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THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2019

Navigating the CLOUD CONTINUUM

You are here, in a vast and ever-changing IT universe. Good thing you have your trusty data map, because finding an integrated monitoring solution and navigating the evolving need for observability could get tricky. Will a nebulous, hybrid situation take you ever further into the cloud? Or, are you already out there pushing the limits of cloud-native technologies? Either way, the future is coming for you.

Explore which technologies you’ll move forward with, and discover where you need to land in the cloud continuum to come out the other side in an advanced state. This voyage is about navigating through complexity at warp speed, while minimizing MTTR. So, grab your dynamic field explorer and let’s start this mission.



JANUARY MONTHLY 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!

PRIZES

Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 14th 2019: Vacation Guide to the Solar System

January 21st 2019: Hubot Figurine

January 28th 2019: Planet Defenders Board Game

February 4th 2019: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Grand Prize:
February 4th 2019: Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 7th, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUTS

Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a GlobeTrotter Etched Globe Spirits Decanter, Galilea Moon Phase Calendar & Clock, LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V Building Kit, and/or a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope

There are four shortcuts within this shortcut...So a little bit of shortcut-ception. Each one you participate in gives you a chance to win one of four different prizes. Here are the instructions for each product screenshot needed:

Pingdom:
Step 1 - Log in, click on Experience monitoring, then Page Speed
Step 2 - Click on Add Check at the top, fill in the box and take the screenshot before you save it
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START FREE TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

AppOptics:

Step 1 - Install an agent.

Step 2 - Depending on which agent you installed-

  • Infrastructure: Click on the Infrastructure icon, then click on integrations at the top and take the screenshot.
  • APM: Click the APM icon in the left nav and then double click on a service, take the screenshot.

Step 3 - Submit screenshot

SIGN UP TODAY  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Loggly:

Step 1 - When you log in and you’ve added at least one log, go to the magnifying glass at the top and click on it
Step 2 - Type is a search, hit enter and take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START YOUR TRIAL  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Papertrail

Step 1 - After you have added at least one log, click on the “Events” tab, go to the bottom and type in a search
Step 2 - Hit the save button and while the pop-up for the save is showing, take the screenshot
Step 3 - Submit screenshot

START LOGGING  SUBMIT SCREENSHOT

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 13th 2019 to be entered to win: Vacation Guide to the Solar System
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by January 20th 2019 to be entered to win: Hubot Figurine
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Planet Defenders Board Game
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: James Webb Space Telescope Courier Bag

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K w/ High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver



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

Mission Shortcut #1 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #2 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #3 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut #4 Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

278 Comments
jasonpurvis
Level 9

First! Can't wait for this month's Mission!

ecklerwr1
Level 19

New Year mission 2019!  Different prizes this month.

jm_sysadmin
Level 13

Funny this mission starts today. Today is also when my team Adds "cloud" to its official set of tasks.

It's no longer a one off niche need, its about to be offered to internal IS as a service with all the standardization to ensure security and compliance baked in, and everything else internally hosted resources provide.

rschroeder
Level 21

One of this month's prizes interests me:

The handheld Garmin GPS is a $228.00 prize.  I've used a Garmin very much like it for around ten years, and while the screen is tiny, it's reliable.  I've been happy with it when driving on frozen lakes, to find underwater structure to drill over and ice fish.

It's also been fun to use when GeoCaching.

oiram
Level 12

I'm in...

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

I had a small feeling in the back of my mind you might like this one specifically. I've been doing my best to try to keep the prizes a bit more themed and interesting to the mission. Although I know everyone looooves Echo Dots forever.

the_ben_keen
Level 11

Man, I think if I don't win the week 2 prize, I might have to just go out and buy it! 

ecklerwr1
Level 19

Or Google home mini!  I love mine and got it free with my Pixel XL 2.  I read yesterday that the Pixel XL 4 is one of the most hotly waited for this year.  Apparently a lot of others like me skipped the 3 last year.  I expect if the Pixel 4 is a decent design there's going to be a lot of people buying one.

ecklerwr1
Level 19

The James Webb telescope bag is neat.

jeremymayfield
Level 15

Very awesome prizes this month.  Interesting topic as well.   This should be fun.

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

I'm still in love with my 3, but LOVE when we get closer to new phone launches. All the leaks and speculation articles. I eat it up, haha.

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

Right? I really love the look of it.

halaszj
Level 9

These hints suck, not sure how many levels you have to dig to find the answer

ecklerwr1
Level 19
ecklerwr1
Level 19

The Google Pixel 4 smartphone may have just been leaked super early as new codenames have appeared online: Bonito and Sargo.

