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The Computer Bowl 1993: east vs west.

West Coast high-tech leader eamed the title "Computer Masters of the Universe," when they took on their East Coast industry rivals in the Fifth Annual Computer Bowl, held May 14 1993, at the San Jose (CA) Civic Auditorium. The score was 25 to 14.

This is the third time and the second year in a row that the West Coast team has won this bicoastal contest of computer knowledge and trivia. It was also the last in a series of five games before The Computer Bowl All-Star Game in 1994, to be played by the Most Valuable Players, the highest individual point scores of all five previous Bowls. Created and produced by The Computer Museum, Boston, and presented by the ACM, the Bowl supports the Museum's educational mission.

round 1

1. In 1978 Ward Christensen and Randy Seuss created a Computer First in the city of Chicago. What computer-based innovation did they create?

2. PC Letter publishes a vaporlist of software products that have been announced, but have not been shipped. One software program holds the record for being on the PC Letter vaporware list for the longest time -- four years and two months. What program holds this dubious distinction? Was it Lotus 1-2-3 for the Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, DBase IV, or OS/2?

3. A recent art exhibit at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris featured a supercomputer that generates real-time images that evolve and change with audience interaction. What supercomputer was used for this exhibit?

4. A high-tech executive recently wrote a book having nothing to do with computers. It's about diet and nutrition. The title is The Ten Percent Solution. Who is the author? Is it Ray Kurzweil, Mitch Kapor, Philippe Kahn, or John Akers?

1 St bonus round-computer books

A. In the book Colossus: The Forbin Project, an American supercomputer is pitted against a Russian supercomputer. The American computer was called Colossus. What was the name of the Russian Computer? Was is Gorbachip, Nyetsky, Guardian, or Sputnik?

b. Tracy Kidder wrote a book called The Soul of a New Machine. In that book, hardware designers are called Hardy Boys. What are the software designers called?

c. There's a current best seller published by Doubleday called simply Gates. Who wrote Gates?

toss-up Questions

5. According to the New York Times, what U.S. government official once sent the following email message: "Oh Lord, I lost the slip and broke one of the high heels. Forgive please. Will return the wig on Monday." Was it William Casey, J. Edgar Hoover, Oliver North, or George Bush?

6. What is the exact number of bytes in a megabyte?

7. A widely used distributed campus information service originated at the University of Minnesota. The system was named after the University of Minnesota mascot. What is it called?

8. Some computers have a "scuzzy" ports. Scuzzy stands for SCSI. What does S-C-S-I stand for?

2nd bonus round-Acronyms

A. "WIMP" is a word that used to be applied to George Bush. In computers, WIMP is an acronym. What do the letters W-I-M-P stand for?

b. PCMCIA is a new acronym in the personal computer field describing a standard for PC add-ins. What do the letters P-C-M-C-I-A stand for?

c. ISO is also a computer acronym. The letters are I-S-O. What do they stand for?


9. November 16, 1992 marked the beginnig of nationwide ISDN service in the U.S. as local and national carriers were networked for the first time. This historic linkup was given a name. Was it called the Golden Splice, the Silver Spike, the Digital Deed, or the Magic Moment?

10. Tom Brigham is generally credited with having invented the computer technique called morphing. For his invention, Brigham recently received a technical achievement award. What award did he receive?

11. Steve jobs has a daughter whose name is the same as that of a computer. What is her name?

12. The IBM 70-94 had a light that came on to tell you the oil pressure was low. What was the oil used for?

round 2

1. (DEMO) Nearly 30 years ago, one of the first precursors to today's pen-based computers was developed. It is a digital graphic input device with its own pen-like stylus. Where was this tablet developed? Was it Xerox Parc, IBM, Bell Labs, or the Rand Corporation?

