Win a MacBook Pro competition in the Independent

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by nw43, May 14, 2006.

  1. nw43 macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005
    Did anyone else see the win a MacBook pro competition in yesterday's Independent newspaper in the UK?

    There are 10 MacBook Pro's up for grabs but it's quite tough and there are 30 'techie' questions to answer. I've done most of them but stuck on the last few. Can anyone help?

    How many text messages does the avergae UK consumer send each week?
    a - 119
    b - 28
    c - 4

    What is the word mouse an acronym for?

    How much did the value of a single Microsoft share go up in the first day of trading in 1986?

    How much money in royalties did Alexey Pazhitnov, the inventor of Tetris, receive for his creation?
    a - £0
    b - £100,800
    c - £670

    With which three keyboard keys can you rotate a screen on a PC?

  2. Brize macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2004
    I can't vouch for the accuracy of these answers, but this is what Google turned up:

    1. B – 28 (Third bullet point in the 'Across all platforms' section.)

    2. Minimum Orbital Unmanned Satellite of Earth

    3. $2.00 (Last four paragraphs.)

    4. £0

    I'll leave the last question to someone with a PC.

    Like I said, I don't know how accurate this information is. Do check the sources yourself.
  3. nw43 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005
    Thanks for your help. Got them all I think now except for the mouse acronym as I've seen a few possible answers for this....
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    good luck hope u win, then you can post in the "have u ever won a contest thread" :)
  5. nw43 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005

    That's the main reason I'm going for it....and the MacBook Pro will probably be quite nice too! ;)
  6. elliottw macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2006
    Pong Is Wrong

    The first arcade game was actually "computer space" not pong.

    Bill Gates was the first centi-billionaire & shares went up in Microsoft by $8.

    Need any more answers let me know.
  7. ZiggyR macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2006
    I've just signed up here as I found the thread trying to find the answer to the question about which keys rotate PC screens. I thought some of the questions were arguable and here's my answers to the questions I thought were a little debatable or less obvious:
    1 - First email sent in 1965
    4 - Average text messages per week was 28
    6 - MOUSE: I assumed they meant a computer mouse and, probably foolishly, answered that it wasn't an acronym, it just looks like a mouse. I certainly found a number of possible acronyms but they all looked a bit made up to me.
    7 - Microsoft shares on first day of trading went up $7.75 from $21 to $28.75
    11 - First computer virus was Elk Cloner
    17 - You could presumably be bluejacked using a laptop or a PDA as well as with a phone.
    20 - First laptop was the Osborne 1 in 1981
    22 - Amazon was launched in 1995 (but the company was set up in 1994)
    23 - Alexey Pazhitnov didn't get anything for Tetris
    27 - Three keyboard keys to rotate a PC screen - I use a PC at work and I'm fairly sure you can't do this unless you have special software. I put CTRL-ALT-+ as that rotates the screen in some applications
    28 - Computer Space was the first arcade game
    30 - I know the toasted cheese sandwich was sold on eBay but I thought Britney's pregnancy test was bought direct from the hotel maid. I've no idea about Elvis' tibia!



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