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Quiz: Talkin' tech turkey

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1. This is a derogatory term for someone who tends to spend a great deal of leisure time in front of the computer, perhaps coming to resemble a beloved tuber of the holiday table. (Hint: It sounds like a very bad idea for a genetically modified food.)
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2. In a spreadsheet or a database, this is a data structure used to organize information. (Hint: Its Thanksgiving namesake might feature a cornucopia centerpiece.)
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3. This is a numerical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter on a flat plane surface. (Hint: Would you prefer pumpkin or pecan?)
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4. This is an object-oriented programming interface from Sun Microsystems that lets you build components that can be deployed in a network on any major operating system platform. (Hint: Grind 'em up!)
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5. On a Web site this is a navigation tool that allows a user to see where the current page is in relation to the Web site's hierarchy. (Hint: An overstuffed turkey might leave this on the floor on the way to the stove.)
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6. This Unix command execution program developed at Bell Labs is a comprehensive combined version of other major UNIX shells. (Hint: It sounds like something discarded after husking maize for the Thanksgiving dinner)
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7. This is a false, or phantom, signal that appears in a wireless receiver. (Hint: It sounds like a word you might call to try and catch your Thanksgiving turkey.)
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8. In communications, this is the addition of a small number of binary digits to a transmission unit in order to fill it up to a standard size. (Hint: It sounds like a savory turkey side-dish made with -- computer data.)
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9. In wireless communications, this is a line that connects the antenna to the receiver. (Hint: You might use this term to describe the queue for the buffet.)
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10. This is a computer system, especially in the entertainment industry, that combines disparate hardware and software-controlled lighting, sound, and visual effects into a single, synchronized system. (Hint: If you do this, you might not have to loosen your belt buckle after dinner.)
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