Tech Quiz of the Day


January 27, 2009  11:54 AM

Know IT all quiz – Ubuntu

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an open source Debian-based Linux distribution that is considered suitable for users without extensive technical knowledge. Ubuntu distributions include Edubuntu (for educational users), Xubuntu (for users with limited processing power) and JeOS (for “just enough operating system,” a lightweight version for virtual appliances).

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Secret Word of the Day
Ubuntu is often run from this type of distribution — an operating system on some bootable medium.  What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
GIMP is a freely available open source application for creating and manipulating graphic images. What does GIMP stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Fill in the missing Ubuntu codename: _____ _____; Intrepid Ibex; Jaunty Jackalope
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Acronym Challenge
GIMP is a freely available open source application for creating and manipulating graphic images. What does GIMP stand for?
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Word Scramble
Unscramble these letters to see a software distribution model that allows code to be copied, modified and distributed along with the same stipulation:
pycflote
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Pam Derringer reports on the release of Ubuntu 8.10.

The Enterprise Linux Log blog covers Ubuntu.

January 25, 2009  7:57 PM

Know IT All Quiz – Macintosh

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Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is Macintosh

The Macintosh was the first widely-sold personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse. Apple introduced the Macintosh (popularly known as the Mac) on January 24th, 1984.

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Secret Word of the Day
Twenty years ago, computers were usually referred to as either Apples or ____ -compatible. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
What does the X in OS X stand for?
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Tech Trivia
How did people interact with computers before the introduction of the GUI?
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Word Scramble
Unscramble the letters to see a word for something simulated on a computer screen:
spokedt
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See specs for the original Mac and the commercial that introduced it.

Wikipedia has an entry about the Macintosh.

Apple offers a Macintosh product guide.

CNET News looks at the future of the Mac.


January 23, 2009  12:44 PM

Are you a Know-IT-All? MAID

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Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is MAID

MAID (massive array of idle disks) is a storage technology in which only those drives in active use are spinning at any given time. This reduces power consumption and prolongs the lives of the drives.

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Secret Word of the Day
This storage buzzword is used to describe a logical, abstracted view of physical storage devices. What is the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
An SSD is a storage device that stores persistent data in flash memory. What does SSD stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What storage medium was used for the 1890s U.S. census?
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Copan CEO: Putting spindown on disk arrays isn’t MAID

Big savings with MAID 2.0 storage technology

StorageTopics: greenBytes – an innovative approach energy …but is it MAID?


January 22, 2009  2:08 PM

Know-IT-All Quiz – Remote Procedure Call

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is remote procedure call

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a protocol that one program can use to request a service from a program located in another computer in a network without having to understand network details.

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Secret Word of the Day

Having this support in a network means that a client program can request a service without having to understand where the server is in a distributed network or exactly what the interface to the server program looks like. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge

CORBA is an architecture and specification for creating, distributing, and managing distributed program objects in a network. What does CORBA stand for?
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Tech Trivia

SOAP is a way for a program running in one kind of operating system to communicate with a program running in another kind of an operating system by using HTTPand XML for information exchange. Was SOAP invented by Sun, Microsoft or IBM?
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Microsoft RPC worm spreads in corporate networks

VPN or RPC/HTTPS? Both have their place


January 21, 2009  12:55 PM

Know-IT-All Quiz – iteration

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is iteration

In agile software development, an iteration is a single development cycle, usually measured as one week or two weeks. An iteration may also be defined as the elapsed time between iteration planning sessions.

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Secret Word of the Day

The first version of this programming language for databases was developed at IBM in the early 1970s. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge

CI is a software engineering practice in which isolated changes are immediately tested and reported on when they are added to a larger code base. What does CI stand for?
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Tech Trivia

What do you call computer object code that is processed by a virtual machine instead of the hardware processor?
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Agile Development Learning Guide

Open source, agile help move to lean software development

Learn about agile methods, how agile compares to other methodologies, and how to implement agile practices.


January 20, 2009  5:19 PM

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January 20, 2009  5:11 PM

Video 9

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January 20, 2009  5:06 PM

Video 8

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January 20, 2009  4:55 PM

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January 20, 2009  4:42 PM

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