THWACK Bonus Mission: SolarWinds 20th Anniversary Memory Reboot


Wow—we can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we started out in this amazing business, bringing our IT passion and expertise to technology professionals like you. But as they say, time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been a fast-paced, extraordinary journey for all of us here at SolarWinds, and we’re excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary with an interactive timeline and a Bonus Mission for all you THWACKsters.

We’ve all seen a lot come and go the past 20 years—and this month we want to test you with tech trivia to see how many milestones you can remember correctly. Ready to take a trip down memory lane? Fire up the ol’ time machine and prepare to celebrate the past 20 years of IT with SolarWinds.

Let’s get started! 


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 26, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


But waitthere's more! Record a short video of how your journey has been with SolarWinds. As SolarWinds reaches another milestone this year – marking 20 years in business – we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute. We want your help in marking this milestone.


August 28 - September 22, 2019


  • All participants will receive 3,000 points for their submission.
  • The first 50 submissions will receive an exclusive SolarWinds 20 hoodie.
  • A panel of judges will pick a single submission and that contributor will receive a cold-aisle data center survival pack including the SolarWinds 20 hoodie, a thermal insulated mug, and a custom blanket.

Our Video Team will expertly craft the submissions into videos to be used as part of our celebration. We're anxious to see everyone’s submissions, so get going!


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by September 1, 2019 to be entered to win: Frigidaire Retro Mini Compact Beverage Refrigerator
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by September 8, 2019 to be entered to win: Whiskey Decanter Globe Set with 2 Etched Globe Whisky Glasses
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by September 15, 2019 to be entered to win: littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by September 22, 2019 to be entered to win: Orion Labs Onyx Smart Walkie Talkies w/ Unlimited Range

Correctly answer all 20 questions by September 22, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Google WiFi 3-pack

THWACK Bonus Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

  • Congrats!!  I can't believe I won something as well.....SolarWinds you're my favorite!

  • Wow I won a prize!!!! After many years of trying in these monthly comps, I won a prize. Sweeeeeet!

    The prize is something I've actually been looking for. Something to improve the wifi in my house and something to control the kid's wifi. Both boxes ticked with 1 prize.

    Solarwinds, you guys rock!!

  • This has been a nice look back at some technology milestones over the many years. This was pretty cool since I have worked in technology since you had to explain what "telecommunications" was back in the late 1970's when I served as a Radioman, Communications Systems Manager and Teletype Repairman in the US Navy from 1977 through 1983. That was before error correction (ASCII) and YOU were the error correction, cutting paper tapes on a UGC-6 model teletypes using baudot code (one start bit, 5 intelligence bits and one stop bit), tape readers, perforators and reperforators, mechanical monsters which I also repaired. Running a Radio Shack on US Navy Fast Frigate (Destroyer Escort) patching together communications circuits with 60ma patch cords with various transmitters, receivers, converters, crypto equipment and patch panels from the oldest HF, VHF and UHF technology and to the latest satellite transmitters and receivers that at times had to be manually tuned for proper azimuth and elevation while transiting across the Pacific on a Westpac cruise. It is hard to imagine how we primarily relied on 100 wpm teletype circuits (74.2 baud rate) for our communication throughout the US fleet.

    Now that is a Memory Reboot!! emoticons_wink.png  People don't really appreciate how easy they have it nowadays!! emoticons_cool.png