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Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

maybe also could be used for a fun ? let’s see…

“Ahhh… the history of the computer. It’s long, impressive, and you’ve probably heard it a million times—right? Well, if you’re so sure you know what’s what and who’s who in computer history, prove it! See if you can separate the silicon from the silly:”
(stolen from “enter” magazine, May 1985, written by Megan Stine and H. William Stine, archive.org/details/EnterMagaz )

open thread to see the questions:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

In 1642m a French writer and philosopher named Blaise Pascal invented the first adding machine. It used eight wheels and a set of gears. In honor of his achievement:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

The forerunner of modern computers was invented in 1835 by English mathematician Charles Babbage. This machine used punch cards he borrowed from:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

Using Herman Hollerith’s Punch Card Calculator, the 1890 U.S. Census was counted by machine rather than by hand for the first time. As a result:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania spent the early 1940’s perfecting ENIAC, the world’s first all electronic computer. But the glory went to their competitor, whose first product was the Mark I. This 50-foot-long computer could only add, subtract, multiply and divide. The company that built Mark I was:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

In 1948, three scientists at Bell labs—Walter Brattain, John Bardeen, and William Shockley—came up with one of the century’s most important inventions. In the 1950s, the Japanese used it to revolutionize radio. The invention was:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

In 1951, the Remington Rand typewriter company made a big mark on the computer industry by introducing:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

The real electronic revolution began in the 1960s, when computers got small. A computer with the power of huge early comüputers could now fit into a case not much larger than a toaster oven. The development which made this possible was:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

No color, no fancy graphics, and only two tiny blips of sound—but in 1972, Pong arrived. Created by Nolan Bushnell, this was the first popular video arcade game. It helped Bushnell launch a company called:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

The first popular home computer had a home-grown name—the Apple II. It was introduced in 1977 by:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

In 1984, IBM announced a big breakthrough—the development of the 1000K RAM chip. With all that memory, you yould:

Hysterical History Quiz (separate the silicon from the silly) 

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