Monday, 16 June 2014

The Daily Teaser — 16-6-2014: IBM

Now, that’s frustrating … !

More so, than usual … !

I’ve told you — before now — about the term earworm, haven’t I … ?

Basically, it’s a tune — or part of a song —that get’s stuck in your head: and loops its way around your head.

Of course, me, being ME … ?

I’ve got a piece of recurring incidental music from the classic era of Dr Who going through my head: from an old Jon Pertwee called Death to the Daleks.

And not just the leitmotif, itself, no.   I’ve ACTUALLY got Nicholas Briggs version going through my head!

Turns out he taught himself to play it on the penny-whistle.

The WEIRD bit … ?

Is just not finding it on YouTube, so I could irritate you with it … !

Oy veh … !

At ANY rate, let’s get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and bagging five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed Teaser, shall we?

Here it is, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 16th June, 1911, saw the foundation of IBM - through the merger of how many companies: one, two or three?
Q2) IBM stands for International Business … what … ?
Q3) Some of IBM’s early machines used punched … what … ?
Q4) The company’s first CEO was Thomas J. Watson, Senior.   CEO stands for Chief Executive … what … ?
Q5) IBM is — given the colour of its logo, packaging and (some) products — as Big … what … ?
Q6) 1964 saw the company introduce its System 360 computers.   What would we now call these: a microcomputer, minicomputer, mainframe or supercomputer … ?
Q7) At one point, IBM made the M1918 Browning automatic … what?
Q8) IBM is also credited with inventing the Universal Product Code, or UPC.   A UPC is a type of what … ?
Q9) IBM introduced the Hard Drive.   In which year of the 1950s?
Q10) Finally … IBM was instrumental in introducing the IBM PC.   What does PC stand for … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th June, 1877, saw Henry Ossian Flipper become the first African American graduate of the United States Military Academy.   The Academy is in which area of New York state … ?
Q2) 15th June, 1954, saw the founding of UEFA: the governing body of European Football associations.   How many Football Associations are members of UEFA: 44, 54 or 64?
A2) 54.
Q3) 15th June, 2012, saw daredevil acrobat, Nik Wallenda, become the first person to tight rope walk over which US/Canadian landmark … ?
A3) The Niagara Falls.
Q4) 15th June, 2008, saw the death of noted special effects man, Stan Winston.   He won his first Best Visual Effects Oscar for which 1986 film … ?
A4) Aliens.
Q5) Finally … 15th June, 1804, saw New Hampshire ratify the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution: governing the election of two US Federal Officials.   Name either of those officials.
A5) The US President and vice-president.
I’ll leave you with this song: just because it’s got ‘Automatic’ in the title† … 

And this thought …
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”
Thomas J Watson, Sr.
Have a good day.

*        Glad to have you here, Debbi: certainly gets me up in the morning … !

†        You know, I always wondered where the people who make Futurama got the look and feel of Bender … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks! Glad to hear it. :)

1. three
2. Machines
3. cards
4. Officer
5. Blue
6. mainframe
7. rifle
8. bar code
9. 1956
10. personal computer