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THWACK Bonus Mission: SolarWinds 20th Anniversary Memory Reboot

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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
mcam
Level 14

20 years already - wow

tmumaugh
Level 9

I was convinced today's question was a setup. I spent way to long double checking my answer. Even spent time on wiki verifying the first consumer bluetooth device.

asheppard970
Level 13

Ah, the Y2K "bug"!  Those were the days, my friends...lots of long-haired, long-bearded, suspender-wearing UNIX gurus (yes, I am using glittering generality, there) making serious bank because they were the only ones who could keep the world from exploding into oblivion.  Thank goodness it was, for the most part, a "non-event" (thanks in large part to those aforementioned folks and their expertise)!

Nike Y2K Jogger - YouTube

ferrashoo
Level 12

Time flies when you are having fun!?i Congratulations Solarwinds, here's to another 20+

tmumaugh
Level 9

No hint today for Q2 huh?  This mission feels more like a test!

mcam
Level 14

no hints at all - I like it

designerfx
Level 16

Given that things have sped up on development in the last 5 years considerably, I can't even imagine 5 years from now let alone 20 for them.

yumdarling Community Manager
Community Manager

Just for you, I added a hint (jk, it's for everyone)

jnugent
Level 8

Wow thanks for making me feel old

esajo
Level 9
teretenek
Level 8

Yup, for me too. You should be able to Google the history of the holiday if you don't know the answer

yaquaholic
Level 14

Link for Q3 Thank You, IT Pros

Well, it has the answer

geosca
Level 9

I don't see mention of anything having to do with Q2 (8/27) in the linked hint.  No mention of Windows 2000, domain controllers, or any of the answer choices anywhere on the page.  Am I missing something obvious?

dunky2k
Level 10

Just wikipedia Windows 2000 and you will find the answer.

brianj
Level 12

Throwing a broken link at us as a hint, nice! Making it a little more challenging!

Jfrazier
Level 18

Check out this Geek Speak article..

Thank You, IT Pros

123kateb
Level 10
timothy.rohr
Level 8

Helpful for today's question, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_III

simpsodi
Level 9

Can we get that coffee cup that's in the video?  You might need to google today's hint....

mcam
Level 14

my challenge now is making sure I don't use the hint

This stuff is our history so we should know it already

melonizame
Level 12

I didn't find the answer on the "hint" link.  I found it on Wiki because I couldn't remember what exactly it was........  Getting Old sucks

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Already in the works  

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Folks - the hint link works, no links are broken. Get creative with this one and use Google if needed. It's a quiz down memory lane. This is meant to be fun. Don't show up to someone's party and complain about the food...  

brianj
Level 12

But complaining is one of my biggest talents! And I don't like the cocktail shrimp!

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

Mission Shortcut is now available!

But wait—there'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

DanielleH Community Manager
Community Manager

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melonizame
Level 12

Oh yea baby - already uploaded - hope I did it correctly really want a XXL hoodie

Tintim
Level 9

Loving the video "Break my day"

Congratulations to Solarwinds, another major milestone achieved.

timothy.rohr
Level 8

Helpful for today's question. VMware ESXi - Wikipedia

robertcbrowning
Level 14

I'm not convinced that the hints for 29 & 30 Aug are particularly useful, but Google came to the rescue for me. I took a guess first though & then confirmed the answer. Isn't it amazing how much useless stuff stays in the back of your mind for just this sort of question.

tmumaugh
Level 9

I did the same thing. I think this is one of those I heard at some point along my career and thought it was so dumb that it was just great!

mcam
Level 14

hints?

....

hints?

.....

We don't need no stinkin' hints

asheppard970
Level 13

Good thing, too, because the "hint(s)" is(are) not very helpful this trip.  To quote Willie Dixon, "Great GOOGL[e]Y MOOGLY!"

superfly99
Level 17

Wow can't believe it's been 20 years! I've been using the product for about 10 years and I still enjoy using it as much as the first day I laid eyes on it.

I should've known it was close to 20 years. I remember DanielleH​ once randomly asking if someone knew when Thwack started. I said 2003 which was correct, so it's not long until Thwack even turns 20!

Well done!!

robertcbrowning
Level 14

2003. Wow

You just assume that companies and community sites have been around for ever.  I know I have.

Time did not exist before I was born & the world will end when I die. Or did I misunderstand relativity?

But seriously. it wasn't really very long ago when the only purpose of the Internet was to get technical info. No human would even think of trying to access it. What would be the point. It was full of BIOS versions and driver downloads. What possible use could the Internet be to real people?

And then there was now - and it's all different.

melonizame
Level 12

question 7 - wish I had money that i have now back then when it first went public.......

I would be able to retire already.

sspring
Level 7

Love the video! I'm half way there on my journey.

graeme.brown
Level 11

is there food?

graeme.brown
Level 11

Houston, We have a  problem.

I googled the answer and it's not there - there is however 2009 twice.  very curious (and no 2004 is not my answer).

svdwal
Level 8

I feel old, knowing so much data.....or just nerdy...... not quite decided on which is more appropiate.......but i need to win the Star Wars Droid Inventer kit....

jeremymayfield
Level 15

Very cool.     How do we know if we were one of the first 50 to get a Hoodie?

jeremymayfield
Level 15

It had a different name when it started, then was renamed to MS ignite.  That is the year you want.

melonizame
Level 12

Inquiring minds want to know

thulsey
Level 9

Monthly Mission: Using Wikipedia

graeme.brown
Level 11

ah soo I see now thanks for that

ebradford
Level 13

LOL! Good point.

bruce.smith
Level 8

If the Memory Reboot mission is a "Bonus Mission" does that mean theres a normal monthly mission hiding somewhere?

meyer837
Level 10

Facebook's IPO was 2012 and Twitter's was 2013, so... what is this question actually asking?

i_like_eggs
Level 13

good mission

jnewell
Level 10

There doesn't look like there is...

They usually start on the first Monday of the month, but as the August two part mission ended the Friday before, it might be next week...

I hope there is though