Browse Definitions:
Quiz

Quiz: Believe it or Not: Do you speak Geek?

The world of technology is full of wild and wacky facts. We've assembled a collection of them here, with some outlandish fibs thrown in for good measure. Take our April Fool's quiz to see if we can fool you!

1. The first computer ever designed, called the Difference Engine, was powered by a wind-up crank on the side. True or false?
Answer

2. It would take approximately 86 trillion years to download a 1-yottabyte file. True or false?
Answer

3. The Melissa virus was named after Melissa Gilbert, star of "Little House on the Prairie." True or false?
Answer

4. In this era of politically correct language, McAfee (the antivus company) has decided use the term "PUPs" (potentially unwanted programs) rather than "spyware." True or false?
Answer

5. You may remember Bill Gates encountering the blue screen of death when he demonstrated Windows 98 at Comdex. At a recent show, he topped that by crashing both the Media Center PC and the X-box. True or false?
Answer

6. The term virus comes from a Latin word meaning slimy liquid or poison. True or false?
Answer

7. A kludge is a defective copy of a software application. True or false?
Answer

8. The complete works of Shakespeare requires less storage space than a single minute of high fidelity audio. True or false?
Answer

9. If you toss a coin five times and each time the result is heads-up, the odds are that the next toss will result in tails. True or false?
Answer

10. A megaflop is the lowest consumer rating for a computer. True or false?
Answer

 

How many could you guess correctly without peeking? Let us know!

This was last updated in August 2008

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a Congressionally-established nonprofit that assesses audits of public ...

  • cyborg anthropologist

    A cyborg anthropologist is an individual who studies the interaction between humans and technology, observing how technology can ...

  • RegTech

    RegTech, or regulatory technology, is a term used to describe technology that is used to help streamline the process of ...

SearchSecurity

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, is a symmetric block cipher used by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • identity theft

    Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personally identifiable ...

  • spear phishing

    Spear phishing is an email-spoofing attack that targets a specific organization or individual, seeking unauthorized access to ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

  • disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

    One approach to a strong disaster recovery plan is DRaaS, where companies offload data replication and restoration ...

SearchStorage

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an ...

  • GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store ...

  • virtual memory

    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an OS that allows a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • Tier 0

    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of data storage that is faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage ...

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

  • SSD caching

    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive so ...

SearchCloudStorage

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

Close