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The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

A big thank you to Corsair for the prize support and being good sports on the night

This is just a quick post to say a big thank you to all those that attended the first ever Custom PC and bit-tech Pub Quiz last night and making it such a great occasion.

On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, it was humbling to see the room filled with so many friendly faces, even if we did then repay your attendance with one of the most fiendishly difficult quizzes ever to be set in the history of geekdom.

We’d also like to give a big thank you to sponsors Corsair - without them the night simply wouldn’t have been possible and their prize support meant many of you left with arms full of booty. A special mention also to Paradox Interactive for making sure everyone who attended walked away with a free copy of Magicka.

Below is a small selection of hastily edited photos - there will be more, and a full blow by blow account soon. We’ll also be posting up some of the best memes that were created in our make a meme round, just let us recover from the evening’s merriment first eh.

All that’s left to say is a big congratulations to the overall winners, Team Epic LAN, who each walked away with a Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset, Corsair K60 keyboard, Corsair M60 mouse, Custom PC subscription, commemorative winners cheesecake and the frankly priceless Golden Graphics Card winner’s trophy (don’t break it, yeah, we’ll need it back for the next one).

They were closely followed by the magnificently titled Our Cheesecake Brings All the Geeks to the Yard team, who bagged a Corsair K60 mouse and K60 Keyboard, and the third placed 192.168.X.X team, who won a K60 mouse each.

The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

The bit-tech & Custom PC Quiz: thanks for coming

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Ending Credits 26th July 2012, 11:56 Quote
*Magicka ;)

But really great night, good to see some of you in person too!

And Joe, you definitely need to do more boardgame reviews!

Oh, and three cheers to Paul for organising everything!
Shirty 26th July 2012, 11:57 Quote
C'mon then, who's who. Mankz is the only face I recognise out of that lot :)
wuyanxu 26th July 2012, 12:02 Quote
go Our Cheesecake Brings All the Geeks to the Yard team!
Material 26th July 2012, 12:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits
*Magicka ;)

Gah, I always fall into that trap :-(
Tim S 26th July 2012, 12:14 Quote
Shame I couldn't make it - hopefully I'll get down to the next one!
Mankz 26th July 2012, 12:20 Quote
:'(

All i wanted was a limited edition poster..
KidMod-Southpaw 26th July 2012, 12:31 Quote
Why oh why do I have to be so far away!? I want to go to the next one! :'(
vaderag 26th July 2012, 12:31 Quote
Was really good fun, tho some *very* hard q's requiring some very specific knowledge!
Next time, some more general geekery rounds would be good ;) Maybe a science/maths round and a gaming trivia round...
mighty_pirate 26th July 2012, 12:32 Quote
Good quiz chaps.
I hope there are many more!
Material 26th July 2012, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by vaderag
Was really good fun, tho some *very* hard q's requiring some very specific knowledge!
Next time, some more general geekery rounds would be good ;) Maybe a science/maths round and a gaming trivia round...

Cheers for the feedback, obviously it was our first one, so we were a little unsure where to pitch it. We'll take your comments on board for the next one.
Petrol head 26th July 2012, 13:00 Quote
That looks great, I'm sorry I missed it (although not sure how much use I would have been). Just hope it doesn't fall on one of my son's birthdays next time.
Mankz 26th July 2012, 13:11 Quote
I have to say, I really rather liked the retro-geekery round.

Absolutely impossible, but its good having a round like that, where the odd obscure thing you remember from 10 years back gifts you a mark.
longweight 26th July 2012, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
I have to say, I really rather liked the retro-geekery round.

Absolutely impossible, but its good having a round like that, where the odd obscure thing you remember from 10 years back gifts you a mark.

We need to revise for the next one!
The_Pope 26th July 2012, 13:14 Quote
Was far from impossible. I LOVED that round. But maybe because I'm old :)
law99 26th July 2012, 13:16 Quote
Could you post the questions? Looks like it was good fun.
Material 26th July 2012, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by law99
Could you post the questions? Looks like it was good fun.

Yep, we'll be posting the full list of questions (or at least linking to them) in the main article we'll write up about it. We kept all the answer sheets too, so hoping to do a break down of what were the hardest questions. All just depends on time though.

To keep you going, i'll pop a few questions here too:

In The News Round

3. Last month, Seagate announced a partnership with Israeli company DensBits to develop and produce a line of which products?

8. Sony stoked rumours that the Playstation 4 will incorporate cloud gaming features by buying which company at the beginning of July?

TV & Film

2. In which movie did Hugh Jackman play a computer hacker, one who was able to work in spite of assorted distractions?

7. Five Harvard students have ten minutes to get root access to a Python web server, expose it’s SSL encryption, and then intercept all traffic over its secure ports. Which film are you watching?

General Tech Knowledge

1. Apple's latest iPad model features what Apple calls a Retina display, with a pixel density of 264ppi. What is the resolution of this screen?

5. Most motherboards use a specific function to reduce the electromagnetic interference generated by their onboard clock generators, which we recommend you turn off when overclocking. Name the function.

Tech Acronyms

4. What does HTTP stand for?

5. What does TCP stand for?

Retro Tech

2. In the 1970s, Xerox PARC developed the first operating system with a graphical user interface (GUI) as we now know it. What was it called?

8. How much storage space would you get on a double-sided, double-density 3.5in floppy disk?
Shirty 26th July 2012, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Pope
Was far from impossible. I LOVED that round. But maybe because I'm old :)

Geoff, I bet you forgot to take all those Orac posters to the quiz didn't you? Would have been a great way to "lose" at least some of them.
vdbswong 26th July 2012, 15:02 Quote
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... the third placed 192.168.X.X team, who won a K60 mouse each.

So did we miss out on some Keyboard/Mouse hybrid that Corsair have yet to release? :D.

