Friday, 3 April 2015
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We conducted this Quiz online in some groups. If you missed it then , savor it here !

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Thursday, 2 April 2015
Biz-Tech Quiz

1. Connect

Ans. John Mcafee
         He has worked in all of these companies

2. Connect

Ans, Softbank backed companies
  Nameless Faggit
  Dokla Ayudhiyu
Ans. Pseudonyms used in Norinder Mudi jokes

4.Saint-Loup-de-Varennes is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France. It is 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the centre of Chalon-sur-Saône. However, this place holds a special significance in the world of modern day technology.
Identify the significance.
Ans. The First Ever photograph was taken at this place at Le Gras


Ans. Google's  Together Online Campaign

6. Connect

Ans. Official Sponsors of the MCG

7.This gesture has been used by many a sportsperson, especially footballers, as a means to celebrate game successes such as goals. But as a matter of fact, Google had actually patented this gesture. The patent was filed way back in 2011. If you make this gesture  in front of an object, it would trigger Glass to identify the content in front it and post it up to a social network of your choice with "an indication that the image is 'liked.‘

Which gesture am I talking about?
Ans. Heart-hand gesture

8. What is this a list of?

Ans. Foxconn Employees committing suicides

9.The image below shows reporters inspecting bullet holes of an execution chair in Utah. What is so significant about that chair? Why is this question being asked in a Biz-Tech Quiz?

Ans. This is Gary Gilmore's execution chair. He's said to be the inspiration behind Nike's "Just Do It" Slogan

10. Connect

Ans. Uber Tie-ups

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Tech Curiosity 83

Q1) Computer scientist, Margaret Hamilton wrote the self-testing programme codes for the Apollo 11 mission. However, she is known to have coined another term that is very popular in the IT and computer science fields. What did she coin?

Q2) As a part of its mobile platform launch, X set up SCAN N SHOP Virtual Shopping Wall at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi (domestic departure wing). The virtual wall comprises dynamic LED TV screens. Each TV screen displays products on sale accompanied by a unique QR code, which people may scan to display the respective product's details. The customers can place their orders by scanning the QR code against each item or over the phone, through Cash on Delivery. Name X.

Q3) The two images depict two forms of graphics. The one which is less clear is composed of pixels and is called 'Raster' (for instance .gif and jpeg). What type of graphics is the clearer one known as?

Q4) Identify the app.

Q5) This family of personal computers was certainly one of the most successful and first- to ever have a hybrid architecture.  The first model of this line of computers was launched in the 1980s, and was chosen because it is the Spanish word for (female) friend, and alphabetically it appears before Apple in lists of computer makers. It originated as a project called Lorraine, therefore the female was used instead of the male and general version Amigo. Manufactured by Commodore International, what was this series of pc's called?

Q6) Which major IT company acquired QuickFire Networks, a startup that helps view high-quality video with low bandwidth? This company got particularly interested in QuickFire after its blog views peaked 1 billion per month.

Q7) Which Indian bank was the first in the country to introduce credit and debit cards that worked on Near-Field Communication technology?

 In lieu of several criticisms it received in recent times for its privacy policies the site X in September ,2014 launched this character to be used as the mascot for its privacy policies. Which site?

Q9) Tirumala Sri Venkateshwara temple is a famous Vedic temple in the hill town of Tirumala, near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth, and the most-visited place of worship in the world. It is one of the few temples in India to provide online services such as e-darshan and advanced bookings.  Which IT major did it rope in recently to take care of these services?  

Q10)This is Ratan Tata , the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group  with the founders of a web based company that he invested in. Name the Company.

Post your answers to the question in the comments section.Answers would be updated soon.
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Monday, 26 January 2015
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We received 45 entries in all , a good number for a quiz organised at such short notice.The concept was new and fresh , most have appreciated it. We have a winner , but none who could solve the ciphered message. Hence the prize would be added to the next edition of the event.

The winner of the Quiz is Animesh  (27.5 points), congratulations!

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Tech Curiosity 82


1) Id the company these three pioneered.

2) Name the software developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) to digitise the artefacts kept in the top 10 museums of our country.

3) What is the name of the OS that is endorsed by the North Korean government, built very similar to the Mac OS, it uses only the Korean language? It has a software called 'Wine' allowing Windows based applications to run through it, as earlier computers in North Korea ran the typical English version of Windows.

4) It is well known that Gangnam Style has rewritten every record of Youtube, however what recently did this video achieve that forced Youtube to edit one of their own code settings? This was very similar to what happened in PacMan kill screen, after level 256 where things went haywire. 

5) The man in the picture is Ravi Subramanian. He has recently authored a book that explores the good and the bad about Bitcoins and their impact on the Indian economy. Name it.

6) Name this company which is rumoured to be building a direct competitor to Google Glasses, this is supposedly the patent application image of the product.

7) Google is known for its connection with Maths. Their high level codes require excellent mathematicians, thus explaining their necessity. There is a story about when Google went public, they had precisely offered 14,159,265 shares to the public. What was the logic behind this?

8) This instant messaging cross-platform service started in Netherlands in 2012. They moved their headquarters to New Delhi to be a part of the mobile technology boom that was on-going in India. Appointing Vikas Saxena as their CEO, this service now has more than 150,000 active users. It has an in-app portal called N-World where apps, gifts, goods, toys are all on sale and contributes majorly to their income. Which instant messaging aggregator is being talked about?

9) Identify the game.

