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Halloween II: Do you speak -- eek! -- Geek?

Are you such a Know-IT-All that it's scary? How many of these terrifying terms can you guess without peeking?

1. Does Nightmare Freddie of Elm Street fame use one of these for manicures? It's a type of space-saving server for a single, dedicated application.
What is it?

2. No upstanding skeleton would be without one! In networking, it's a large transmission line that carries data gathered from smaller lines that interconnect with it.
What is it?

3. Don't feed it after midnight and NEVER give it water! This troll-like creature often gets blamed for trouble with devices and systems of all kinds.
What is it?

4. Sounds almost like a witch's familiar -- it's a colorful term that differentiates the bad hackers from the good ones.
What is it?

5. This mysterious disguise hides the identity of many an entity -- in graphic design, it's a tool for protecting an area from modification.
What is it?

6. Sounds like a Halloween window treatment -- in IT it's a way for a program running in one kind of operating system to communicate with a progam in the same or another kind of an operating system through HTTP and XML.
What is it?

7. Calls from beyond the grave? This spooky phenomenon happens when your computer attempts to make a connection automatically.
What is it?

8. Graveyard epitaph? This is the short version of a widely-used protocol for managing router information within a self-contained network.
What is it?

9. Man or machine or some eerie hybrid? This term describes a futuristic combination of human being and electromechanical devices.
What is it?

10. This creepy-crawly creature traverses the Web on behalf of a search engine, gathering pages for indexing.
What is it?

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

Still not scared? Take a deep breath and re-enter the Vault of Tech Terror to try one of the other Halloween quizzes found within.

This was last updated in October 2008

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