includes the latest trends in business and cutting edge technology.
  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time required for the event: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)

Entertainment Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
18th April, Saturday 12Noon

  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)
  • Preferable venue: F-block class room + Seminar hall or Audi for finals

Sports Quiz

Ticket Price: Rs.30/-
17th April, Friday 3pm

  • No of participants per team:  2
  • Time: 30mins (prelims) + 1 hour (finals)

Online Quiz

  • A set of 50 questions will be uploaded on the AT website and the questions will be just released just before the start of the fest and the participants are required to download the questionnaire from the AT website and mail the answers to the given e-mail id within 24 Hrs.
  • Web Address: Will be announced shortly
  • Quiz goes online on 16th April.
    Email id: quiz@at.pes.edu
  • One per team.
  • Open to all and no entry fee for it.

Under the Peepal Tree ’09

Questions from all the quizzes mentioned below available here

Under the People Tree is RVCE’s Quizfest. Schedule below. All quizzes open to students (teams of 3) i think (except AV and  corporate quiz). Please call Arpan or refer the blogs for details.

20th March, Friday:

9:30 AM– India Quiz
2.00 PM– General Quiz

21st March, Saturday:

9.30 AM– Sci Tech Quiz
2.00 PM– Sports Quiz
5.00 PM– AV Open Quiz (Open- teams of 4)
Venue: RV Teacher’s College,Jayanagar, Bangalore

The Corporate Quiz details are yet to be finalised.Give us a few days more,and we’ll have all the details ready.See ya there!

Follow utpt.blogspot.com for the latest.

Also check http://utpt.blogspot.com/search/label/Funda%20Archive for the latest quizzes.

Regards,

Arpan(+91 98869 98165)

Under the Peepal Tree '09

Questions from all the quizzes mentioned below available here

Under the People Tree is RVCE’s Quizfest. Schedule below. All quizzes open to students (teams of 3) i think (except AV and  corporate quiz). Please call Arpan or refer the blogs for details.

20th March, Friday:

9:30 AM– India Quiz
2.00 PM– General Quiz

21st March, Saturday:

9.30 AM– Sci Tech Quiz
2.00 PM– Sports Quiz
5.00 PM– AV Open Quiz (Open- teams of 4)
Venue: RV Teacher’s College,Jayanagar, Bangalore

The Corporate Quiz details are yet to be finalised.Give us a few days more,and we’ll have all the details ready.See ya there!

Follow utpt.blogspot.com for the latest.

Also check http://utpt.blogspot.com/search/label/Funda%20Archive for the latest quizzes.

Regards,

Arpan(+91 98869 98165)

The Turing Test @ Convergenz '09

Quiz: The Turing Test

Flavour: Biz- Tech Quiz

Part of: Convergenz ’09

Date: Mar 15, 2008

Prelims – 2.30 pm @ IIM Bangalore
Finals – 4 pm, Auditorium @ IIM Bangalore

Content Partner: Karnataka Quiz Association
Quiz Master: Prof. Rajeev Gowda, IIM Bangalore

Prizes:
· Attractive Cash Prizes
· Prizes for Audience too

Event Guidelines
· The quiz is open to corporates and students.

· Team should consist of two members only — mixed teams allowed
· An entry fee of Rs 500/- will be charged for the teams.
· The top six teams would be shortlisted for the finals.
· No Reimbursement will be made for travelling or any other expenses incurred.
· The decision of the organizers would be final and binding on the contestants.

Visit http://pgsem.net for more details.

For more details, contact:
Akshat Kumar
akshatk07@iimb.ernet.in
+91-9972025224

The Turing Test @ Convergenz ’09

Quiz: The Turing Test

Flavour: Biz- Tech Quiz

Part of: Convergenz ’09

Date: Mar 15, 2008

Prelims – 2.30 pm @ IIM Bangalore
Finals – 4 pm, Auditorium @ IIM Bangalore

Content Partner: Karnataka Quiz Association
Quiz Master: Prof. Rajeev Gowda, IIM Bangalore

Prizes:
· Attractive Cash Prizes
· Prizes for Audience too

Event Guidelines
· The quiz is open to corporates and students.

· Team should consist of two members only — mixed teams allowed
· An entry fee of Rs 500/- will be charged for the teams.
· The top six teams would be shortlisted for the finals.
· No Reimbursement will be made for travelling or any other expenses incurred.
· The decision of the organizers would be final and binding on the contestants.

Visit http://pgsem.net for more details.

For more details, contact:
Akshat Kumar
akshatk07@iimb.ernet.in
+91-9972025224

Quizfest @ Incident '09

QuizFest@Incident ’09

Date: 26th February to March 1st 2009
Venue:NITK,Surathkal
,Karnataka

Quizzes
(1) General Quiz
Quiz Master : Mr. Arul Mani(KQA)
(2) Lone Wolf
(3) Sports and Entertainment Quiz
(4) India Quiz
(5) Biz-Tech Quiz

Total Prize Money: Rs 80,000
Teams of 3 for all quizzes
On-the-spot- registration for all quizzes
No registration fee for the quizzes.

