Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 29-10-2014: ARPANET!

Hmm … That’s a bit odd … 

Did I tell you I’m job hunting at the moment?

And have to go into my local Job Centre, to search for work, online?

Well, I do.

And knew all about the planned digital makeover the government’s planning: a bit before the BBC.

Trouble is … ?

Well, the trouble is, it looks like the new computers — as the current ones I and others use to search for work — aren’t monitored.

Beyond the staff ‘having a chat’ if they see us using something like Facebook.

That’s … odd.

Given that — from the little I know — it’s easy for an IT team to deny access to things like FB, to groups of computers within an office?

Then it’s odd I could use the Job Centre machines to pay Facebook a quick visit, this morning.

Personally?   I think that’s an unfair benefit sanction waiting to happen … !

At ANY rate, that’s not why you’re here, is it … ?


It’s Wednesday.

Which mean s it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser: here’s this week’s questions, covered by the usual Creative Commons License.
Q1) 29th October saw the first computers linked up in the Internet’s predecessor: the ARPANET.   ARPANET is a contraction of Advanced Research Projects Agency … what … ?
Q2) In which year of the 1960s was this … ?
Q3) The ARPANET was funded by which US government department: the Department of Defense, Treasury or Education … ?
Q4) The name, ‘Internet’ is short for what … ?
Q5) ARPANET’s funders paid for the software that lets thing on the Internet talk to everything else on the ’Net: it’s called TCP/IP.   What do either of the P’s stand for … ?
Q6) Many of us on the ’Net, make use of the World Wide … what … ?
Q7) Many internet addresses start with the letters ‘http’.   What does the ‘h’ stand for in ‘http’: hyper, hypo or happy … ?
Q8) Those addresses are called URIs: or Uniform Resource whats … ?
Q9) Many of us use tablets and smart phones to surf the ’Net.   Most of which connect to the ’Net through what: the mobile phone network, an ethernet cable, or carrier pigeon?
Q10) Finally … most of us will connect — wirelessly or otherwise — to the internet through a what: Router, Grouter or Gromit?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 22nd September saw The Supremes become the first girl band to have a Number One hit album.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) Was this in the US, the UK or the Ukraine … ?
Q3) The album was called The Supremes A’ go go.   The phrase, A’ go go, comes from which European language: French, German or Hungarian … ?
Q4) The album was on the Motown label.   Who was the famous boss, owner and manager of Motown … ?
Q5) Motown’s owner co-wrote a song on ‘The Supremes A’ go go’.   Which song: ‘You Can’t Hurry Love,’ ‘Money,’ or ‘Get Ready’?
Q6) The Supremes consisted of three singers.   Diana Ross was one.   Name either of the other two.
Q7) The Supremes were the USA’s most successful vocal group.   How many Number Ones did they have: eleven, twelve or thirteen?
Q8) Those Number Ones were on the Billboard — or US — charts.   Which British band is the most successful band to feature on the Billboard charts?
Q9) Which British Girl band held the record for most chart entries: Bananarama, The Spice Girls or The Saturdays?
Q10) Finally … What was The Supremes’ biggest hit, with their original line-up: ‘You Can’t Hurry Love,’ ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ or ‘The Happening’ … ?
A1) 1966.
A2) The US.
A3) French.   (Used, here, to mean ‘in abundance’ or ‘plenty’.   There was also a famous Parisian nightclub called ‘Whisky A’ go go’.)
A4) Berry Gordy, Junior.
A5) Money.   (Or Money (That’s What I Want).   You Can’t Hurry Love was by Holland-Dozier-Holland, whilst Get Ready was written by Smokey Robinson.)
A6) Mary Wilson or Florence Ballard.   Mary Wilson is still alive today: Florence Ballard died of a heart attack, in 1976, at the age of 32.
A7) Twelve.   (They tied with Madonna.)
A8) The Beatles.   They managed a grand total of 20 Number Ones.
A9) Banarama.
A10) The Happening.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time.

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