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December 21, 2009  10:45 PM

Is that option pre-installed?

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Which is correct?

You may be able to restore your computer to a previous, functional status if it came with a recovery utility _________.
a. pre-installed
b. installed

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December 21, 2009  5:14 PM

Bane (or bain) of my existence?

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Which is correct?

Inefficient use of bandwidth is the _____ of the network administrator’s existence.
a. bane
b. bain

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December 18, 2009  2:00 PM

Is that network insecure or unsecure?

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Which is correct?
The bottom line seems to be that you can’t browse securely on an ________ network.
a. insecure
b. unsecure

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December 17, 2009  5:54 PM

Ensure or insure?

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Which is correct?
A security policy should stipulate requirements for each department to _______ that confidential information and technologies are not compromised.
a. insure
b. ensure

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December 16, 2009  6:50 PM

Would have, could have, should have — in a subjunctive mood

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Which is correct?
If I ______ known more about security when I started this job, I could have avoided some problems.
a. would have
b. had

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December 14, 2009  7:43 PM

Test your metal or mettle?

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Which is correct?
Keeping data flowing efficiently across an enterprise WAN tests the _______ of any system administrator.
a. mettle
b. metal

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December 11, 2009  3:26 PM

Large sums of money

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Which is correct?
According to Infonetics Research, the WAN market was worth ________ in 2008.
a. $1 billion
b. one billion dollars
c. $1B
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December 9, 2009  4:38 PM

Capitalization and organizations

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Which is correct?
Applications for project funding must be received at the headquarters of the Philanthropic Foundation by December 11. The ________ reviews applications for funding in January.
a. Foundation
b. foundation
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December 8, 2009  2:18 PM

Supposedly vs. supposably

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Which is correct?
Although data warehousing was ________ going to be a panacea for enterprise data problems, things haven’t worked out that way.
a. supposedly
b. supposably
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December 7, 2009  2:08 PM

Amount vs. number

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Which is correct?
A large ______ of dependencies in an operating system can make it hard to change one thing without impacting others.
a. amount
b. number
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