Tech Quiz of the Day


January 9, 2009  7:34 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – MiFi

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Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is MiFi.

MiFi is a portable broadband wireless device about the size of a credit card that combines functions of a modem, router and access point. The device was designed to enable quick and easy local area network (LAN) setup.

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Secret Word of the Day
We get this term that describes a temporary network from a Latin word meaning for this. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
The Wi in Wi-Fi stands for wireless — what does the Fi part stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What’s the specification number for IEEE’s family of wireless LAN standards?
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Endgadget reports on MiFi.

Novatel has more information about MiFi in its press release.

January 8, 2009  5:18 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – netbook

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is netbook.

A netbook is a small, light, low-power notebook computer that has less processing power than a full-sized laptop but is still suitable for running a Web browser and connecting wirelessly to the Internet.

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Secret Word of the Day
This buzzword can be used to describe the lack of Internet access by some segments of a community.
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Acronym Challenge

OLPC is an international initiative to provide low-cost laptops to children in developing nations. What does OLPC stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Microsoft and Intel partnered to create an ultra-mobile computer that ran windows. They named the project after a Japanese word that means “paper folding.”  What was the name of the project?

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Smart monitors, netbooks to parlay desktop virtualization

Acer and ASUS set high netbook sales targets for ’09

Gizmodo takes a stab at defining UMPC and all the other names vendors use to describe small notebook computers.


January 7, 2009  7:42 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – DRM

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Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is DRM

Digital rights management (DRM) is a systematic approach to copyright protection for digital media. The purpose of DRM is to prevent unauthorized redistribution of digital media and restrict the ways consumers can copy content they’ve purchased.

Are you a Know-IT-All? Test your knowledge of tech vocabulary!

Secret Word of the Day

This is the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s proposed copy protection encoding for broadcast digital television (DTV) signals.  What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge

The RIAA, a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry, has announced they will no longer be suing university students for illegally downloading music. What does RIAA stand for?
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Tech Trivia

What do you call code that’s embedded in a digital video to protect the videographer’s intellectual property?
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Apple Removes DRM Restrictions from iTunes

Apple Removing DRM But Keeping Proprietary AAC File Format


January 6, 2009  2:52 AM

Tech Trivia Challenge – microblogging

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is microblogging

Microblogging is a web service that allows the subscriber to broadcast short messages to other subscribers of the service.  The broadcasts can be text, photos or video.  Twitter, Jaiku and the status feature on Facebook are three of the most popular microblogging services.

Are you a Know-IT-All? Test your tech vocabulary!

Secret Word of the Day

This is a series of entries posted to a single page in reverse-chronological order. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge

Twitter was written in a programming language called RoR. What does RoR stand for?
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Tech Trivia

In the 1980’s, before the arrival of the World Wide Web, what did you call an application for sharing or exchanging messages or other files on a network?
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Microblogging for business

What are the risks of social networking sites?

Creating a sensible social network policy

When Micro-Blogging Grows Up

List of Enterprise Microblogging Tools: Twitter for the Intranet


January 1, 2009  12:31 AM

Tech Trivia Challenge – millennials

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is millenials
Millennials, an abbreviation for millennial generation, is a term used by demographers to describe a segment of the population born between 1980 and 2000 (approximately). Sometimes referred to in the media as “Generation Y,” millennials are the children of the post-WWII baby boomer generation.

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Secret Word of the Day
This is the calendar used in the Western world since 1582. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
Y2K was the focus of fears that computer systems would cause widespread problems because of a date issue. What does Y2K stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Who instituted the Julian calendar?
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Here are the top 10 terms top 10 terms readers wanted to learn more about in 2008.


December 31, 2008  10:51 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – solid state drive

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is solid state drive
An SSD (solid-state drive or solid-state disk) is a storage device that stores persistent data on solid state flash memory.
SSDs actually aren’t hard drives at all, in the traditional sense of the term, as there are no moving parts involved.

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Secret Word of the Day
This is a passive electronic component that stores energy in the form of an electrostatic field. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
On mainframes, the term for “boot” is IPL. What does IPL stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What’s a warm boot?
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Top searches of 2008
Here the top 10 terms readers wanted to learn more about in 2008.

FAQ Guide: When to expect SSDs
Storage analyst Mark Peters discusses the future of solid state and which applications will drive its enterprise use.


December 31, 2008  10:38 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – millennials

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is millennials
Millennials, an abbreviation for millennial generation, is a term used by demographers to describe a segment of the population born between 1980 and 2000 (approximately). Sometimes referred to in the media as “Generation Y,” millennials are the children of the post-WWII baby boomer generation.

Are you a Know-IT-All?

Secret Word of the Day
This is the calendar used in the Western world since 1582. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
Y2K was the focus of fears that computer systems would cause widespread problems because of a date issue. What does Y2K stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
Who instituted the Julian calendar?
Answer

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Top searches of 2008
Here the top 10 terms readers wanted to learn more about in 2008.

Enterprise Linux 2008: The year in review
Our Enterprise Linux 2008 year in review notes some of the highlights of Linux growth this year.


December 31, 2008  5:24 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – Top Search Terms in 2008

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is Top search terms of 2008
You asked for them and here they are — we’ve assembled a list of the terms most often searched on the site this past year.

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Secret Word of the Day
This term refers to any commonly used word (such as “the”) that a search engine has been programmed to ignore. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
ARPU is an expression of the income generated by a typical subscriber or device per unit time in a telecommunications network. What does ARPU stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Number #1 on our list this year was SAP, a company started in Germany by five former employees of a certain technology company. What company did SAP’s founders originally work for?
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2008 was a challenging year for security. What will 2009 bring? See Five predictions for Web security trends and changes in 2009.

An expert explores whether security and compliance concerns in the cloud could hinder the viability of cloud computing.


December 30, 2008  2:31 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – cybersquatting

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is cybersquatting
According to the U.S. federal law known as the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.

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Secret Word of the Day
When registering a new domain name, this is taking advantage of the new five-day grace period to sample different domain names for free.
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Acronym Challenge
ICANN announced that it intends to change the Internet domain naming system by allowing a nearly unlimited number of generic top level domain names. What does ICANN stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What do you call it when someone repeatedly registers and deletes a domain name so he ties up the domain name without paying for it?
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Hackers are buying domain names with common typing errors that people make when typing a URL.

Who invented the domain name system? Paul Mockapetris.  This vintage interview is still an interesting read.


December 29, 2008  9:43 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – spintronics

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is spintronics
Spintronics is an emerging field of nanoscale electronics involving the detection and manipulation of electron spin. Electron spin can be detected as a magnetic field having either of two orientations, known as down and up. Exploiting spin states provides an additional two binary states so that a bit can have four possible states.

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Secret Word of the Day
This is the standard unit of electric current. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
The LHC is expected to help physicists, astronomers and cosmologists answer questions about the nature and origins of matter, energy and the universe. What does LHC stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Electrons are one of two charge carriers responsible for current  in semiconductor materials. What’s the other one?
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FAQ Guide: When to expect solid state drives in the enterprise
In this FAQ guide, Mark Peters, an analyst with consulting firm Enterprise Strategy Group, provides answers to the questions he is hearing most frequently from storage administrators related to solid state drives.

Salary and careers special report for enterprise CIOs
Enterprise CIOs are still feeling secure in their jobs despite the faltering economy. But that doesn’t mean CIOs are shying away from seeking new career opportunities or considering telecommuting if it would make their working lives better. SearchCIO.com’s 2008 Salaries and Careers Special Report provides feedback from enterprise IT executives.


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