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August 14, 2007

Identify

devadutta @ 11:12 am, GMT +0000 ( 1187089963 ) Play

This man, has many firsts to his name.
His initials can be found as the magic number for one of the first file formats Microsoft churned out.
Identify him

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Now for the not-so-important stuff.
We try to make the questions as “un-googleable” as possible, but Google is smart and you are smarter, so we place no restrictions on how you arrive at the answer. We are just interested in the answer :)

Cracked by:
Srikanth, prabhu_dc and Anuj. Bravo!!
( Bikiran gets it too, just a bit late )

Answer:

He is Mark Zibkowski. One of the first computer hackers. His initials(MZ) can be found as the magic number for the DOS Executable file format. He is also the first to complete 25 years of service at MS apart from Gates and Ballmer.


8 Responses to “Identify”

  1. srikanth

    Mark Zbikowski. Blatantly Googled: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zbikowski


  2. Well I guess someone would have already caught the rabit.

    Anyways,
    Mark Zbikowski

    Wikipedia Excerpt as following.
    “Old MS-DOS .exe files and the newer Microsoft Windows PE (Portable Executable) .exe files start with the ASCII string ‘MZ’ (0x4D5A), the initials of the designer of the file format, Mark Zbikowski. The definition allows ‘ZM’ as well but it is quite uncommon.”


  3. Mark Zbikowski and the file format is the DOS Executable File Format.


  4. Biki
    1

    Mark Zbikowski …phew … very CS centric question … an EE guy like me needs a lot of hard work to get such things :) … had no clue what “the magic number” was ….


  5. Biki
    1

    dude ..u guys put up the results by the time i posted my comment …but i still submitted it … did want my hard work to go wasted :)


  6. srikanth

    Bikiran: we are strong believers in the No Comment Left Behind policy, and hence will gladly approve even late comments :-).

    BTW, the next question is not CS centric at all; have a go at it :-)


  7. Old MS-DOS (.exe files) and the newer Microsoft Windows PE (Portable Executable) .exe files supposedly start with the ASCII string ‘MZ’ (0x4D5A), the initials of the designer of the file format, Mark Zbikowski. “Magic number” on Wiki should do the magic!


  8. Am i not getting a single pt for t-h-r-e-e w-h-o-l-e lines of ans?? ;)


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