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Our Relio R1 industrial computer has a pretty impressive operating temperature threshold. We promote the range using degrees Celsius. If you convert to Fahrenheit, what is the range?
-40 to 159.8
Here’s a little United States history with a side of trivia for you. What United States president, born over 225 years ago, has two living grandchildren?
President John Tyler
In addition to a love for art, several folks at Sealevel enjoy a passion for music and vintage instruments. A recent discussion led us to the single difference between the Hammond B3 and C3 organs. What is that key difference?

C3 has a panel-enclosed based (so folks couldn’t look at the church ladies’ legs).
Between the South Carolina heat and all this talk of cold chain monitoring, we are thinking ice cream at Sealevel. The first ice cream truck debuted in 1920; how did drivers originally make the music that alerted parents and children alike that the truck was nearby?
Ringing bell
Which one of these gadgets has not been reinvented as an IoT device? (Yet. That we know of.)

A. Salt Shaker
B. Egg Tray
C. Baby Changing Pad  
D. Shoelace
E. Trash Can
D. Shoelace
IoT is a hot buzzword across industry today, but it’s older than you would probably guess. Who first coined the term Internet of Things and when? (Cheat Sheet: You’ll find the answer in one of our blog posts.)

Kevin Ashton, 1999
We’re pretty excited about what digital twins mean for our business –from an efficiency standpoint and how our products can help, too. We’re not the only ones. GE has introduced a “digital twin” game. How many wind turbines does the game feature?

SeaMaC V6 supports Windows 10 as well as Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 operating systems using our SHA-2 EV certificate. What are the codenames for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7?
Threshold, Blue and Blackcomb/Vienna
The computer mouse was invented in the 1960s by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute. This early mouse was used on a Xerox Alto computer. It was made of wood and much more closely resembled the rodent for which it was named than our current day versions. What was the mouse formerly known as?
X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System
Google Cardboard has made experiencing – and enjoying – virtual reality accessible and affordable. The first motion tracking head-mounted display (HMD) was developed in 1961 to allow military personnel to remotely monitor dangerous situations. What was this early HMD called?

The Headsight
At Sealevel, we love when art and technology intersect. And apparently so does the team at Google. They recently announced they’ve been teaching computers how to tell the difference between content and style in artwork. And then they can take the style from one image and transfer it to another, delivering some pretty amazing results. What is the French word for a work of art that imitates the style of a different piece of artwork?

Paul O’Neill drew inspiration from the similarities between the Trans-Siberian Railroad and music in naming his band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He felt that the railroad offered a relatively safe place in an “incredibly beautiful but incredibly harsh and unforgiving” land and that music also offers a safe haven in life. How long is the Trans-Siberian Railway?
9,258 kilometers/6,152 miles
PCI Express (PCIe) is the preferred method for PC expansion, outpacing PCI and AGP. Name three server expansions buses that predate PCI.

Our new Relio™ R1 industrial computer has an operating range of -40° to 71°, a stretch of 111°. According to the number naming system invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, what is the equivalent of 111?

In honor of our recent partnership with, we’d like to note that the first book ever sold on was ordered on April 3, 1995. What is the title of the book?
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms
of Thought
CBS broadcast the New York Philharmonic live over the radio for the first time on October 5, 1930. What composition served as the opening set?
Weber’s Overture to
Der Freischütz
Star Wars Land, currently under construction at both Disneyland and Disney Hollywood Studios parks, can’t open soon enough. In the original Star Wars movie released in 1977, which character has the opening line of dialog?
C3PO says, "Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor..."
The Grand Canyon in the western US is more than a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide, but how long is it?
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long.
How many states are printed on the back of a US five dollar bill?
Although 48 states are engraved on the friezes, only 26 states are visible on the side of the memorial printed on the back of the note.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through 14 US eastern states. What is the tallest mountain visible from the trail?
Mount Mitchell in Yancey, NC is the tallest mountain on the
east coast of the US
at 6,683’ elevation.
It has been 20 years since the first downloadable single was released by a major artist in 1996. Name the artist and song.
David Bowie, “Telling Lies”
Autonomous cars seem to be right around the corner – who was the first US president to own a car?

