Overheard: Word of the Day

Feb 12 2008   5:48PM GMT

Quiz: What the heck are they talking about?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

DIRECTIONS: These are real statements from real people discussing real technology in the blogosphere. I’ve removed one word from each quote. Can you still figure out what they’re talking about? Click on the link to see if you’re right!

1. Microsoft has warned corporate administrators that it will push a new version of __________ their way February 12th, and it has posted guidelines on how to ward off the automatic update.
What are they talking about?

2. In China, the ___________ movement is having a harder time gaining traction because of widespread software piracy.
What are they talking about?

3. Amazon __________ services continue to grow. The bandwidth utilized by these services in Q4 2007 was greater than all of Amazon.com’s global websites combined.
What are they talking about?

4. American companies can send their __________ abroad legally because Congress hasn’t ratified the Basel Convention. The results are clearly visible on the streets of Guiyu, China.
What are they talking about?

5. __________ is a major switch if you’re a hardware company. (No pun intended.) It means charging for a subscription to a service, rather than for big iron.
What are they talking about?

6. For a company like HP, which makes the bulk of its revenue from selling __________, the move to Web-based applications and the slackening demand for heavyweight computers doesn’t seem like a reason to celebrate.
What are they talking about?

7. I’m close to being convinced that Oracle wanted to buy __________ to kill the product, but knew it couldn’t pull off the stunt itself. So it sent in a stooge (Sun Microsystems) to do the job.
What are they talking about?

8. But when I think about what killed most of the startups in the e-commerce business back in the 90s, it was bad __________.
What are they talking about?

9. Where should the PMO exist and report to? Since most companies have a lot of projects located in the ______________ area, this becomes a natural place to locate the PMO.
What are they talking about?

10. A US Department of Homeland Security bug-fixing scheme has uncovered an average of one security glitch per 1,000 lines of code in 180 widely-used _______________ software projects.
What are they talking about?

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