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A pinch of this and a smidgen of that -- we could have called this quiz a mishmash but would it have smelled as sweet? Here's another tantalizing quiz for you, assembled from a motley melange of IT topics. Do you speak potpourri?

1. According to recent reports, Microsoft and Intel are conspiring on a device that will crush a popular handheld device with a fruity name. What is it?
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2. This automatic ID system using small radio frequency identification devices is used identify and track people, pets, commercial products, and corporate assets, among other things. What is it?
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3. You might expect this to help with computer bugs but, in fact, it's a storage technology that enables storing the same data in multiple locations inexpensively. What is it?
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4. This acronym for ordinary phone communication technologies sounds like kitchenware. What is it?
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5. This type of energy, expressed in science as U , is possessed by an object that is not active but capable of becoming active. What is it?
a. kinetic energy
b. mass energy
c. potential energy
d. elastic energy
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6. This multipurpose term describes an extremely sophisticated computing network, a table of numbers and much more. ( Hint: Keanu's not associated with the math version. ) What is it?
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7. Is this what you get if your usual waiter calls in sick? In IT, it's a type of server that acts as an intermediary between a workstation user and the Internet.
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8. An intranet is an organization's private network. What do you call part of that network that's securely shared with customers, suppliers, partners or other external parties?
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9. This term refers to any commonly used word (such as "the") that a search engine has been programmed to ignore. What is it?
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10. Chaos theory refers to a completely random system that does not obey any rules or laws of nature. True or false?
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