10) On the lines of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, the students of this institute started a 'Knowledge Packet Programme', hoping to gain attention on the web for their IIT campaign. The 2000-odd packets that they distributed had a notebook, textbook and other study material. Which institute's students had done this?
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Saturday, 3 January 2015
Tech Curiosity 81


1.    ‘X’ is the American Navy’s underwater drone designed to look and swim like a real fish. The new gizmo, at five feet long and nearly 100 pounds, is about the size of an albacore tuna but looks more like a shark, at least from a distance. It’s part of an experiment to explore the possibilities of using biomimetic, unmanned, underwater vehicles, and the Navy announced it wrapped up testing of the design last week.

Ans. Ghostswimmer

2   ID the list.
Robin Williams
World Cup
Malaysia Airlines
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Flappy Bird
Conchita Wurst
Sochi Olympics
 Top 10 Global Trending Searches on Google in 2014

3.  This is a new  connected speaker released by Amazon. It plays music, news, radio and more as well as respond to commands and queries via its included virtual assistant technology, it also comes with a dedicated mobile app for configurations and other settings.
What is the name of this newly unleashed product of Amazon?
Ans; Amazon Echo

4.    Adobe's new hardware combo -- the Ink Bluetooth-based iPad stylus and Slide digital ruler companion -- can help your learn to draft and draw. Think of it as digital pen and paper, which allows you to draw any shape on your iPad. The tools work with software (formerly known as Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line) called Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Line. At $199.99, it's a bit expensive for an accessory, but it's a good tool for aspiring artists.
which product is being described here?
Ans. Adobe Ink and Slide

5.     Connect the following to an organization
Bill Gates
Jerry Yang
Evan Williams
Pierre Omidyar
Reid Hoffman
6.    ID the product and its significance in the history of technology

Ans. Magnavox odyssey – the first gaming console

7.    Connect the following to a specific  entity

Ans. Samsung
        It was involved in the construction of all of these structures

8.    ‘X’ is a cloud telephony company based in Bangalore. It provides services like virtual phone numbers and telephony applications for SMEs, eliminating the need for expensive call centers. The company received $500,000 in funding from Mumbai Angels and Blume Ventures in March 2012, a year after its founding. It now has more than 500 clients, with plans to add 1,500 more customers by the end of 2014.
ID this emerging Indian start-up which is often linked to
Ans. Exotel  

9.    The description of which tech product has been given below?
“It uses the heating element that vaporizes the liquid solution
  It is also called electronic vaping device”
Ans. E-cigarette

10. Connect the following to something specific.

Ans. The Interview
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
42 - The Ultimate Tech Quiz

A Quiz was conducted on our Facebook Page, DORK's Corner on 29.12.2014. 
The following questions were asked in the quiz.

Q1. For a long time Gangnam Style has been the most viewed video on Youtube and recently it also broke Youtube's views counter. But the day when Gangnam Sytle reached 1 billon views on Youtube was a significant day in th history of world. What was the day?

Ans: Doomsday(21.12.2012), The end of Mayan Calendar.

Q2.  Mozi was a Chinese philosopher born in Tengzhou, Shandong Province, China. He founded the school of Mohism and argued strongly against Confucianism and Daoism. His philosophy emphasized self-restraint, self-reflection and authenticity rather than obedience to ritual. However he gave the earlist specifications of something in the world of tech, which inturn inspired a modern day gadget. What?      

Ans:  He gave the specifications of the pinhole camera, which inturn gave the world camera.

Q3. Identify the advertiser.

Ans: Bittorrent

Q4.The left side of the this logo resembles the famed Ashoka Chakra, that also appears on the Indian national flag, while its right half is a depiction of a compact disc. The combination of both symbols is intended to draw attention to the similarity between political freedom and free software, the latter of which the X promotes. Whose logo? (FSF Wont do)

Ans: FSFI (Free Software Foundation Of India)

Q5. Monty X were a British surreal comedy group who created their sketch comedy show Monty X's Flying Circus, that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music. Y was a huge fan of X and hence he named his project X. X and Y please!(No part Points)

Ans:  X- Python Y- Guido Van Rossum.

Q6. Foretold is a book by Antonia Cyn. The book is set in 836AD and depicts the love story of Lothar and Dara, two people, who by all standards were enemies. Though this book was not hugely appreciated, it gained a lot of attention in 2014 in India. Why?

Ans: This was the costliest book on flipkart.

Q7. We know Steve Wozniak was Apple's Employee No.1, and Steve Jobs was Employee No. 2. However these Employee numbers were randomly assorted by Michael Scott. Chris Espinoza was assigned Employee No.8, for which he was not happy. Why was he given this number?

Ans: He joined Apple at 14. He was at school when Micheal Scott was assigning the numbers. And hence got the last number. 

Q8. There is no definitive answer where the word “X” came from, who really started it. The word is used by many when they click a candid photograph with a person in the foreground and a place or object of in the background. Object of interest could be famous monument or a bridge over the river or the river itself or your new car or just a hotel you stayed in. X please!

Ans: Patel Shot

Q9. Connect.

Ans: He is Faisal Farooqui, founder It was blocked by Beam Fiber. They had a very long fight against Supreme Court to renew IT Act 2000. They started the concept of ads behinds autos. 

Q10. The Farm Pac slaughterhouse, a hangout of many Lubbock youth, was burned in 1996. The burned out building was used as a haunted house for several Halloweens after that. In 2001, the grounds surrounding it were converted into the "West Texas Canyon Amphitheater" and re-opened as the Lone Star Amphitheater in 2006. However it is somehow connected to the world of tech. How?   

Ans: This the place where the famous group, The Cult Of The Dead Cow was formed!

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