Google Pixel 4 may have just been teased with augmented reality skills | T3

If This Is the Pixel 4, the Next iPhone Won't Stand a Chance

ecklerwr1
Level 19

Also android Q is going to support this:

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Ugh........red x this morning.  I could've sworn I had it correct.

melonizame
Level 12

I haven't click yet, because I do not see a definitive answer for question 2.  Going to wait to see what everyone else says.  I could just be missing it also, but nothing is standing out as the perfect answer.

oiram
Level 12

Easy one...

bobmarley
Level 15

The Garmin GPS is an awesome prize

asheppard970
Level 13

"One of these things is not like the others."

The answer(s) is(are) in the hint.  Might take a couple of clicks, but you will find it(them).

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Yes, but all 4 options were found in the hint. That is what got me. 

asheppard970
Level 13

Really?  I only saw three.  Curious where you found the fourth on the hint page.  Even when I clicked on the four buttons at the left and did a CTRL+F, I couldn't find it... Might PM marcoswithanoh​ and let him know how you found it as he would probably like to know and, possibly, correct it.

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

Not sure how much I like the idea of this is. Seems like going backwards in terms of thickness. That being said, AR features for an upcoming phone sounds SUPER interesting.

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

Yeah I'm curious now too. I just double checked and it was all pretty straight forward.

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Maybe I've finally lost my mind then?

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

I'm right there with you then. I just scanned over the page and all the various tabs and couldn't find SCM on there.

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

Glad you think so!

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Confirmed I've lost my mind finally!  Thanks for checking and sorry LOL

pony10
Level 12

I found it very straight forward.  I didn't even have to click anything beyond the hint page and I didn't do a Ctrl+F.  

ecklerwr1
Level 19

That's just an engineering sample though... we'll see what happens.

ecklerwr1
Level 19

That should help people hehe!

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

That's true. I've seen a foldable already at a Sprint store.

asheppard970
Level 13

I think we've all been there, smttysmth02gt​...it's all good.

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asheppard970
Level 13

I rather like the idea of having a "mini tablet" sized device available to me for quick presentations and whatnot.  Then to be able to fold it over and slip it in me pocket is totes magotes!  (OK, admittedly I am NOT a Millennial so forgive my use of the generational jargon there...but it does seem totally rad, gnarly, phat, bad, and choice!!! Ah, that's better... ;-)

pony10
Level 12

Far Out Man and Cool     (Had to through in being a child of the 60's and 70's)

I wonder if it has the ability to connect to an external source like an overhead projector or large monitor for doing presentations?

bobmarley
Level 15

Before GPS was around we used to fish on Lake Michigan. Once you found the school you would throw a plastic bottle with a long line and a weight on it so you could find the school again. Any time a bottle was floating a crowd of boats would show up and surround your area. Once we got a GPS we would still go out and throw a bottle in as a decoy far away from where we were going to fish.

asheppard970
Level 13

Ooh, ooh, Meester Kawter, Meester Kawter!!!  Sign me up fer dat!  Fosho!  Hang ten, groovy, boss, bitc*in!!

Now, if I put two and two together and added twelve and carried five (for thems of you what knows who C. W. McCall is, you'll recognize the cap doff to "Wolf Creek Pass" there...), I come up with the fact that there are a-dapter kits available to take the USB 3.1 Micro-b (or whatever they're putting on the X) to HDMI, which should then go to any newer model projector.  Voila!  We've got ourselves a presentation device!

I like your line of thinking, pony10​!

melonizame
Level 12

The enhanced functionality within SolarWinds’ products Pingdom®, AppOptics, Papertrail, and Loggly® can be used individually to provide visibility into cloud-based infrastructure and application performance or used together as a DevOps toolkit to maintain 360-degree visibility into cloud monitoring.

mcam
Level 14

Reminds me of the Hobby-Eberly telescope at Macdonald Observatory

marcoswithanoh
Level 12

While true, they did an amazing job matching the aesthetic of the actual telescope.

janobi
Level 11

Should today's question have been a multiple choice and not a radial dial one?  Selected the answer and was informed it was incorrect...

mbecken86
Level 9

Ran into issues with hint of question 3 for this month the link sends to a pdf that as soon as I start scrolling it goes blank. Just a little input from my end.

asheppard970
Level 13

Be very careful with today's question, THWACKsters!  It SPECIFICALLY refers to a certain "feature" of Loggly and what that "feature" does.  Other answers might be in the hint...just sayin'.

stevenastem
Level 12

Renders fine for me on:

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jm_sysadmin
Level 13

There is one correct answer for what Dynamic Field Explorer does.

sonofagum
Level 7

Cool!

melonizame
Level 12

Uh was Question 2 always a check box and not a radio button?

stevenastem
Level 12

From my recollection, yes.  I can't, of course, confirm whether I answered before or after you, however.

janobi
Level 11

Yeah this is what got me :/  Teach me to read properly next time :l