Tech Quiz of the Day


December 9, 2008  3:29 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – transcoding

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is transcoding.

A transcoder digitally translates data from one format to another.

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Secret Word of the Day

This type of video delivery is viewed immediately and isn’t saved on the computer’s hard drive. What’s the secret word?
Answer

Acronym Challenge

This acronym is often associated with video. It stands for “compression/decompression.” What’s the acronym?
Answer

Tech Trivia

A jpg file is lossy. Does that mean that all original data can be recovered when the file is uncompressed or does it mean that any duplicate data is discarded?
Answer

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UCLA took the lead in designing a system that would allow the schools to share video footage electronically, using the relatively uncongested Internet2 network maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities around the U.S.

A lot of the Cisco products coming out are allowing you to use their gateway as a SIP router without having to make use of their SCCP protocol if you want to do transcoding – which is converting codecs from one quality to another, usually to conserve bandwidth.

December 8, 2008  2:46 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – network behavior analysis

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is network behavior analysis.
The goal of network behavior analysis is to flag unknown, new or unusual traffic patterns that might indicate the presence of a security threat. Because it operates passively, NBA avoids latency or becoming a performance bottleneck.

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Secret Word of the Day

This popular open source network intrusion prevention and detection system is rules-based. Its logo is a pig. What is it?
Answer

Acronym Challenge

In a DDoS attack, an army of compromised systems attack a single target. What does DDoS stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia

Which Hanna-Barbera Saturday-morning cartoon inspired a type of ping attack?
Answer


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2008 Products of the Year – Network Behavior Analysis

Security Spotlight: Network Behavior Analysis goes long and wide (by Lisa Phifer)

In this Webcast, security expert Ben Rothke will provide you with an overview of NBA and give you a deeper understanding of threats that are not visible to traditional signature-based IDS/IPS solutions.


December 5, 2008  1:58 PM

Tech Trivia Challenge – lean production

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Our WhatIs.com Tech Term is lean production.
The goal of lean production is to get the right things to the right place at the right time – the first time – while minimizing waste and being open to change.

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Secret Word of the Day
Which popular horizontal bar chart was developed in 1917 to be a production control tool?
Answer

Acronym Challenge
“The information made available through an ERP system provides visibility for the KPIs that are required for meeting corporate objectives. ” What does KPI stand for?
Answer

Tech Trivia
The Capability Maturity Model is a methodology for developing and refining an organization’s __________ .
a. software development
b. professional development paths
Answer

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Learn why lean manufacturing and ERP implemented together can help reduce manufacturing waste and increase manufacturing productivity.

This article reaches into a specific area of modern manufacturing called lean manufacturing to find quality improvement processes that, when combined with modern software technology, can add tremendous value to the creation of software.

Read what Wikipedia has to say about lean production.


December 5, 2008  12:16 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about full-disk encryption?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is full-disk encryption.

Tech Trivia
What key do you press during Windows bootup to start in safe mode?
Answer (Scroll to the end of the definition.)

Secret Word of the Day
This formula for solving a problem is named for a mathematician in the royal court in Baghdad, circa 830 A.D. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
The DES algorithm is considered so difficult to break that the U.S. government restricted its exportation to other countries. What does DES stand for?
Answer


December 4, 2008  12:15 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about InfiniBand?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is InfiniBand.

Tech Trivia
It looks like a sideways numeral 8 — what does it symbolize in mathematics?
Answer

Secret Word of the Day
In a communications context, this is a point where the flow of data is impaired or stopped entirely. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
What does the i in iSCSI stand for: Internet or intelligent?
Answer


December 3, 2008  12:07 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about port interface cards?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is port interface card.

Tech Trivia
A computer has a motherboard. Which of the following might it also have:
a. a fatherboard
b. a daughterboard
c. a sonboard
Answer

Secret Word of the Day
In a computer or on a network, this is a transmission path on which signals are dropped off or picked up at every device attached to the line. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
MPP is the coordinated processing of a program by multiple processors that work on different parts of the program, with each processor using its own operating system and memory. What does MPP stand for?
Answer


December 2, 2008  3:03 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about Fennec?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Fennec.

Tech Trivia
What was the first mobile phone virus?
Answer

Secret Word of the Day
This wireless technology was named for a 10th century Danish king. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
COO is a mobile positioning technique for finding a caller’s cell location. What does COO stand for?
Answer


December 1, 2008  4:07 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about data mining?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is data mining.

Tech Trivia
What controversial software did AT&T develop for data mining telephone records?
Answer

Secret Word of the Day
This is a body of tools used to discover and analyze patterns in data so that past behavior can be used to forecast likely future behavior. What’s the Secret Word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
Consumer data is increasingly being gathered at POS. What does POS stand for?
Answer


November 28, 2008  10:56 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about Internet Routing in Space?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Internet Routing in Space (IRIS).

Tech Trivia
Which protocol reassembles packets after they’ve arrived and forwards on to you as a complete file — TCP or IP?
Answer

Secret Word of the Day
This is the ability of a computer, machine, electronic system or network to maintain limited functionality even when a large portion of it has been destroyed or rendered inoperative. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
Vint Cerf helped NASA engineers design a DTN protocol that uses space probes and orbiters as deep space routers. What does DTN stand for?
Answer

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November 26, 2008  5:19 PM

Tech quiz of the day from WhatIs.com: How much do you know about petaflops?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The WhatIs.com Word of the Day is petaflop.

Tech Trivia
How many high-performance laptops would it take to equal the power of IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer?
Answer (Scroll to the second paragraph.)

Secret Word of the Day
Supercomputers use this computing model to achieve such high levels of performance. What’s the secret word?
Answer

IT Acronym Challenge
HA refers to a system or component that is continuously operational for a desirably long length of time. What does HA stand for?
Answer

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