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THWACK Monthly Mission: August 2019 - Part 2

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Are you prepared to explore the deepest reaches of your data? The answers to your IT issues are out there, but they're often hidden far beneath the surface. Continue the journey into discovering unfathomable root causes and enlightening answers to confounding performance questions.

It's not every day you have a mission like this. Two parts, one month, and a lot of digging.

An ASTONISHING voyage continues now!


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 10 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 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.

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


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

August 26th, 2019:  Terraforming Mars Board Game set includes Prelude and expansion

September 2nd, 2019:  Sci-Fi Loot Crate

Grand Prize:
September 2nd, 2019: Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on August 19th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until September 1st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between August 19, 2019 and September 1st, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Echo Show

This shortcut has two parts. You can choose to do either one of the following shortcuts for one entry, or you can do both for two chances to win our shortcut prize.

Shortcut #1 - Download and install a free trial of Log Analyzer

1. From the Orion home screen, navigate to My Dashboards\Logs\Log Viewer

2. Click "Configure Rules"

3. In Processing Policies menu on the left, navigate to Windows Events\Log Manager Rules

4. Take a screenshot of the first six rules listed and submit the screenshot here


Shortcut #2 - Download and install a free trial of Server Configuration Monitor

1.  Take a screenshot of a node being monitored on the Server Configuration Monitor summary screen

2.  Submit screenshot here


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by August 25th 2019 to be entered to win:

Terraforming Mars Board Game set includes Prelude and expansion

Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by September 2nd 2019 to be entered to win: Sci-Fi Loot Crate

Correctly answer all 10 questions by September 2nd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset

Mini Mission Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia


Answered correctly but no point credited in to my account.


Level 9

So what are the prizes for this mission, the information doesn't match:



Level 9

I got my points so not everyone is effected..

you're lucky.

Level 11

FAcebook?  seriously?  can't I get away from that (thing)

Community Manager
Community Manager

All fixed, thanks for finding that.

Level 10

Date says complete 1-5 by August 16th questions dated from August 19th


Level 12

looks like someone was CTRL C CTRL V excited to get the new mission going.........  yumdarling

Level 12

man those are REALLY nice prizes, you guys out did yourselves

Thanks for that.

Level 12

I didn't receive my points quickly but they did pop up after about 5(?) minutes?

Level 8

This is a great prize.  Terraforming Mars is my favorite board game and Prelude is a must-have.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Precisely so. I like the theme for this one and am really excited about the prizes..

Just generally happy to bring you guys ANOTHER MISSION

Level 12

Am I the only one being prompted to login to surveygizmo to upload screenshots?

Level 9

Me too, and there's no directions for uploading even if you log in to Survey Gizmo.

Level 9

I like the idea of one month two parts, I've missed out completing competitions in the past due to commitments so this really helps

Community Manager
Community Manager

Can one of you DM me a screenshot of what you're seeing, please?

Level 12

you've got mail  🙂

Level 13

I like the two part missions as well  Great prizes this month.

Level 12

Man I cannot read that without the fluctuation in my voice....  dang it AOL

Level 12

Thank you for catching my old man humor!

Level 11

Just noticed the banner on the Thwack main page...


Enjoy your sysytems voyage!

And now you're hearing the familiar screeching of the 2400 BAUD modem connecting, aren't you, melonizame​?

Anyone remember Netscape?  Or Trumpet WINSock?  I was going through some of my old software from back in the '80s and '90s and it was a trip, I gotta tell you.  Although I'm sure that rschroeder​​ and others remember when we used to send up smoke signals to connect...and I don't mean letting out the magic blue stuff, either!!  My, how times have changed!  I think we used to call that "Sneaker-net"!

Ha!  I'm only old enough to have grown up with a rotary phone system and a 5-digit telephone number for local calls.  Getting a 25' curly phone cord extension was AWESOME technology, and contributed mightily to pacing and twirling and twisting that long cord into knots that only the telephone repair man seemed to understand how to correct.

