Mr. Know-IT-All's Mainframe Mini-quiz

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Mr. Know-IT-All is back with a shorter quiz, but he promises its shorter size does not mean it's easier. In fact, he intends this for mainframers who know GE made mainframes long before it owned NBC. Do you think you have what it takes? If so, take the quiz below. Good luck!


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Question 1: The triumvirate that changed business
   Question 2: Race to market
   Question 3: The daddy of relational databases
   Question 4: The birth of DB2
   Question 5: IBM and the Seven Dwarves

Question 1

It's hard to overestimate the impact of the System 360, the granddaddy of the zSeries. Author James Collins considers it as one of the three most important business innovations of all time. Ford's Model T automobile is another. What is the third?

  • A) Microsoft's Windows operating system
  • B) Xerox copy machine
  • C) Boeing 707 jet
  • D) Post-It Note
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Question 2

Most people know a IBM researcher first proposed the idea behind relational databases but what company first came out with a commercial one?

  • A) Honeywell
  • B) Sybase
  • C) IBM
  • D) Oracle
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Question 3

By the way, what is the name of the IBMer who came up with the theory underlying relational databases?

  • A) Frank Soltis
  • B) Edgar Codd
  • C) Gene Amdahl
  • D) Chris Date
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Question 4

What year was DB2 introduced?

  • A) 1981
  • B) 1982
  • C) 1983
  • D) 1986
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Question 5

During the '60s and '70s, people used to refer to the companies producing mainframes as "IBM and the Seven Dwarves." The list included Burroughs, Control Data, General Electric, Honeywell, NCR and Univac. What's the seventh?

  • A) Sperry
  • B) Unisys
  • C) RCA
  • D) Amdahl Corp.
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