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Quiz: Halloween IV: Can you shriek Geek?

How many of these terrifying terms can you guess without shrieking?

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1. Ugh! This Scourge of the Internet gets its name from a Latin word meaning "slimy liquid or poison." What is it?
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2. The tagline for the remake of this 1958 cult classic was "Scream now, while there's still room to breathe." Its slightly less scary computing namesake is a large file that must be handled in a special way because of its size.
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3. Wipe off the cobwebs! According to legend, this can attract good and deflect evil -- just don't break it! In IT, it's a duplicate of something, such as a Web site, that's created to make resources available from more than one place. What is it?
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4. When not busy skulking, evildoers often do this. In IT, however, it's the common practice of reading an online discussion without participating. What is it?
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5. This type of computer error sounds like it might involve a visit from The Grim Reaper. You may not lose your life but you'll probably lose any unsaved work. {shudder} What is it?
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6. A few swipes of sharp instruments will transform this innocuous entity into a leering lurker on porches. In IT, it's an open source application for exchanging data through the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). What is it?
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7. The Blue Screen of Death has made Windows users gasp in terror for many years now. What even more horrifying display has appeared to some beta testers of Vista?
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8. The King of Horror terrified millions with this 1980 novel about a young girl with pyrokinetic powers. However, there's no reason to fear the open source firewall program of the same name. What is it?
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9. Witches stir these up in cauldrons, throwing in eyes of newts and warts of toads as desired. In networking, it's an acronym for Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices. What is it?
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10. FUD is an acronym for a strategy aimed at spooking customers away from the competition and towards your products. What does FUD stand for?
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How many could you guess correctly? Let us know!

Still not scared? Take a deep breath, and go deeper into The Vault of Tech Terror for more harrowing quizzes.

This was last updated in August 2008

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