In the bygone days videos and films were rented from shops on reflective pieces of plastic and magnetic rolls of ribbon. This is a software development task and an implementation task. (Taken from OCR 2507 Task 1 Jun 2006)
A group of Sixth Form students have decided to run a press cutting service for the students in their school. A database is required to hold details of the cuttings available and the students who borrow them. (Taken from OCR 2507 Task 1 Jun 2007)
The Magic 8 Ball is a toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice, manufactured by Mattel and developed in the 1950s. Often used in fiction and for humour related to it giving very accurate, very inaccurate, or otherwise statistically improbable.
A cellular automaton is a collection of “colored” cells on a grid of specified shape that evolves through a number of discrete time steps according to a set of rules based on the states of neighboring cells.