Participants to be college students only.

For details visit http://www.incident09.com or call Chinmaya U.Holla:+91 99168 12650

Quizfest @ Incident ’09

QuizFest@Incident ’09

Date: 26th February to March 1st 2009
Venue:NITK,Surathkal
,Karnataka

Quizzes
(1) General Quiz
Quiz Master : Mr. Arul Mani(KQA)
(2) Lone Wolf
(3) Sports and Entertainment Quiz
(4) India Quiz
(5) Biz-Tech Quiz

Total Prize Money: Rs 80,000
Teams of 3 for all quizzes
On-the-spot- registration for all quizzes
No registration fee for the quizzes.

Participants to be college students only.

For details visit http://www.incident09.com or call Chinmaya U.Holla:+91 99168 12650

Quizzes @ Sinhgad College of Engineering

Host: Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune

Auto-Tech Quiz
Date- 27th and 28th February,2009
On the spot registrations are allowed,Teams of 2.
Venue- Mechanical Department (D-2)

Rules-
The quiz will be conducted in three rounds.
Questions will be based on Automobile and related to
Mechanical,Industrial and Production Engineering.

Round 1-MCQ’s (Elims)
Round 2-Audio-Visuals (semifinal)
Round 3-Finals on stage

Registration Fee- Rs 30/- per team

Prize Money- Worth Rs 15000/-

Contact- Chandrika (9890103807)
Tanmay (9850677103)

Sports Quiz

On the spot registrations are allowed,Cross college teams are allowed,
teams of 2.

Rules-
Elims will be conducted in the morning at 10am , top six teams from
the elims to qualify for the final.

Registration Fee- Rs 50/- per team

Prize Money- Worth Rs 5000/-

Contact- Rohit Bahulekar (9923084608)

Impetus '08- Review and Prelims

Review and Quiz for Quizkrieg

The Gen-Tech Quiz at UVCE’s annual Tech fest- Impetus drew a huge crowd. Quizmaster for yet another edition was Arul Mani.. A fantastic quiz yet again.

MSRIT team of Karthik and Nishant won the quiz followed by the BMSCE team.

The quiz was a general one with a huge Tech flavour to it

Impetus 2008

29 April 2008

QM: Arul Mani

Winners: Nishant & Karthik- MSRIT

1) This naming convention in programming is an ironic reference to the country from which the person who created it comes. In his country names are ‘reversed’ compared to most other European names; the family name precedes the given name. What practice?

Ans: Hungarian notation after Simonyi

2) Quanta Computers was founded by Barry Lam in 1988, and is still headed by him. They were named original design manufacturer for the XO-1 project and given a contract in 2007 for one million units. How does the layman know the XO-1 project?

Ans: OLPC or One Laptop per Child Programme

3) This law has often been illustrated using the example of fax machines: a single fax machine is useless, but the value of every fax machine increases with the total number of fax machines in the network, because the total number of people with whom each user may send and receive documents increases. It is named after the engineer who first used this idea to describe what he observed in connection with his 1974 invention IEEE 802.3. Which law?

Ans: Metcalfe’s law- Robert (Bob) Metcalfe

4) This German optician is remembered for the discovery of the dark absorption lines in the Sun’s spectrum now known by his name. He lends his name to a research organization with 56 branches across Germany- this organization came up with the MP3 algorithm. Who?

Ans: Franhauffer

5) The term was in use in Middle English Literature to mean ‘to know’. The term can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of bath’s Tale: ‘For well ___ thy patience is gon..’ It gained much attention in the international media because ‘it blends whimsy and new technology’. Identify the term.

Ans: wOOt (Last year’s MW Word of the year)

6) Sparkler (launched on September 12, 1997), Pumpkin, Abigail, Brutus, Chelsea, Playground, Cricket, Kestrel, Ladybird, Merlin, Hopper, Mantis, Tiger, Mustang and Dolphin (anticipated for 2008). Codenames associated with what?

Ans: Java

7) A ruler falls in love with a local dancer named Bhagmati who lives in the village of Chichlam. He builds a city and names it Bhagyanagar after her. Sometime later she converts to Islam, following which the city is given a new name based on her new Muslim name. Identify the city, now a state capital in India.

Ans: Hyderabad

8) Identify this Indian pilgrimage destination. It has three names, of which one comes from two rivers; the other a Pali corruption of this name while the third name comes from the Sanskrit for ‘shining’. Which town?

Ans: Benaras / Varanasi / Kasi

9) Ram, Bull, Twins, Crab, Lion, Virgin, Scales, Scorpion, Archer, Sea-goat, Water-bearer and Fish. What are we talking about?

