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THWACK Bonus Mission: SolarWinds 20th Anniversary Memory Reboot

Community Manager
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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! 



SEPTEMBER BONUS MISSION

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!



MISSION RULES

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.



MISSION SHORTCUT

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.

DATES:

August 28 - September 22, 2019

PRIZES:

  • 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!

LEARN MORE

WEEKLY PRIZESMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYWINNERS
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

166 Comments
Level 11

This is more for when they were introduced as social media platforms to the public rather than purchasing shares etc...

Level 11

What year were the platforms available for public use?  I think it's worded that way because Facebook was originally available only to educational networks.

Level 10

Thanks, I figured it out based on your help!

Level 12

18 months of testing, fixing, and retesting the batch scheduling environment at my former employer!  And then I watched those systems up until 11PM NY time on that eve, when my then-manager let me go.  I still logged in from home just in case. 

Level 11

You know, I think I remember seeing something along those lines... Didn't put two and two together until you mentioned it though!

Level 14

Q9, 05 Sep

That took a bit of digging, but I do like the no-hint questions.I fall over so much interesting, but non-related info.

MVP
MVP

Q10 took even longer

MVP
MVP

I worked that night from about 8pm till about 3am just to make sure everything was ok. It was a fun night. There were a number of staff on hand. At midnight we watched the fireworks from the roof of the building. Then when went inside to see if anything was broken. All was good

Agreed. It took some digging before I was ready to submit my answer but am definitely enjoying the challenge this month. A very enjoyable mission so far

MVP
MVP

Ouch, that was a tough one for a Friday morning.

Level 9

If the question is more difficult I tend to approach these by eliminating the obvious wrong answers 🙂

But for a Friday!? Need more coffee in future

Level 12

Going to have to come back for Q10.  I am finding out information about soccer(football) but not the right answer for said question.  Tried removing "wrong" answers but got all confused - need more coffee and fresher set of eyes

Level 11

I jumped the gun, got it wrong. Should've read these comments first.

Level 9

Who ever came up with the 06SEP19 question deserves an "at-a-boy". This is a question that lead me on an investigation, and resulted in some useful knowledge.

The best thing about the 20 Year mission? Looking back helps us understand how we got here. Something along the lines of "who ever fails learn from history is doomed to repeat it".

Anyway, this'll be the best part of my Friday!

Level 12

Ah, Twitter and Facebook, which I believe were listed in the Bible as signs of the Apocalypse.  I can imagine those legendary four horsemen riding aimlessly, gazing mindlessly at their mobile phones, so that the End Times never happen thanks to cat videos.

Level 9

Maybe some more creative off-the-beaten-path" missions?

Maybe you can mix some of this approach into the "regular" monthly missions?

I think we're all trained to crave the hint, but I'm liking the challenge!

Level 14

And it all seems like only yesterday

Level 8

I disagree with the correct answer for Sept 6th question.

MVP
MVP

I guess you got it wrong

Level 14

Q11 I guess that should read "customers" rather than "users". I've got 100s of users at just one customer.

We going to get some winners announced soon?

Level 9

Are you guys putting together an internal betting pool on how many people get #12 wrong?    yumdarling

Level 12

I am so proud I didnt even have to search to answer that ?

Community Manager
Community Manager

I finally put in a hint link and they don't even use it.

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Well, whatcha gonna do when they DON'T use your hints? 

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You can a lead us techs to knowledge, but can you make us think?

Community Manager
Community Manager

A+++++ on that GIF

Level 8

We're on track for this weeks goal!

Level 11

yumdarling

Points are not added for both September Mission and Bonus Mission. Today i have noticed that only 150 points are added in place of 300!!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for letting me know, I'll take a look.

Level 12

yumdarling  Week 3 QUESTION 14 - Technically, none of the answers are correct.

One has the right words in the wrong order (and gets marked as correct, for those of you playing at home).

Amazon EC2

Community Manager
Community Manager

Good catch! I've updated.

Level 8

The question words are in the correct order now, but the answer words (after submitting your answer) are still in the wrong order. You are getting there...

MVP
MVP

The hint doesn't work for today's question. But Google came to the request

Community Manager
Community Manager

Works for me... it's a .gif so maybe specific to user settings?

MVP
MVP

Maybe it's being blocked here at work

But I just looked in my history and re-ran the page and now it works! Weird. Either way I got to the right answer.

Thanks for the reply!

Level 9

I also receive an error:for the hint: http://g.recordit.co/rS9pFFknb9.gif

403 Forbidden

  • Code: AccessDenied
  • Message: Access Denied
Community Manager
Community Manager

It is likely blocked on your end for some reason. In any case, you can google it and easily get the answer.

Level 9

Now it works. (No Proxy, nothing changed) perhaps overload or so.

But I already searched and found it easily. Thanks a lot.

Level 10

Hint today is not working

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The question appears to have been modified:

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and I can attest to the fact that the highlighted solution does work (the GIF was blocked at my organization as well).

Level 10

Yes, I just googled it and notified the proper people about there issue with the hint.

Level 9

After today's question, I now only have this image in my head, thanks yumdarling

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Level 12

Is the answer to today's (9/16/2019) on the hint page?

Level 12

I found the answer on the hint page, melonizame

MVP
MVP

It could be worse....the phrase "some things once seen can never be unseen" is a very true statement.

Level 12

Thanks, found it

Level 12

I did not find it. The question asked how many pages Google had indexed and the hint told us how many pages Google believed existed at the time. But that number was correct.

Level 10

Is there a way to check your answer. I swore i clicked the right selection, but got the big fat red x. D'oh

Level 12

I think if you click the red X a window pops up and shows you what you selected

Level 8

Like the no link, made me laugh.