KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

GEEK JEOPARDY TRYOUTS

Presented by Jon Smitley

Almost everyone knows how the TV quiz show Jeopardy is
played. Hasn’t it been a very successful edutainment

format TV game show?

Back in October of 2001, on Halloween, KLUG members gathered
in Dunbar Hall on the WMU campus for what was being billed
then as Open Source Jeopardy. Adam Williams used a classroom

chalkboard to list the answers and KLUG's Brian Ritz was the
scorekeeper. Adam had the questions written on cards which
were sorted by points and categories. Adam transferred that
info to an entire wall of chalkboards. That was a bunch of
writing and the manual score keeping was rather difficult.
In following years, the name was changed to Geek Jeopardy and
Adam put all the information into a spreadsheet application.
That sure beat all that writing.

In anticipation of celebrating the 5th year of the annual
festivities, KLUG Linkmaster (KLUGware too) Jon Smitley put
Open Source tools together with the game process to create an
application with a graphical user interface for the display
of the categories, points, and answers. It even handles the
game scoring. Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White was apparently
unwilling to perform the scoring duties for us. It does include
an MC display that provides the correct questions. Even Alex
Trebek could handle this application. He also had the buzzer
system working just like it was expected to. There are Jeopardy,
Double Jeopardy, and even Final Jeopardy sessions included.

Jon calls the application "AMPardy." The Merv Griffin attorneys
vigorously protect their intellectual property so care was

taken to not be taunt copyright actions. AMP stands for the
Apache web server, the MySQL database, and the widely-used
general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited
for web development and can be embedded into HTML… PHP! Were
any problems encountered? Only minor ones and that is why all
software is beta tested.

Jon, with some help, did an excellent job of putting together
this AMP application. You can be sure it will be ready for
Halloween 2005 and the annual KLUG Geek Jeopardy party. There
was some uncertainty about whether or not this application could
be released as Open Source code without running into legal
problems. We’ll find out more about that in the future.

The test topics included Geek Cinema, CPU Architectures, YRO,
Redmond, LDAP, Samba, X11, Slang, XML, CLI, "Things that
spin", and "RFC Potpurri" that were snagged from a previous
year’s spreadsheet archive file. The software testing session

was enjoyed by a raucous crowd of previous year Geek Jeopardy
enthusiasts. No one had more fun than the originator, Adam.
He got his first chance to show how much he knows and how
good his memory was from back in October of 2002. Adam did
blow the rest of the teams out of the water but you could tell

that he was not the only player with quick fingers and a good
knowledge of the Open Source technology and community.

(14 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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