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1993 Fools: Infrequently Asked Questions (IAQs): Denouncing: THE LESSER INTERNUT TRIVIA HUNT
From samba!concert!decwrl!world!ddern Thu Apr 1 06:04:14 EST 1993 Article: 4465 of alt.internet.services Newsgroups: alt.internet.services Path: samba!concert!decwrl!world!ddern From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel P Dern) Subject: Lesser Internut Trivia Hunt Message-ID: <C4s4w3.A8z@world.std.com> Summary: Infrequently Asked Questions (IAQs) Keywords: Happy Day after March 31 Organization: The World Public Access UNIX, Brookline, MA Distribution: na Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1993 00:48:01 GMT Lines: 112 Denouncing: THE LESSER INTERNUT TRIVIA HUNT Date: 03/32/93 From: Daniel Dern, High Muckymuck, Internut Whirled Argument: Sure, savvy Internauts have proven they can locate important stuff and do essential things over the Internet, but how much do you really know about this globe-girdling gizmo? Hmmm? How much of its history do you know? (As those of us who read Usenet groups like alt.internet.access.wanted know, "those who do not read the previous week's postings are bound to repeat the same basic questions.") Do you care? Do we care that you don't care? Are you reading this or fnord have you skipped to what looks like fnord the interesting parts? Disclaimer: To simplify matters, there will be no rules, no prizes, and no entries. Previous winners of Internet Hunts will be disqualified unless their spouses have recently masqueraded as a member of the British constabulary. Comments and questions to Dave Null ( /dev/null@yoursystemFDQNhere ) Neither Ric nor Bill Gates know anything about this, unless you tell 'em. 1. What does the &-[8-}#.........@ smiley mean? (Take your best shot) 2. Using the Network Temperature Protocol, can you determine whether it's likely to rain at a given site, or is the air conditioning on too hard? How about the Network Earthquake Protocol? 3. Locate and quote the first stanza from "Rosencrantz and Ethernet". Who wrote it? 4. Explain why you probably don't want to telnet from the Internet to CompuServe? Who might? 5. Where can I get information on how to connect my bicycle to the Internet? Is there a newsgroup or mailing list about this? 6. Find a message from Gordon Cook that is not complaining or criticizing, and also what is the price for the Cook report? 7. Where was one of the first appearances of 'You are in a maze of twisty little directories, all alike'? 8. What were the two initial SNMP states for John Romkey's toaster? Who ate the demo? 42. For extra credit: Can you find a posting that is readable (although not necessarily identical) when rot13'd? (the text, not the header, of course) 9. What questions are most frequently asked on news.newusers.questions? 10. What was the Stargate project, and why didn't it happen? 11. How do I send a message to everyone on the Internet? (Don't try it, just indicate how) How much will this p*ss people off? How many hostile mail messages can you expect to get in response? 12. Without regard to likely skill, give a suggested starting line-up for the Internet All-Star Basketball team? For extra credit, give the opposing line-up from the Marketing Analysts team. 13. What's the real story behind the Core explosion in the Known Universe? Where can I get more details? 14. How many miles of wire were used in the show network (INTEROPnet)for Interop 92 Fall? How much pizza was consumed in putting it together? Chocolate? 15. In what technical newsletter Q&A column do answers tend to start with "Down on the farm, we have a saying..." 16. Who coined the expression, "Death by success" and what aren't they doing anymore? 17. In terms of transmission, what is the slowest connection on the Usenet (between two points, versus total hop count)? 18. How do I examine directory listings and individual files at remote FTP sites without retrieving them, assuming I'm still running a pre-1992 version of FTP and not using Gopher, etc? 19. Is there a way I can play tiddlywinks over the network? 20. Where can I get information about the following books?: _ Men Who Believe in OSI and the Women Who Love Them _ Root _ The Usenet Diet _ Why Johnny Can't Grep _ Integrated Routing Is No Sin 21. Who is Milo Media? 22. How many of these questions have real answers? 23. What is the origin of the term "SnailMail" (and don't bother bluffing!)? 24. What are some notable features of the Xmnm program? 25. What do you get when you play Internet Talk Radio segments backwards? Does Tipper Gore know about this? Thanks and good luck! (Remember, don't send answers.) Daniel P. Dern Emacsitor, Internut Whirrled email@example.com "Soup de jour, carpe diem, manana flambe"