Ans: Symbols associated with the Zodiac

10) The Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corporation has had all sorts of problem with maintaining their web presence since 2006. What has caused these difficulties?

Ans: Cuz of YouTube

11) The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco. This coating, practically all of which was worn away long ago, was painted to enhance the expressions of the faces, hands and folds of the robes; the larger one was painted carmine red and the smaller one was painted multiple colours. The lower parts of the statues’ arms were constructed from the same mud straw mix while supported on wooden armatures. It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts. This description was true till 2001. What?

Ans: Bamyan Buddhas

12) This 7 letter word is a term denoting globalization- arising from the fact that a company in the food business has a worldwide presence. If you add the letter ‘a’, to this word, you can be referring to a magazine founded by David Bunnell that caters to consumers of a specific Apple Product. Give me one of the two words.

Ans: McWord and MacWorld

13) He was one of the Traitorous Eight who founded Fairchild Semiconductors. The library at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge University is named after him and his wife. He is one of the primary donors at Caltech and a laboratory complex was dedicated in his name in 1996. Who?

Ans: Gordon Moore

14) What variation of a six letter word resulted because Silicon Valley engineer Tim Beauchamp refused in 1997 to relinquish the domain that he was using as a site for math and astronomy?

Ans: Google- Googol

15) What place name would early versions of MS-Word offer you as a correction if you typed in the word ‘Cooperation’ leading thus to the term ___ Effect for the ludicrous spell check on MS-Word?

Ans: Cupertino

16) Dan Bricklin is said to ahe invented the electronic spreadsheet with the introduction of _________ in 1979. What was ____ ?

Ans: Visicalc

17) They are essentially the tops of submerged mountain range that is a continuation of the Arakan Yomas in Burma. They occupy an area of 3185 square miles and lie 121 km south of Cape Negrais. What are we talking about?

Ans: Andaman & Nicobar Islands

18) Which Indian state is said to derive its name either from a dynasty that ruled over the area or from the Sanskrit word for the Coconut Palm tree?

Ans: Kerala

19) This small town in Karnataka is home to the oldest stud farm in Asia. Tipu Sultan is said to have begun breeding horses here. Which small town?

Ans: Kunigal

20) Which legendary Indian won the International marshal Tito award for the best railway sportsperson in 1984, 1985, 1989 and 1990?

Ans: P.T Usha

21) The Chance RT-52 is a small unit built by Chance Coach Inc measuring only 25’ 11’’ in length. It normally carries 19 to 23 passengers and is built to handle short run abouts. The most well known use of this unit resulted in what well known term?

Ans: Wiki – from the Wiki shuttle

22) Which scholar who wrote the Sarvadarsana Sangraha was also instrumental in the founding of Vijayanagar by Harihara and Bukka?

Ans: Vidyaranya

23) This award was instituted in 1991- its first recipient was Vishwanathan Anand. Last year, the award was given to the shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu. Among other things, the winner gets Rs 5, 00,000/-. Name the award.

Ans: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

24) The airport that serves Venice is named after which famous explorer and traveler who lived in the city?

Ans: Marco Polo

25) Complete this quote, attributed to one of the wives of the Persian king Nader Shah: “If a strong man should take five stones, and throw one north, one south, one east and one west, and the last straight up into the air, and the space between filled with gold and gems, that would be equal the value of ______”

Ans: Kohinoor

Suggestions & comments: mail@rohitnair.in

Impetus ’08- Review and Prelims

Review and Quiz for Quizkrieg

The Gen-Tech Quiz at UVCE’s annual Tech fest- Impetus drew a huge crowd. Quizmaster for yet another edition was Arul Mani.. A fantastic quiz yet again.

MSRIT team of Karthik and Nishant won the quiz followed by the BMSCE team.

The quiz was a general one with a huge Tech flavour to it

Impetus 2008

29 April 2008

QM: Arul Mani

Winners: Nishant & Karthik- MSRIT

1) This naming convention in programming is an ironic reference to the country from which the person who created it comes. In his country names are ‘reversed’ compared to most other European names; the family name precedes the given name. What practice?

Ans: Hungarian notation after Simonyi

2) Quanta Computers was founded by Barry Lam in 1988, and is still headed by him. They were named original design manufacturer for the XO-1 project and given a contract in 2007 for one million units. How does the layman know the XO-1 project?

Ans: OLPC or One Laptop per Child Programme

3) This law has often been illustrated using the example of fax machines: a single fax machine is useless, but the value of every fax machine increases with the total number of fax machines in the network, because the total number of people with whom each user may send and receive documents increases. It is named after the engineer who first used this idea to describe what he observed in connection with his 1974 invention IEEE 802.3. Which law?

