Laptops may one day outnumber desktop computers. So how much do you really know about laptops? Take our quiz to find out.

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1.) This technology is used in the liquid crystal displays of notebook and laptop computers to provide a more responsive image at a wider range of viewing angle.
a. graphics accelerator
b. Zoopraxiscope
c. photonic switching
d. active matrix display
e. bi-level images

2.) This is a hardware frame and set of electrical connection interfaces that enables a notebook computer to effectively serve as a desktop computer.
a. Virtual PC
b. intermediate distribution frame
c. docking station
d. brain-machine interface
e. caddy

3.) This is a credit card-size input/output device used to connect a laptop computer to a LAN.
a. PCMCIA card
b. capacitor
c. network PC
d. flexible transistor
e. smart card

4.) This feature allows a laptop user to replace one external drive with another without having to shut down and reboot.
a. jam sync
b. mean-swap-between-failure
c. crossfade
d. heatsink
e. hot swap

5.) This is an attachment for a notebook computer that allows a number of devices such as a printer, large monitor, and keyboard to be simultaneously connected.
a. connectoid
b. port replicator
c. exponential assembly
d. Centronics parallel interface
e. ZIF socket

6.) This is a technology that supports the delivery of full-screen motion video and multimedia to notebook computers.
a. megatransfer
b. iButton
c. fat Mac
d. Multimedia Home Platform
e. Zoomed Video

7.) This is electrical power that a laptop consumes when it is connected to a power source and is ready to be used -- but is not actually being used.
a. standby
b. apparent power
c. wait state
d. latency
e. capacity on demand

8.) Laptop + wireless Ethernet card + automobile =
a. Mobile IP
b. FUBAR
c. European Computer Driving License
d. war driving
e. artificial passenger

9.) This presention software comes with a variety of templates that enable a laptop user to quickly create a sophisticated slide show presentation.
a. Flash
b. PowerPoint
c. Voodoo
d. UART
e. PICTIVE

10.) This light-weight power source for laptops consists of an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte.
a. Crusoe
b. Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
c. G.lite
d. Universal Plug and Play
e. Lithium Ion battery

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ANSWER KEY: 1d - 2c - 3a - 4e - 5b - 6e - 7a - 8d - 9b - 10e

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This was first published in December 2002

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