According to the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Mr. Roosevelt was the first US president to own a car. He was also the first president to have a telephone in his home.
We rolled back clocks at the beginning of the month. Which country was the first to adopt time zones?
On 11/2/1868, then-British colony of New Zealand officially adopted a standard time to be observed throughout the colony. It is believed to be the first country to adopt a standard time zone.
A liquid that is capable of conducting electricity is known as a what?
An electrolyte
What US city claims the distinction of having the first
4-way, three-colored traffic light?
In October, 1920, the first four-way, three-color traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Woodward and Michigan Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.
For a given wire length and diameter, what element is the best electrical conductor at room temperature (+20 C)?
Silver, with an electrical conductivity of 6.30x107 S/m, followed by Copper, Gold, and then Aluminum in that order.
The American Pledge of Allegiance, written in 1892, has long been recited in US public schools. What year was it officially recited in the US House of Representatives? Bonus – what year was it officially recited in the US Senate?
The pledge, written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, was first mandated to be recited in NY public schools in 1898 and other states soon followed. It was first recited in the House on September 13, 1988 and was mandated soon after. The Senate took longer and started daily recital on June 24, 1999.
What musical legend opened up 18 American concerts for the Rolling Stones in 1969?
The late B.B. King was the opener for 18 concerts. Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, and Ike & Tina Turner also made appearances during the tour.
What US State has the highest number of National Historic Landmarks?
The state of New York has 271 historic landmarks.
Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to walk on the moon. Who was the last person to walk on the moon? And for a bonus entry, he left his camera and something else on the moon. What was it?
#12, Eugene Cernan left his daughter’s initials written in the lunar dust on the surface of the moon.
What Sealevel Systems product connects a computer’s USB port to a tactical radio to provide critical data communications for the military?
The ACC-188 synchronous serial radio adapter.
What was the first video to appear on MTV?
The Buggles
"Video Killed the Radio Star"
What was the first number one song to have a playing time of more than 4 minutes?
The Animals 1964 classic
"House of the Rising Sun".
In 1946 the Andrews Sister and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadian Orchestra released a song in which they asked listeners if they would like to spend Christmas in this special location. What is the name of this special place?
“Christmas Island”
What dance popular in the early 1900s was done to fast ragtime music such as Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, but eventually lost favor to the Foxtrot around 1914?

