Triva Contest for Old-Time HP Users
How much do you know about the
HP 3000? Test your
knowledge with this Trivia Quiz from the 1985
SMUG IV Pocket Encyclopedia.
- Whose garage did Hewlett-Packard start in?
- What was the main problem with Look-Ahead Seeks?
- What colors did the original HP 3000 come in?
- In the game Adventure, what happens when you release the bird with the snake?
- Give the later product names of database.utility, LARC Editor, Dollar Flow, and IMACS.
- On what US network TV show did HP run their first commercials?
- Who co-invented the HP 2000 Time Share Basic, co-founded Tandem Computers, and rewrote the original SORT intrinsics to make them faster?
- Who was the first president of the HP 3000 Users Group?
- What language was used to produce COBOL II, VIEW, the CS intrinsics, and IDS Form, but was never released to users?
- How did HP change the stack in the Athena MIT, causing numerous user programs to fail?
- Who wrote the TRACE/3000 symbolic debugger, now obsolete?
- What were memory locations 8 through 11 reserved but never used for?
- What HP products started life under the code names Amego, Grizzly, Linus, Calypso, Shadow, Lynx, Bonzai, and Gemini?
- What popular TV/radio personality from the Bay Area hosted HP's 1981 satellite TV show that announced the Series 64?
- What was the function of RSAM, a software tool developed in Brazil by an SE named Robert Strand, and what became of it?
- What company made the 47-megabyte disc drive?
- What facility hosted the 1977 North American users group meeting?
- Where was the 1979 North American users group meeting held?
- What does the "F" stand for in F. Alfredo Rego?
- What resulted in Marc Hoff eating an MIT tape?
- What is Wendell Henry most famous for?
- What does this photograph show?
Bonus Trivia Quiz by Eugene Volokh
Now check your responses against the answers.
- What are the full names of the editor commands A, E, I, O, U?
- What HP screen-handling product preceded V/3000 (aka VIEW, VPLUS)?
- What government post did Dave Packard hold?
- What is the full name of HP Steak Sauce?
- What was the distinguishing feature of the HP 2641 terminal?
- What does the HP 150 output when you type "ESC & a ?"?
- What happens when you hit control-DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on an HP 2645A terminal?
- What are the only unprintable characters that DISPLAY FUNCTIONS mode does not display [in the original HP terminals]?
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