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Has Anyone Seen My Slide Rule?

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Has Anyone Seen My Slide Rule game quiz
"The Lost Connection brings you a quiz about old-timey gadgets and gizmos that have somehow 'lost connection' with today's modern society!"

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1. Slide rules were portable mechanical devices used to make mathematical calculations less tricky or time-consuming. In their heyday, it was a common sight for science and engineering students to be seen walking around college campuses with slide rules in special holsters attached to their belts. Sadly, they fell out of use in the 1970s, thanks to the development of what device?
    atomic clock
    pocket calculator
    spirit level

2. Along with the advent of the personal computer in the 1980s, a number of memory storage devices were invented or adapted for use in our personal computers. Which of the following memory storage mediums came in 8", 5.25", 3.5" and a few other irregular sizes?
    floppy disk
    removable hard disk
    optical disc
    flash drive

3. Nowadays most television viewers receive their favourite channels through cable or satellite. It hasn't always been that way though. For years people fortunate enough to own televisions had some combination of antennas attached to their roofs and bunny ears perched on top of their sets. What drove the invention of cable TV?
    people in cities wanting more than just the local station
    the government trying to regulate programming
    advertisers trying to get their messages across the country
    people living in the mountains where antennas didn't work

4. Stock price information used to be conveyed to banks and brokerage houses using dedicated machines that churned out a constant stream of printouts onto thin strips of paper. What were these machines called?
    Van de Graaff generators
    Rube Goldberg devices
    Ticker tape machines
    Mobius strip appliances

5. This somewhat extraordinarily expensive computer was introduced in the early 1980s. Due to its cost and relatively limited capability, it turned out to be one of Apple corporation's few debacles. What was the name of this computer?

6. In the days before 'modern' warfare humans were still in the habit of flinging missiles at each other--though in ancient times the projectiles tended to be more organic in nature. Which of the following is NOT an example of an ancient siege engine?

7. Before there were compact discs, there were cassette tapes. Before that there were black plastic discs called records. There were several different types, depending on size, speed and capacity. Which of these is not a legitimate type of record?
    12 inch, 78 rpm
    10 inch, 33 1/3 rpm
    16 inch, 45 rpm
    7 inch, 45 rpm

8. Printing a document nowadays is easy, but it wasn't always the case. Today your options range from ink to laser, and colour printing is hardly a problem. One of the first options was halfway between a typewriter and a modern printer. The printer head would screech back and forth and it would take forever to get your document, and you could see the individual pixels that made up the letter. What's the name of this (nearly) obsolete system?
    Dot matrix
    Pen plotter

9. Despite overwhelming popularity in Japan, Sony was worried that the name of this product, now iconic among 1980s personal audio equipment, wouldn't go over well in other countries. As a result, the device was originally marketed in various countries as the "Soundabout" (USA), the "Stowaway" (UK) and the "Freestyle" (Sweden). A mere two decades later, you were more likely to see an iPod than one of these! Which gadget is this?
    MD Player

10. The typical computer monitor has undergone significant transitions since its inception. Many of the earlier home computers relied upon the television as a peripheral. Even so, one of the most important transitions was the introduction of VGA. What does VGA stand for?
    Visually Gratifying Arrangement
    Very Good Adapter
    Video Graphics Array
    Video Gradient Aspect

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