Ans: Metcalfe’s law- Robert (Bob) Metcalfe

4) This German optician is remembered for the discovery of the dark absorption lines in the Sun’s spectrum now known by his name. He lends his name to a research organization with 56 branches across Germany- this organization came up with the MP3 algorithm. Who?

Ans: Franhauffer

5) The term was in use in Middle English Literature to mean ‘to know’. The term can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of bath’s Tale: ‘For well ___ thy patience is gon..’ It gained much attention in the international media because ‘it blends whimsy and new technology’. Identify the term.

Ans: wOOt (Last year’s MW Word of the year)

6) Sparkler (launched on September 12, 1997), Pumpkin, Abigail, Brutus, Chelsea, Playground, Cricket, Kestrel, Ladybird, Merlin, Hopper, Mantis, Tiger, Mustang and Dolphin (anticipated for 2008). Codenames associated with what?

Ans: Java

7) A ruler falls in love with a local dancer named Bhagmati who lives in the village of Chichlam. He builds a city and names it Bhagyanagar after her. Sometime later she converts to Islam, following which the city is given a new name based on her new Muslim name. Identify the city, now a state capital in India.

Ans: Hyderabad

8) Identify this Indian pilgrimage destination. It has three names, of which one comes from two rivers; the other a Pali corruption of this name while the third name comes from the Sanskrit for ‘shining’. Which town?

Ans: Benaras / Varanasi / Kasi

9) Ram, Bull, Twins, Crab, Lion, Virgin, Scales, Scorpion, Archer, Sea-goat, Water-bearer and Fish. What are we talking about?

Ans: Symbols associated with the Zodiac

10) The Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corporation has had all sorts of problem with maintaining their web presence since 2006. What has caused these difficulties?

Ans: Cuz of YouTube

11) The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco. This coating, practically all of which was worn away long ago, was painted to enhance the expressions of the faces, hands and folds of the robes; the larger one was painted carmine red and the smaller one was painted multiple colours. The lower parts of the statues’ arms were constructed from the same mud straw mix while supported on wooden armatures. It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts. This description was true till 2001. What?

Ans: Bamyan Buddhas

12) This 7 letter word is a term denoting globalization- arising from the fact that a company in the food business has a worldwide presence. If you add the letter ‘a’, to this word, you can be referring to a magazine founded by David Bunnell that caters to consumers of a specific Apple Product. Give me one of the two words.

Ans: McWord and MacWorld

13) He was one of the Traitorous Eight who founded Fairchild Semiconductors. The library at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge University is named after him and his wife. He is one of the primary donors at Caltech and a laboratory complex was dedicated in his name in 1996. Who?

Ans: Gordon Moore

14) What variation of a six letter word resulted because Silicon Valley engineer Tim Beauchamp refused in 1997 to relinquish the domain that he was using as a site for math and astronomy?

Ans: Google- Googol

15) What place name would early versions of MS-Word offer you as a correction if you typed in the word ‘Cooperation’ leading thus to the term ___ Effect for the ludicrous spell check on MS-Word?

Ans: Cupertino

16) Dan Bricklin is said to ahe invented the electronic spreadsheet with the introduction of _________ in 1979. What was ____ ?

Ans: Visicalc

17) They are essentially the tops of submerged mountain range that is a continuation of the Arakan Yomas in Burma. They occupy an area of 3185 square miles and lie 121 km south of Cape Negrais. What are we talking about?

Ans: Andaman & Nicobar Islands

18) Which Indian state is said to derive its name either from a dynasty that ruled over the area or from the Sanskrit word for the Coconut Palm tree?

Ans: Kerala

19) This small town in Karnataka is home to the oldest stud farm in Asia. Tipu Sultan is said to have begun breeding horses here. Which small town?

Ans: Kunigal

20) Which legendary Indian won the International marshal Tito award for the best railway sportsperson in 1984, 1985, 1989 and 1990?

Ans: P.T Usha

21) The Chance RT-52 is a small unit built by Chance Coach Inc measuring only 25’ 11’’ in length. It normally carries 19 to 23 passengers and is built to handle short run abouts. The most well known use of this unit resulted in what well known term?

Ans: Wiki – from the Wiki shuttle

22) Which scholar who wrote the Sarvadarsana Sangraha was also instrumental in the founding of Vijayanagar by Harihara and Bukka?

Ans: Vidyaranya

23) This award was instituted in 1991- its first recipient was Vishwanathan Anand. Last year, the award was given to the shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu. Among other things, the winner gets Rs 5, 00,000/-. Name the award.

Ans: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

24) The airport that serves Venice is named after which famous explorer and traveler who lived in the city?

Ans: Marco Polo

25) Complete this quote, attributed to one of the wives of the Persian king Nader Shah: “If a strong man should take five stones, and throw one north, one south, one east and one west, and the last straight up into the air, and the space between filled with gold and gems, that would be equal the value of ______”

Ans: Kohinoor

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