3rd bonus round - Microsoft - East Coast

A. What is the name of the data compression feature used in Microsoft's new version of DOS, 6.0?

b. In 1985, Several Japanese computer companies hoped to introduce computers into the U.S. Market using a new operating system that was written for them by Microsoft. What was the name of that operating system?

c. According to the U.S. News and World Report, quite a few Microsoft employees have become millionaires by virtue of their ownership of Microsoft stock. How many Microsoft employees own at least a million dollars' worth of stock?

toss-up Questions

2. Cartoonist Scott Adams sometimes puts his Internet email address between the panels of his nationally syndicated comic strip. What comic strip does he draw?

3. Which of the following terms is the name of a type of computer memory? BIAX, TRIAX, QUADRAX, or PENTAX?

4. Since 1984, a contest has been held on USENET for the most unreadable, creative, bizarre, but working C program. What is the name of this contest?

5. The adventure game "King's Quest" was originally written for a particular computer. The game outlived the computer. For what computer was "King's Quest" originally written?

6. Kevin Costner, Alan Greenspan, and Dick Cavett all have something in common that's related to computers. What is it they have in common?

4th bonus round - computer Ads - West Coast

I will name the actor. You tell me for what computer company he served as a spokesperson.

A. Alan Alda

b. Bill Cosby

c. William Shatner

round 3 -

1. In 1983 the Heath company marketed a robot kit. What was the name of the Heathkit robot?

2. The Geos operating system from Geoworks was originally developed for what computer?

3. One of the earliest personal computers was the ALTAIR, manufactured by MITS. What did the letters M-I-T-S stand for?

4. What is the name of the computer program used by British mathematician Stephen Hawking for communicating with other people?

5th bonus round - software

A. "SKETCHPAD" was the first computer-aided design or CAD program. It used a light pen for drawing images. Who wrote SKETCHPAD?

b. Who wrote the computer game "Pinball Construction Set"?

c. Who wrote the computer game "Ghostbuster"?

toss-up Questions

5. During the 1980s there was a magazine that focused exclusively on Tandy TRS-80 computers. What was the name of that magazine?

6. Agnes, Paul and Denise were the fanciful names of three custom chips inside a personal computer. In what computer did these three chips reside?

7. In 1950 a computer designed by Edmund Berkeley made the cover of Scientific American magazine. The computer contained 130 relays and a five-hole paper tape input. What was the name of Berkeley's computer? Was it the SIDAC, the SILLIAC, the ELECTRO, or the SIMON?

8. Computer-related maladies such as carpal tunnel syndrome and bursa shoulder are examples of RSDs or as they are sometimes called, RSIs. What do the letters RSD or RSI stand for?

9. The print language "POSTSCRIPT" uses Bezier curve calculations for its characters. "True Type" uses a different kind of curve calculation. What kind of curve calculation is used by True Type?

10. The winner of the 1992 ACM Turing Award was Robin Milner. What language did he develop? Was it ICON, ML, FP, or Lisp?

6th bonus round - programming and programmers

Iw ill give you the name of a programming language. You tell me who wrote it.

A. Who wrote Tiny BASIC?

b. Who invented Forth?

c. What is the name of the C program used by Unix programmers to examine a program closely for style, language, usage, and portability problems?

toss-up Questions

11. In describing video displays, the acronym RGB stands for red, green, blue. What does the acronym HSB stand for?

12. The Commodore VIC 20 was introduced in 1981. How many columns of text were displayed on the VIC 20 screen in the default mode? Was it 18, 22, 40, or 80?

13. Can you name the two kinds of silicon used in a C-MOS integrated circuit?

14. The first Cray-1 supercomputer was installed in 1977. Where was it installed?

15. What do you call the feature appearing in early Macintosh drawing software, such as Macpaint and Superpaint, that lets you enlarge and modify a small portion of a drawing one pixel at a time?