Those who deal with modern VoIP handset cords with curls in them haven't a clue how bad it gets when you've got 25' of cord curled up.


Going to touch-tone phone sets?  Stunning!  And most folks in my part of the country avoided them like the plague because the phone company charged an extra monthly service fee to support tone dialing.  Which turns out to have been a fee scam.  Sigh.

Level 12

OMG that still irks me when I get to a cord like that - I mean how the heck are you able to move it for one, then the sound quality second.........

I mean come on it takes two seconds to uncurl it.....

Level 12

Oh, Rick, you shouldn't have...EARWORM ALERT!!!

Uh, definitely NSFW but I'm sure a few of you remember this little "Doctor Dimento" gem...

Meri Wilson - Telephone Man - YouTube

Correct, although unless I miss my guess, that first one is a 28.8 (it's got the extra connect strings happening at the end...yeah, OK, total nerd, here)...;-)

I still have a device called an AST GridPad, which was akin to Apple's Newton (tripping down memory lane, here).  It had a touch screen and an early version of Geos (not to be confused with GeoWorks Desktop, but made by the same company, I believe) as it's operating system.  Anyway, it had a pluggable modem dongle, very similar to the pigtails of today, which was, if memory serves me, 9600 BAUD, and came with a rudimentary AOL app.  You want to talk about The Slowskis!

And what's sad is that the security folks know that you remember the phone number you had when you were five.  I do: 30?-985-124?...doh, almost let you hackers in on my secret!

Couple of five digit numbers I remember from way back in the day:

BR549 - "Hee Haw"

26580 - "Kim Wilde" (NB: Not a US exchange but stuck with me nonetheless.)

Not a fiver but a famous seven, though:


I also loved how they would use the "Klondike" prefix in old TV and radio shows for "555" ("Klondike Five, One, Two, One, Two")

Level 9

@yumdarling The link for the hint: question 3 is missing.

Community Manager
Community Manager

That would be helpful...

I fixed it

Community Manager
Community Manager

Good eyes!

All fixed

Level 9

Perfect. thanks a lot!

Level 12

Love that rotary phone

Level 10


Level 15

Hey, yumdarling​, do we need to do both parts of the shortcut to get 1000 points?   or is it like the prize where either one will score some points?

Great memories!  But wait--no 867-5309?

Oh, LIKE, LIKE, LIKE, LIKE, LIKE!!! How could I forget Tommy's "Jenny"??  Thanks, Rick!  Appreciate the memory jogger.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Fixed thanks

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey Jeremy!

If you complete either part of the shortcut, you will get your 1000 points. Completing both parts does NOT give you 2000 points though. It's 1000 total.

Ooops yumdarling​ question four is broken:



New Question Text

  1. What changed exactly?
  2. Who made the change?
  3. What impact did those changes have on performance?
  4. All of the above
Level 12

The answers appear  to be very appropriate for the occasion

Community Manager
Community Manager

arnold WHAT.gif

My face tonight...


Level 9

Sorry, not for me. I reloaded the page four times.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Can you try again for me, please?

Level 9

Now it works fine. Thanks a lot.

How about 1962's hit for The Marvellettes "Beechwood 4-5789"?    "You can call me up and get a date, any old time!"

The Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789 - YouTube

Or the much-smoother Carpenters remake of the same song?  The Carpenters - Karen Carpenter Video Beechwood 45789 - YouTube

When I recalled that one I realized Wikipedia probably has an entire page devoted to "phone call songs", and I wasn't disappointed.

Category:Songs about telephone calls - Wikipedia

Level 9

Dang! Missed Part 1 of the monthly mission. I got to tighten up!

Level 9

The good news is there are two grand prizes this month and you are still in the running for that Oculus Go.

Level 12

Ah yes, when phones came in any colour you wanted, as long as it was black, and the handset was solid enough to use for a hammer.

Level 12

So where's Raquel Welch?