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Do You Speak Geek: Famous People in IT Quiz

This week's quiz tests your knowledge about famous people in Information Technology. Click to find each answer or keep track and check against the key at the end.to see if you're correct. Good luck!

1. Although I invented CTRL-ALT-DELETE, I like to joke that Microsoft made it famous.
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2. I'm known for being a partner in a famous garage start-up -- but did you know I was also the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Nixon years?
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3. I greet millions of AOL users each day with the message "Welcome! You've Got Mail!"
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4. I built the first working silicon transistor. I got the idea because I was fascinated by the pure uselessness of germanium.
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5. Although I hold over twenty well-known IT patents, I'll probably be remembered for having invented the mouse.
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6. After my husband and I realized our network router could be a money-maker, we put our startup costs on credit cards and ran a little business called Cisco out of our living room.
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7. I conceived and designed the first electronic spreadsheet. Ironically, I never made a dime from it.
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8. When asked what I might do differently if I had to create Unix over again, I said I would add an "e" to the "creat" system call.
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9. I started out as a phone phreak, selling blue boxes at UC Berkeley. One of my more famous exploits involved dialing the Vatican. I managed to wake up the Pope by impersonating Henry Kissinger.
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10. When I made ARPANET the topic of my doctoral dissertation at Harvard, I got a failing grade. I was mad, but I didn't let it get me down. Instead, I went on to invent Ethernet and start a little company called 3Com.
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This was last updated in August 2008

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all the Who am I? links doesn't work properly. it takes us to discription of bit. Fix it!
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