The Turkey Trot
What Halloween song has sold over four million copies, received three gold records and hit number one making it onto the Billboard charts three times?
“The Monster Mash”
Who was the American jazz musician that made this line famous?
"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."
Miles Dewey Davis III widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Miles Davis together with his musical groups were at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.
What physical phenomenon is the thermocouple based on?
The Seebeck Effect describes a thermoelectric phenomenon by which temperature differences between two dissimilar metals in a circuit creates an electric current. This current can be measured to calculate temperature. (Also known as the thermoelectric effect).
Which Rolling Stones album prevented The Beatles' Abbey Road enjoying an unbroken 17-week run at number one?
"Let It Bleed" is the eighth British and tenth American album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969.
Steve Winwood was only 17 when The Spencer Davis Group hit the top with Keep On Running. What instrument did he buy with the proceeds?
A Hammond B-3 organ.
Which Beatles song contains lyrics that were suggested by a Beach Boy?
Beach Boy Mike Love made the suggestion that Paul add lyrics to "Back In The U.S.S.R." referencing girls from different parts of the U.S.S.R. This idea was lifted from the Beach Boys smash hit "California Girls".
What was The Eagles claim to fame before they were The Eagles?
Founding members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon toured for 2 months as the backing group for Linda Ronstadt before forming The Eagles.
One of the first uses of the computer outside of office computational tasks involved a fruit. What was the application?
Testing oranges for sugar content, as growers are paid based on this and needed a quick test method.
What is the most recorded song in history?
(Hint: It is by the Beatles)
Released in the U.S. in 1965, "Yesterday" has been covered more than 3000 times. Paul wrote the song, but the other 3 Beatles disliked it so much that they refused to release it in the U.K. It was eventually released there in March, 1966.
At the inaugural induction dinner in 1986, Chuck Berry was the first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why was he first?
Chuck Berry was first because the selection was done in alphabetical order. James Brown was second.
Who was the voice actor for the character of Sam the Snowman in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Burl Ives
In the Robert Redford movie Havana, released in 1990, what famous actor played the role of Dr. Arturo Duran, but wasn't credited due to an alleged titling dispute?
Raul Julia
This guitarist, originally named Johnny, was born in 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He would go on to be arguably the greatest guitarist of all time, though he only lived to be twenty-seven. If I told you what band he was in, it would be way too obvious.
Jimi Hendrix
What famous singer used the term 'imbecilic reiteration' to describe Elvis' use of the hook – the phrase by which people would remember a song that had to be repeated over and over?
Frank Sinatra
What was Mario's original name?
What mega media company merged with AOL at the turn of the century?
Time Warner
Which engineering firm designed and built the first arcade video game?
Syzygy Engineering was founded in 1971 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. That same year they designed and built Computer Space for Nutting Associates.
What is the only rock regularly eaten by humans?
Name the out-of-this-world scientific laboratory that was a joint venture between Marshall Space Flight Center and the European Space Agency.
In addition to being a rock star, this voice actor holds the honor of being the only actor to play two characters in Transformers?
Jess Harnell
Where in New York City did Thomas Edison locate his first commercial generator station?
Pearl Street
What famous movie hand gesture is derived from an Orthodox Jewish ritual called the Blessing Hands, which is used to anoint congregations on holy days?
Vulcan Salute
The Mayan calendar ends on December 21. Where were the stone tablets with doomsday theories found?
Tortuguero, Mexico
Name the ship that carried supplies alongside the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria for the first 53 days of the historic voyage.
What US Highway cannot be traveled by car?
M-185 or Mackinac Island Highway
What was the first product to include a bar code?
Wrigley's Gum
In what year did the Olympic torch first travel to all five continents?
Godzilla’s Japanese name is actually a combination of what two words?
Gorira (Gorilla) and Kujira (Whale)
After Bucky Barnes died, Captain America had a new superhero partner in the 70's. Who was it and what were his/her powers?
The Falcon - Sam Wilson - Grew up in New York Queens - Had a pet falcon and could fly with wings in his costume
Name the land mammal that is known for entering a highly dangerous hormonal mental state when it has attacked villages and killed humans.
Male Elephants
In PCB manufacturing, what is the bond between the component lead where the solder meets the substrate called?
Intermetallic layer
An early version of what popular game was created in the 17th century while this inventor was experimenting with perpetual motion?
