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Quiz: Short & Sweet!

Quiz: Short & Sweet!

  According to some calculations, an Internet year goes by so quickly that it's only three months long. Yes, online life is hopping -- there's no time even to say or type full terms, so the tendency is to shorten 'em up. How much do you know about these snappy computer-related terms? Take our quiz to find out!

1. First sign of the zodiac? Yes, but it's also the place in your computer where the operating system, programs, and data in current use are kept. What is it?

2. HA! 99.999% uptime is a surprising figure for a network. What does "HA" stand for?

3. This three-letter abbreviation stands for a particular point in time when a world-wide computer glitch was anticipated (but mostly didn't happen). What is it?

4. BSOD is an abbreviation of a colorful name bestowed on the Windows general protection fault error. What does "BSOD" stand for?

5. You may breathe a sigh of relief if you know this abbreviation! It's the amount of battery charge that will allow an ampere of current to flow for an hour. What is it?

6. A blog is an online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Is "blog" short for anything or just a funny word?

7. ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries. According to the organization, "ISO" isn't an abbreviation, but derives from a Greek word, "isos". What does the word mean?

8. IPL is a process better known by another name -- that is better known as a type of footwear. Do you know what it is?

9. OOPs! Sounds like a fumble, but in computing it's a type of programming. What does "OOP" stand for?

10. Whiteface is not required for this MIME -- it's an extension of the original Internet e-mail protocol for sending multimedia data. What does "MIME" stand for?


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

This was last updated in July 2008

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