Tech Quiz of the Day


December 27, 2008  11:21 PM

Tech quiz of the day – Skype

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is Skype

Skype is an  IP telephony service provider that offers free calling between subscribers and low-cost calling to people who don’t use the service. In addition to standard telephone calls, Skype enables file transfers, texting, video chat and videoconferencing.

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Secret Word of the Day
You could use this service to make a friend think it was the White House on the line when you called. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
A CNG program inserts noise into the silent parts of conversations so you won’t think you’ve lost your connection. What does CNG stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Are communications over a cable modem Internet connection symmetric or asymmetric?
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IT Knowledge Exchange: VoIP Q&A
Browse the collection of questions and answers about VoIP or join ITKE to ask your own questions.

Telepresence and video conferencing: Reaping the benefits
The benefits of video communications technology have yet to be realized in many enterprises, but the right deployment and the right corporate culture can help these companies reap tremendous benefits.

December 26, 2008  2:24 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – virtual to virtual (V2V)

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is virtual to virtual (V2V)

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Secret Word of the Day
This virtualization strategy allows a network administrator to allocate physical storage on an “as needed” basis. What is it?
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Acronym Challenge
If you’re running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, VMM is the name of the driver that functions as a firewall between the host OS and the virtual machines. What does VMM stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What’s the name of the virtualization feature for Microsoft Windows Server 2008?
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If you’re new to virtualization, Anil Desai has some advice for how to get started.

Virtualization expert Anil Desai explains what Hyper-V is, how it works and how it fits in with other virtualization products.


December 22, 2008  4:38 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – virtual reality

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is virtual reality

Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. On a computer, virtual reality is primarily experienced through two of the five senses: sight and sound.

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Secret Word of the Day

This is a virtualized event that showcases goods and services for a specific industry. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
SL is a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. What does SL stand for?
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Tech Trivia
Bruce Artwick is credited with producing the first successful virtual reality software application. What virtual environment did his software create?
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Telepresence industry to pass $1 billion in 2013
Telepresence combines high quality audio and videoconferencing technology with a special physical environment to create the feeling of an in-person meeting.

Telepresence, unified communications and collaboration: A network operator’s role
While voice was the original medium of telecom, the expanded availability of computers and data-capable appliances like cell phones created a broader definition of the term.


December 22, 2008  12:58 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – product lifecycle management

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is
Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a process for overseeing the manufacturing of a product, from its design and development to its ultimate disposal.

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Secret Word of the Day
This is arguably the most important part of a PLM software application. It’s a collection of data items that can accessed or reassembled in many different ways. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
ABB requires anything in an organization that incurs costs to be recorded and its relationship to other costs, analyzed. What does ABB stand for?
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Tech Trivia
When it comes to manufacturing, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. What storage medium did William Powell Lear, founder of Learjet, invent and patent?
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Manufacturers set sights on PLM
A focus on business process improvement around product development is fueling steady growth in the PLM market at a time when the economy is stalled and corporate budgets are tight.

As PLM gains ground, PLM-ERP integration moves to forefront
As product lifecycle management gains traction beyond the engineering and product development groups, companies are focusing on integrating the platform with other core business systems.


December 19, 2008  9:44 PM

Tech trivia challenge – scareware

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is scareware
Scareware is a type of malware designed to trick victims into purchasing and downloading useless and potentially dangerous software. A scareware program usually generates pop-ups that resemble Windows system messages and warn the user that viruses or other problems have been detected.

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Secret Word of the Day
This controversial rootkit program gets its name from a play on words mocking a Microsoft product.  What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
Scareware preys on users’ FUD. What does FUD stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What browser was #1 on Bit9’s 2008 list of the most vulnerable applications? (Hint: It might not be the one you think it is.)
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John Strand explains how to prevent clickjacking with security policies.

Ken Harthun writes about malware and vulnerabilities in his ITKE Security Corner blog.


December 17, 2008  1:59 AM

Tech trivia challenge – wide area file services

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is wide area file services.
Wide-area file services (WAFS) is a storage technology that makes it possible to access a remote data center as though it were local. Among other benefits, WAFS enables businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies having numerous branch offices to centrally manage data backups in real time.

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Secret Word of the Day
In a network, this is a synonym for delay. It’s an expression of how long it takes a packet to get from one designated point to another.  What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
TTL tells a network router when a packet has been in the network too long and should be discarded. What does TTL stand for?
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Tech Trivia
What’s the world’s biggest and best-known WAN?
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Stephen J. Bigelow explains WAN/WAFS and remote offices.

Read about WAN optimization in this book chapter.


December 16, 2008  3:23 PM

Tech quiz of the day – Seebeck effect

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Seebeck effect.

Tech Trivia
What principle of quantum theory did Schrodinger’s cat demonstrate?
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Secret Word of the Day
This is the basic unit of information in a quantum computer. What’s the secret word?
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IT Acronym Challenge
SoC technology is the packaging of all the necessary electronic circuits and parts for a system such as a cell phone or digital camera on a single integrated circuit. What does SOC stand for?
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December 15, 2008  12:34 PM

Tech quiz of the day – ECOphlex

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is ECOphlex.

Tech Trivia
What was the first computer to break the petaflop barrier?
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Secret Word of the Day
This repository for the storage, management, and dissemination of data is, essentially, the brain of an organization. What’s the secret word?
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IT Acronym Challenge
The IEEE describes itself as the world’s largest technical society. What does IEEE stand for?
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December 11, 2008  7:30 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – LAMP

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is LAMP
LAMP is an open source Web development platform that uses Linux as the operating system, Apache as the Web server, MySQL as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language. (Sometimes Perl or Python are used instead of PHP.) Because the platform has four layers, LAMP is sometimes referred to as a LAMP stack.

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Secret Word of the Day
This type of programming language is interpreted at run-time. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
Apache is an open source Web server. Is Apache an acronym or a tribute to native Americans?
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Tech Trivia
What tech company holds the copyright for most of MySQL’s codebase?
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Pam Derringer says “It may be time to turn out the lights on the LAMP stack.”

Ken Milberg explains how LAMP stacks up against its enterprise cousins.


December 10, 2008  3:31 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – service level agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is service level agreement.
A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a service provider and a customer that specifies in measurable terms what services the provider will furnish. The best service-level agreements are very detailed and address every aspect of the business relationship, including rewards and penalties for good and bad performance.

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Secret Word of the Day
This is an arrangement in which one company hires another company to do work  that has previously been performed in-house. What’s the secret word?
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Acronym Challenge
ITIL is a globally recognized collection of best practice s for information technology  service management.  What does ITIL stand for?
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Tech Trivia
According to the ITIL framework for best practices, what do you call a contract that defines how various IT groups within the same company plan to deliver a service or set of services?
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