Thanksgiving: Do you speak Geek?

Thanksgiving: Do you speak Geek?

We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for contributing to whatis.com and helping us to keep the site growing and useful. Please join us for our traditional November Thanksgiving quiz-feast of general IT terms. The questions are tough, but the answers are quite entertaining!

1. Dinner is served, so grab a plate and gather round the buffet. In wireless communications, this connects the antenna to the receiver.
What is it?

2. Sounds like an endearment for the star of the traditional Thanksgiving meal: this is a false, or phantom, signal that appears in a wireless receiver.
What is it?

3. Loaded with food, it's sometimes called a groaning board: this is a data structure used to organize information.
What is it?

4. Sounds a bit like a savory turkey side-dish. In IT, this is the addition of a small number of binary digits to a transmission unit in order to fill it up to a standard size.
What is it?

5. This is a derogatory term for someone who tends to spend a great deal of leisure time in front of the computer, perhaps coming to resemble a beloved tuber of the holiday table.
What is it?

6. Grind 'em up to serve with dessert! This is an object-oriented programming interface from Sun Microsystems that lets you build components that can be deployed in a network on any major operating system platform.
What is it?

7. Would this be the result of husking maize for Thanksgiving dinner? This Unix command execution program developed at Bell Labs is a comprehensive combined version of other major UNIX shells.
What is it?

8. Does an overstuffed turkey leave this on the way to the stove? In IT, this is a navigation tool on a Web site that allows a user to see where the current page is in relation to the Web site's hierarchy.
What is it?

9. Would you like pumpkin or mince? This is a numerical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter on a flat plane surface.
What is it?

10. If you do this, you might not have to loosen your belt buckle after dinner. In IT, this is a computer system, especially in the entertainment industry, that combines disparate hardware and software-controlled lighting, sound, and visual effects into a single, synchronized system.
What is it?

How many could you guess correctly without peeking? Let us know and we'll add your name to the November Know-IT-All Honor Roll!

Be sure to take these other quizzes:

Quiz #1: Help Desk Basics
Quiz #2: Security Basics
Quiz #3: Data Storage
Quiz #4: Networking Hardware
Quiz #5: Getting Your Message Across the Network
Quiz #6: Servers
Quiz #7: Protocols
Quiz #8: Database Basics
Quiz #9: Wireless
Quiz #10: TCP/IP
Quiz #11: Ego-Booster
Quiz #12: Database II
Quiz #13: AS/400
Quiz #14: Peripherals
Quiz #15: HP
Quiz #16: Web Management Basics
Quiz #17: DSL
Quiz #18: Do you know me? You should!
Quiz #19: Artificial Intelligence
Quiz #20: Cryptography
Quiz #21: We're Going to the Zoo!
Quiz #22: Web Site Performance
Quiz #23: Firewalls
Quiz #24: Web Services
Quiz #25: Security
Quiz #26: Storage Smarts
Quiz #27: Security Awareness for End-users
Quiz #28: Ethernet
Quiz #29: iSeries (AS/400) Commands
Quiz #30: Troubleshooting
Quiz #31: Laptops
Quiz #32: Securing your network
Quiz #33: Logic Chips
Quiz #34: Workstations
Quiz #35: Common Vulnerabilities
Quiz #36: Linux Basics
Quiz #37: Customers and Call Centers
Quiz #38: Wireless Standards and Protocols
Quiz #39: iSeries (AS/400) History
Quiz #40: Authentication Methods
Thanksgiving: Do you speak Geek? (you're on this quiz now)

This was first published in November 2003

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