Apple@30: The Great History (Trivia) Challenge

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2006-03-30 Print this article Print

Opinion: Three decades is a long time, and Apple is a company rich with history. This short quiz will challenge the Mac expert and yet entertain the Apple novice. See how well you do.

While Apple Computer has been written off countless times over the year, it lives today to celebrate its 30th birthday on April 1. The company has its origins in the home brew computer pioneers congregating around the Silicon Valley in the mid-1970s. Today, that ancient history is difficult to imagine as computer technology finds its way into every niche of our consumer society. Instead of a long thought piece, chronicling the rise and fall and rise again of Apple and its co-founder Steve Jobs, I offer this quiz that will test your memories of Apple, the Macintosh and in places the industry. Its a tough one: Are you up for the challenge?
There are four parts to the quiz: Apple Beginnings, Young Macintosh Days, Apple hardware trivia, and Think Different.
Some of these questions go back to the beginnings of Apple and others look at more recent iPod-era events; some are easy and others are on the tough side. And beware of a couple of trick questions. Apple Beginnings Question 1. What was the list price of the Apple I computer? Question 2. What was the operating system of the Apple III computer? A. Apple DOS 3 B. ProDOS III C. The Apple Sophisticated Operating System Question 3. When did Apple discontinue the Apple II line? A. October 1988 B. April 1990 C. November 1993 Bonus Question: The "two Steves" founded Apple Computer. What are their full names? Next Page: Young Macintosh days.

David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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