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Quiz: IT lives!

Ah yes, IT lives. This week we're looking into those innovative souls who helped breathe life into the geekosphere.

1. This hugely successful organization began life in 1996 as an application called 'Backrub.' (Hint: It was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then two graduate students at Stanford University.) What is it?
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2. What kitchen appliance can trace its roots to a candy bar melting in Dr. Percy Spencer's pocket?
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3. This one goes waaaaay back... To about 1478, in fact, when the first mechanical car design was created. Who was the designer?
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4. Sometimes referred to as "The Wizard of Woz," he co-founded a very successful company in 1978. Who is he and what company is that?
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5. Although Marconi is usually credited as the inventor of radio, someone else held a prior patent. Who is it?
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6. Richard Skrenta is famous (or perhaps infamous) for creating Elk Cloner, the first program of its kind. What kind of program was it?
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7. What famous mathematician and philosopher are Cartesian coordinates named for?
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8. In 1972, ARPANET contractor Ray Tomlinson borrowed a symbol from the business world that you probably use many times a day. What is it?
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9. In the 1820s, he designed the Difference Engine, which was powered by steam and as big as a locomotive. Who is he?
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10. Who created the World Wide Web? (Hint: It wasn't Al Gore.)
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How many could you guess correctly? Let us know!

This was last updated in August 2008

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