December 01, 2006

TriviaYogi i - Bizz 6

Q1. ConnectIQ

Books written by Sudha Narayan Murthy of Infosys foundation

Q2. He appeared on Steve Allen's television show "I've Got a Secret" in 1965. His secret? The piano music that he played on the show was composed by a computer of his own design. In 1974, he founded a company where he introduced the Reading Machine, a novel device that combined three inventions: the first charge coupled device (C.C.D.) flatbed scanner, the first optical character recognition (O.C.R.) software, and the first, full text-to-speech synthesizer. His Reading Machine was able to detect and correct errors as well as audibly pronounce words. The commercial version of the O.C.R. software was used by Lexis-Nexis to create its vast online databases of news and legal information. In 1978, he sold his O.C.R. business to Xerox.

Identify this genius who created hardware and software to help blind people read and musicians make music.

Ray Kurzweil

Q3. Back2Back.

Identify the logo's. Prominent Indian Companies

i.) KPIT Cummins Infosystems

ii) Praj Industries

Q4. While an undergraduate at Yale University in 1965, he wrote an economics paper observing that as society became more automated, computer companies would need to insure that their products were dependable. Computers couldn't make business cheaper, faster, and more accurate unless they could be fixed rapidly. Their manufacturers would need a nimble logistics and delivery system to keep their customers happy. He realized that a hub-and-spoke network could create an enormous number of connections more efficiently than a point-to-point delivery system. The delivery system he conceived used both airplanes and trucks, which was unheard of at the time. He first tested the initial 25-city network, flying empty boxes across the country, and then went live on April 17, 1973.

Name the founder and the company.

Fredrick W.Smith - FedEx

Q5. ConnectIQ

This is an interesting connect, remember this is i – Bizz : - )

Lewis Tappan created the first viable credit reporting service in America with a network of correspondents under the Tappan’s Mercantile Agency to offer up-to-date and comprehensive credit information about people in their communities. Tappan transferred the running of the agency to his chief clerk, Benjamin Douglass, in 1849. By 1851, 2000 full-time correspondents were reporting from across the nation. Douglass then transferred the company to his brother-in-law, Robert Graham Dun, in 1858, and in 1933 R.G. Dun & Company merged with its main rival, Bradstreet, forming Dun & Bradstreet, the largest credit reporting entity in the world.

Tappan's credit information business enlisted local correspondents including a young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, a midwestern storekeeper, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley. All of whom went on to become Presidents of USA

Q6. Opening page of which website (it's not a company's website but for a thing that is inspired from this (in)famous company of recent times).

Here is what's written in the box (Pic1) "Security Alert - You are attempting to browse the belongings of _______ Inc."

Enron The Musical check out

Q7. What's the Connect

Aurora Borealis - Crystal Transmission - Volcano - Aurum - Dorado


In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Other coatings include Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings are applied to 50% of an object, however some are coated two times, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc

Q8. Which brand would come next in this series

Head (

Q9. Print Ad for which product (Think Beverages)

Diet Pepsi

Q10. Identify him (clue in the pic)

Joseph C. Wilson, he reinvented "The Haloid Company" manufacturing photographic paper and equipment as Xerox in 1906. The company came to prominence in 1959 with the introduction of the first plain paper photocopier using the process of xerography (electrophotography) developed by Chester Carlson, the Xerox 914 which is shown here in the pic.

Murali Duggineni - 6
Deepak Bhat - 4
Ashish Golcha - 4
Nikhil Narayanan - well tried
Sushil Kumar Vashishta - 6
Debashish Mukherjee - 2
Santanu Dey - 1
Suryadeep Agrawal - 2

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