Mardi Gras may have originated with the French, but its official colors originated from what royal’s house colors?
Russian grand duke Alexis Romanoff
What quarterback has never thrown an interception in the Super Bowl while also having the most pass attempts?
Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49er’s. Joe Montana has the highest QB rating of all time in the super bowl.
In the Christmas song, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," what other two animals are mentioned?
Crocodile and rhinoceros
What words kick-off the Macy’s Day Parade?
"Let's Have a Parade"
In “The Doctor’s Wife”, Dr. Who’s TARDIS asked to be referred to by what word?
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Name the movie that included this inspirational quote.
Walt Disney's quote was used in the movie, Meet the Robinson's.
Famous for his automobiles, Henry Ford was key in producing this outdoor cooking item. What is this item?
Charcoal briquettes
Which character(s) spoke the lines, "I feel the need...the need for speed!" in a 1986 film?
Maverick and Goose
What product inspired Tom O’Hanlan to start Sealevel Systems, Inc.?
Tom O'Hanlan designed the first RS-422/485 communication adapter for the IBM PC.
What movie starred Val Kilmer as the leader of a band of prodigies recruited to create a superlaser?
Real Genius
This popular song, made famous by a blues-rock guitarist when it reached #4 in the US in 1970, was actually written by another famous blues guitarist. Name the song and songwriter.
Black Magic Woman by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
Who speaks the first line of dialogue in the original film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope?
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top had a guitar crafted from a plank of wood taken from which famous bluesman’s childhood home?
Muddy Waters
The “golden spike” was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways creating the first transcontinental railroad. Name the year and location of this historic event.
Promontory, Utah; May 10, 1869
Name the bass player and drummer for the group whose self-titled debut album featured the Hindenburg disaster on the cover.
Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones (bass) and John Bonham (drums)
Besides the SeaI/O-530/540, what other Sealevel SeaI/O module offers open-collector outputs?
What year was the USA professional touchdown increased from five to six points?
Who was the guitarist that was replaced by Duane Allman in Derek and the Dominoes?
Dave Mason
What pop vocal group in the early 70s had a hit on the US charts, but never performed it in the US due to multiple tours in Europe and the Far East? Hint: They wonder when they will see you again.
The Three Degrees
In order to fly in space, an electronic device must perform in extended temperatures and withstand high levels of radiation. Introduced in 1976, what famous microprocessor was the first used on a space mission?
A new World Cup trophy will be used for the first time in what year?
Based on myth, what corner of a building is considered to be the safest during a tornado?
The SW corner.
During WWII, who directed the development team of the first portable FM two-way radio for the US Army Signal Corps?
Daniel Noble
Who was the first person to suggest the use of Daylight Saving Time in the 1700s?
Ben Franklin
What Rolling Stones' song was allegedly written about another rock icon's wife?
Angie is allegedly written about David Bowie's wife Angela. Notice we said, "allegedly". There are a few rumors about the songs origin but the true answer is still unclear.
Who is the un-credited singer of the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the Seuss classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Thurl Ravenscroft, aka Tony the Tiger, sang, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
How many songs in the movie, "The Commitments", are written by Dan Penn?
There are 2 songs written by Dan Penn in the movie, "The Commitments". These two songs are titled, "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Man".
Get out your Ray Bans. This 80's one hit wonder band's song was really about nuclear holocaust, not a positive future.
Timbuk3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
When the audience was yelling for more, what band member suggested "Old Love" to Eric Clapton while filming and recording the famous Unplugged" videos for MTV?
Chuck Leavell, who then absolutely tore up his piano solo.
What Sealevel Relio industrial computer boasts a fanless Intel Core 2 Duo processor?
Memphis-based Ardent Recording Studios, recording home to ZZ Top, George Thorogood, REM, and countless others was formed by three tenth graders in the 1960s. One of the three dropped out of the record
Fred Smith; FedEx
What unique method does Sealevel use to identify a RoHS compliant vs. non-RoHS compliant printed circuit board?
All new Sealevel circuit boards will have two gold-plated, etched-copper pads marked "RoHS" and "non-RoHS" in the silkscreen. The absence of these pads denotes a noncompliant product. During separate manufacturing processes, compliant boards will have a solder mark on the "RoHS" pad, while noncompliant boards will have a solder mark on the "non-RoHS" pad. Thus, the boards are clearly marked and can be visually identified.
