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Quiz: Name my claim to fame!

Gates, Jobs, Torvalds: We all know the big guys, but they get enough press! What about Dennard, Engelbart, and Shugart? 

How much do you know about these tech pioneers and their innovative inventions?

1. Daniel Bricklin and Bob Frankston created a 'killer app' that completely changed how accountants kept records. What did they invent?
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2. Tim Berners-Lee considered the name "The Information Mine" (TIM) for his invention but changed his mind. What name did he finally pick?
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3. In 1996, Larry Page collaborated on a research project at Stanford University called "BackRub." The project has become wildly successful under another name. What is it?
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4. Dr. Robert Dennard patented this invention in 1968 -- it's the place in a computer where the operating system, software applications and data in current use are kept for fast access. What did he invent?
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5. Although Douglas Engelbart  has over 45 patents, he's most remembered for the 'handy' input device he invented in 1963. What is it?
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6. William Powell Lear (founder of Learjet) invented and patented this audio storage medium and its corresponding player to keep business travelers entertained on long flights. What did he invent?
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7. Arpanet wiz-kid Bob Metcalfe was the co-inventor of ________, the most widely-installed local area network ( LAN) technology. What did he invent?
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8. This text messaging pioneer devised a way to transmit messages by keying in a series of electronic pulses. (Hint: It wasn't in recent years, to say the least.) What is it?
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9. If you're a Windows user, you've probably used David Bradley's famous keyboard shortcut, sometimes called the "three finger salute." What is it?
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10. In 1821, Charles Babbage created a plan for this device, the earliest known design for a computer. What is it?
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This was last updated in March 2009

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