And again, as everyone has already said (but can never be enough), thanks to Paul for organising it, we had a great time although my friends knew the answers to barely any of the questions :(.

As was suggested, maybe at least an easier/more general round for people to feel good in or a mix of questions (so like 4 easy, 3 medium, 2 hard and 1 "how did you know the answer was Jurassic Park" question)... although i guess they were already planned out like that and my friends just weren't' tech/geeky enough ;>

But again, Thanks You !
The_Pope 26th July 2012, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by shirty
Geoff, I bet you forgot to take all those Orac posters to the quiz didn't you? Would have been a great way to "lose" at least some of them.

What makes you think that?

I made a special trip to Dennis on Monday night to drop them off, and they were given away to various teams for categories like "Best Team Name" etc

36 posters in total, so VERY "Limited Edition" as they were billed :)
longweight 26th July 2012, 15:32 Quote
I thought the questions were well balanced, bring on the nerdy difficult questions!
Shirty 26th July 2012, 15:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
What makes you think that?

I made a special trip to Dennis on Monday night to drop them off, and they were given away to various teams for categories like "Best Team Name" etc

36 posters in total, so VERY "Limited Edition" as they were billed :)

Awesome, makes me even sadder I couldn't come though.
The_Pope 26th July 2012, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
As was suggested, maybe at least an easier/more general round for people to feel good in or a mix of questions (so like 4 easy, 3 medium, 2 hard and 1 "how did you know the answer was Jurassic Park" question)... although i guess they were already planned out like that and my friends just weren't' tech/geeky enough ;>

But again, Thanks You !

So if it was "3 medium, 2 hard..." are you trying to say you didn't know the Jurassic Park answer?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFUlAQZB9Ng

CLASSIC piece of tragic Hollywood "techie" BS. :D

I would suggest that TRULY hard would have been to ask what was the storage capacity of Keanu Reeves' head in Johnny Mnemonic (if you know this without looking it up, I salute you!)
brumgrunt 26th July 2012, 15:39 Quote
160GB?
KidMod-Southpaw 26th July 2012, 16:04 Quote
Yep, I need to go to the next one.

Can you give me a lift Shirty? :D
Shirty 26th July 2012, 16:16 Quote
Well, I live 220 miles away from you and 100 miles away from London, and you live over 200 miles from London as well so it might not work quite as smoothly as I'd hope...

It'd be an 850 mile round trip to give you a lift there and back ;)
The_Pope 26th July 2012, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by brumgrunt
160GB?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Ak4N36CMo

Probably seemed a lot in 1995.

Indeed, a 1GB hard drive was over US$600. Gotta love progress :)
digitaldunc 26th July 2012, 18:32 Quote
Glad you all enjoyed yourself.

I'd suggest you maybe hold the next one on a Friday or Saturday?

I'd like to try and make the next one, it's quite a distance to travel but I could visit friends I have in London at the same time :)
Elton 26th July 2012, 19:18 Quote
Being almost 10000 miles away. I think It was wise I didn't make it. But I would've loved it.
loftie 26th July 2012, 19:49 Quote
Team Wheatley's Space Program in the top right photo with me and Edwards in the blue tshirts, me facing away and Edwards looking puzzled ^^

The retro round was pretty hard, but I liked the it as I just ended think WTF a lot. Still don't know how we came 5th....

Do we have a larger picture of the meme board? Those were funny :D

I think everyone had a really good night.
Material 26th July 2012, 20:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Do we have a larger picture of the meme board? Those were funny :D

Should have a high-res version in the full article that we'll do next week. I think we have plans to put the best ones up on Facebook as well at some point.
KidMod-Southpaw 26th July 2012, 21:04 Quote
Can we host one in Wigan next time? :D

Oh, wait, all the pubs are utter crap.
NickCPC 26th July 2012, 22:49 Quote
Really good night and although the questions were stretching, it would be boring if you didn't have to scratch your head a bit. Some good variety in the topics too so the not-so-hardware-oriented people also could join in. Thanks to the team and special shout to Paul as well who made a great effort in speaking to everyone and making us all feel welcome, and Corsair for the swag (even if I didn't get any :P).
longweight 26th July 2012, 22:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by NickCPC
Really good night and although the questions were stretching, it would be boring if you didn't have to scratch your head a bit. Some good variety in the topics too so the not-so-hardware-oriented people also could join in. Thanks to the team and special shout to Paul as well who made a great effort in speaking to everyone and making us all feel welcome, and Corsair for the swag (even if I didn't get any :P).

Very true. Easy questions suck!
Big.Wayne 26th July 2012, 23:29 Quote
Thanks to all involved for a great event, especially Corsair for kindly donating a ton of snacky kit and also keeping me in pints of Cider all night! . . . a personal thanks from me to Paul Goodhead who couldn't have been more charming and accommodating if he tried, I'd also like to thank Gareth Ogden & Ben Hardwidge for taking the time to have a chatter with an old-school CPC reader, nice guys all . . .

Congratz to the winners, looking forward to the quiz-breakdown . . . Team R.A.G will return! xx
Parge 27th July 2012, 00:51 Quote
A-Mazing night. Favourite round by far was the 'guess the multiplayer map'...... ah... Facing Worlds. So many memories!

Good work Mankz and Longweight! What a team!
Unicorn 27th July 2012, 21:49 Quote
I really wish I could have come over for it, maybe the next one will warrant a one errand trip and I won't be so busy! I'm glad it went so well, congrats to the bit-tech folks for organising what seems to have been a hugely successful evening!

For the record, I knew the answers to all of the questions that Material listed on the previous page :D I'd have to think hard about the Retina display one, but the rest I knew!
longweight 27th July 2012, 22:02 Quote
I have no idea how we came second!
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