What 8080 instruction took the longest time to execute (clock cycles) and was often used in timing delay loops to basically "waste time"? What did this instruction do and why did it take so long?
The XTHL instruction took the longest time to execute and was often used in timing delay loops. This instruction exchanged top of stack with HL registers. It had to read two memory bytes from external memory and swap them with two bytes in the internal HL register, thus requiring 18 clock cycles to complete.
The word "Ramo" was once included in the name of what aerospace company?
Thompson Ramo Wooldridge (TRW), Ramo-Wooldridge, or Bunker Ramo
In the "The Blues Brothers," the band consists of Steve Cropper and Donald Dunn from Booker T and the MG's. Two members from another popular 70's group also appeared in a scene alluding to their 1973
The scene in which the band appears in a sauna, clad only in towels, is an allusion to the cover photo on the 1973 Blood Sweat & Tears music album "No Sweat", in which the BST band appears in a sauna in identical pose. Lou Marini and Tom Malone, two of the Blues Brothers Band members, were also in BST and appear in both sauna scenes.
Who is the speaker at the beginning of, "Somewhere in Heaven" on Santana's Milagro album?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who was the first pop/rock singer invited to the White House to have lunch with The President?
Singer George Harrison, on December 13, 1974
Why did Hammond Electric Organs that were made for the US sound flat when played in England?
The 60Hz tone generators in US models, when plugged into the 50Hz AC power in England, would sound flat because of the difference in the AC frequency.
Who was the Cook County Assessor's office clerk in "The Blues Brothers?"
Steven Spielburg
What soon to be famous Guitarist backed Boz Scaggs in the studio back in 1968?
Duane Allman, with the aid of Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs secured a contract with Atlantic. Sporting a cameo from Duane Allman, 1968's soulful Boz Scaggs failed to find an audience despite winning critical favor; the track "Loan Me a Dime" later became the subject of a court battle when bluesman Fenton Robinson sued (successfully) for composer credit. After signing to Columbia, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971's Moments, a skillful blend of rock and R&B which, like its predecessor, failed to make much of an impression on the charts.
What job did Chubby Checker hold before he had a hit record?
Chicken Plucker
Eagles' founding member Bernie Leadon suggested the band's name based on a book of the Hopi Indians authored by?
Carlos Castenada
Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant was actually the band's second choice. Their first choice turned the job down for a solo career and recommended Plant instead. Who was the singer?
Terry Reid
The Rolling Stones' name was inspired by a song from what band?
Muddy Waters
In the 70's, a singer - just into their own early days of fame - climbed over the fence at Graceland in hopes of meeting Elvis. Elvis wasn't home and security politely escorted this singer off the gro
Bruce Springsteen
What product was Intel actually developing when it created the 4004 microprocessor?
Programmable calculator
The first music video played on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. What was the second video played on MTV?
You'd Better Run, Pat Benatar
Billboard's Hot 100 Chart debuted in 1958. What was the first recording to go #1?
Poor Little Fool, Ricky Nelson
Neil Young is the owner of the Martin D-28 guitar that belonged to Hank Williams. How did Neil happen upon this guitar?
The guitar came into Young's possession after Hank Williams, Jr. had traded it to another owner for some shotguns and it went through a succession of other owners until it was located by Young's longtime friend Grant Boatwright. The guitar was purchased by Young from Tut Taylor.
How did Gordon Sumner get the nickname "Sting"?
From an interview with Sting in Oct. 2006 "I used to wear this black and yellow striped sweater. I looked like a bee or a wasp," Sting said. "And the trombone player, who thought this was terribly amusing, called me sting one day and everybody laughed. And they kept calling me 'sting' and the name stuck to me like glue."
In 1994, the Rolling Stones released their Voodoo Lounge album. How did the album get its name?
The album was named after a rejected runt-of-the-litter kitten Keith picked up in a rain storm in Barbados and named Voodoo.....the Lounge was Keith's corner of the studio where the cat lived during the Barbados sessions that produced the album.
What John Lennon song was placed on the inappropriate "graylist" by a radio media company after 9/11, but became a popular song of hope as it circulated the web choreographed with 9/11 images?
What female artist sang backup with Hoyt Axton's band, then gained solo fame covering a Neil Young song?
Nicolette Larson
What artist designed the album cover for "Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin as well as the "Mr. Natural" character?
Robert Crumb
Duane Allman was ranked #2 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. How did he get the nickname "skydog"?
His nickname, "Skydog," was a portmanteau of two nicknames, "Skyman", given to him by soul singer Wilson Pickett and "Dog", given to him by friends due to his perceived resemblance as such.
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