16. In his 1950 article entitled "Computer Machinery and Human Intelligence," Alan Turing poses a question about an artist as an example of the kind of question a computer can't answer. To what artist did Turing refer? Was it Picasso, Dali, DaVinci, or Michaelangelo?

round 4

1. In computer music terminology, a common acronym is ASDR. What do the letters A-S-D-R stand for?

2. If you wanted to expand the memory on the original IBM PC, how much memory could you fit onto the motherboard?

7th bonus round - computers in the movies - East Coast

A. In what 1977 movie did Julie Christie play the role of woman who is imprisoned, and then impregnated by a computer? Was it Basic Instinct, Demon Seed, Love You to Death, or The Forbin Project?

b. This 1985 movie was about two nerdy teenagers who use a computer to conjure up the woman of their dreams. What is the name of the movie?

c. This 1984 film was directed by Steve Barrow and told the story of a not-so-classic love triangle involving a boy, a girl, and a computer. What was the name of the movie? Was it The Electric Horseman, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Electric Dreams, or The Last Starfighter?

toss-up Questions

3. Most microprocessors have an IRQ pin. What does IRQ stand for?

4. In the Computer Museum's "People and Computers" exhibit, the first computer to ever light a broadway show is displayed. The show was A Chorus Line. What was the computer?

5. In 1976, the first Z-80-based computer was introduced. What company introduced it? Was it Processor Technology, CROMEMCO, RCA, or Sinclair?

6th bonus round - microprocessors - West Coast

A. According to the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records, what is the fastest microprocessor in the world?

b. What is a unit of real estate on a VLSI ship called?

c. What microprocessor was used inside the Cosmac Elf computer?

toss-up Questions

6. What was the first real-time computer? Was it the UNIVAC 418, the DEC PDP-8, the Whirlwind, or the IBM 701?

7. M.I.T. is famous for its Media Lab where they work on innovative uses of computer technology in the media. The Media Lab is the successor to another group at MIT called ARK-MACK. What did ARK-MACK stand for?

8. Football games on TV often have ads for cars, beer, and even, occasionally, computers. But during the 1993 Fiesta Bowl, one sponsor was an operating system. What was the computer operating system that was advertised in the Fiesta Bowl?

9. LIPS is an acronym for a measure of computer performance. What does LIPS stand for?


round 1

1. The First Bulletin Board System (BBS)

2. Lotus 1-2-3 for the Macintosh

3. CM-2 Connection Machine from Thinking Machines

4. Ray Kurzweil

1st bonus round - computer books

A. Guardian

b. Microkids

c. Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews

5. Oliver North

6. 1,048,576

7. Gopher

8. Small Computer System Interface

2nd bonus round - Acronyms

A. Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pull Down (or Pop Up) Menus

b. Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

c. International Organization for Standardization

9. Golden Splice

10. An Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

11. Lisa

12. To cool core memory

round 2

1. Rand Corporation

3rd bonus round - Microsoft

A. Doublespace

b. MSX

c. 2000

2. Dilbert

3. Biax

4. The Obfuscated C Contest

5. IBM PC Junior

6. All did TV commercials for Apple

4th bonus round - computer Ads

A. Atari or IBM

b. Texas Instruments

c. Commodore

round 3

1. Hero

2. Commodore 64

3. Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems

4. Equalizer

5th bonus round - software

A. Ivan Sutherland

b. Bill Budge

c. David Crane

5. 80 Micro

6. Commodore Amiga

7. Simon

8. Repetitive Strain Disorder or Injury

9. Quadratic

10. ML

6th bonus round - programming and programmers

A. Tom Pittman

b. Charles Moore

c. Lint

11. Hue, Saturation, Brightness

12. 22

13. P-type and N-type

14. Los Alamos National Lab

15. Fatbits

16. Picasso

round 4

1. Attack, Sustain, Decay, Release

2. 64K

7th bonus round - computers in the movies

A. Demon Seed

b. Weird Science

c. Electric Dreams

3. Interrupt Request

4. DEC PDP-8

5. Cromemco

8th bonus round

A. DEC Alpha chip

b. Nanoacre or Square MIL

c. RCA 1802

6. Whirlwind

7. Architecture Machine Group

8. IBM OS/2

9. Logical Inferences Per Second
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Title Annotation:Supplement to Communications of the ACM; ACMemberNet
Publication:Communications of the ACM
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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