e-newsTECHTrivia

True or False?

  • Ninety-three percent of cybersecurity breaches could be avoided.
    True. Regular software updates and cloud-based solutions keep systems secure. Also, not responding to scammy emails that tell you you’ve won the lottery.
  • “Rudebots” is the generic term for computer programs that maliciously destroy your computer.
    False. The term is “malware,” but when you think about it, they are pretty rude.
  • A Trojan attack requires a carrier file to self-replicate.
    False. A virus needs a carrier file to replicate and insert itself into other files. A Trojan just needs a big, wooden horse.

Fact or Fiction?

  • There are approximately 60,000 computer viruses released into cyberspace every year.
    FACT. There are 5000 computer viruses released monthly. That adds up to a lot of sick computers.
  • The word password is one of the most commonly used passwords.
    FACT. Never underestimate the intelligence of a hacker. They work with COMPUTERS, people!
  • In 2012, a national survey revealed that 51% of people thought stormy weather affected cloud computing.
    FACT AND FICTION. It’s a fact that 51% of people believe the fiction that a storm could affect cloud computing.

True or False?

  • IT decision makers in the US are the highest paid in the world, averaging a $107,193 salary per year.
    True. Perhaps it’s time to ask for a raise?
  • The fastest way for a US-based IT pro to receive a double-digit raise is to pick up the boss’s dry cleaning.
    False. While running personal errands for the boss might help, seeking out a new employer is a better idea.
  • Security expertise and knowing how to operate the office Keurig coffee machine are considered among the most valuable IT skills to have today.
    Trick question. Officially, security expertise is the most valued skill. Unofficially, we’re sure many in the industry would agree that the ability to make the coffee machine behave is a close second.

True or False?

  • Marty Cooper of Motorola made the first mobile phone call in 1973 to a pizza joint to order a large pepperoni pie.
    False. Despite having skipped lunch, Marty had a bigger appetite for boasting and called his rival at Bell Labs.
  • In 1980, Apple announced that it would no longer allow oranges on their grounds.
    False. It was typewriters. The difference between them and word processors was like apples and oranges.
  • A “meltdown” triggered by an encounter between an active radar set and a Mr. Goodbar candy bar in engineer Percy Spencer’s pocket led to the development of the microwave oven.
    True. The melty mishap brought about the sale of domestic microwave ovens in 1955. And to this day, nobody in the office will clean it after reheating their spaghetti marinara.

True or False?

  • From 1962 to 1982, the passwords for US nuclear missiles was “00000000”.
    True. JFK instituted the policy to keep rogue military commanders from launching nukes. The Air Force “technically” complied with the directive but were more concerned about delayed response to an attack than rogue commanders. As a result, they used the 8-digit sequence 00000000 in every missile silo across the country.
  • The first-ever web page is still online at its original URL.
    True. You can find it at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. Apparently, there were no graphic designers around in 1991 when it was created.
  • One of the three Apple co-founders, Ronald Wayne, sold his share of the company to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak before the company incorporated in 1977. His price? $25 and a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
    False. Wayne received a paltry $800 for his share of the company. Looking back, he probably wishes he’d had them throw in that Happy Meal too.

True or False?

  • The term “malware” is short for “malicious software.”
    True. Types of malware include adware, bots, bugs, rootkits, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses, and worms, all of which accurately describe some pretty nasty stuff.
  • Macs cannot be infected by malware.
    False. This might have been true in the past, but the increase in Apple’s market share has coincided with an increase in malware created to hack Macs.
  • If your computer is attacked, reinstalling your data from a backup will take care of the problem.
    True and false. While reinstallation can rid you of the malware, it’s also possible that it’s hiding in backed up files or hidden sectors. You could actually wind up reinstalling the malware and all that work will be for nothing.
  • If my system is attacked, I should just dump my computer in the garbage and buy a new one. There’s no fixing it!
    False. A malware attack isn’t a death sentence for your computer. Completely reformatting the hard drive and installing a clean OS should make it like new again.

True or False?

  • The first personal computer, the Kenbak-1, was introduced in 1971 and sold for $2,700.
    False. It actually sold for $750. Not much of a bargain considering it included 256 bytes of memory and ran at a dizzying speed of 1 MHz. Of course, there were no cat videos on YouTube back then, so maybe it didn’t matter so much.
  • In the 1970s, several engineers at various institutions came up with an idea for linking computers together. They called this forefather to the Internet, “Bob.”
    False. The actual name was ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) creating a 4-node network. “Bob” was the intern who brought the coffee to the office every day.
  • In 1963, Stanford Researcher, Douglas Engelbart, invented the first computer mouse. Initially, he thought of calling it “bug,” but decided “mouse” was better because he loved cheese.
    False. He called it “mouse” because early models resembled a rodent’s tail. Ewww.

Q&A

  • How much do you know about viruses and spam?
  1. What was the first computer virus?
    Answer: a. Creeper. Created in 1971, Creeper was initially designed to experiment with self-replicating software. Even though it wasn’t intended to be malicious, its name would leave you to believe otherwise.
  2. What is the origin of the word “spam”?
    Answer: c. A Monty Python skit from the 70s. Monty Python featured a skit in which a hostess in a Viking café comically repeats “SPAM” as a menu item. Fake meat for Vikings? No thank you!
  3. Who said, “Two years from now, email spam will be solved?
    Answer: b. Bill Gates. In 2004, Bill Gates made the prediction. Fortunately, he was better at operating Microsoft than prognosticating.

True or False?

  • The safest place to be if you’re outside when a tornado hits is under a tree.
    False. When Dorothy and Toto couldn’t make it into the storm cellar, they should have taken cover in a ditch.
  • Hurricanes kill more people each year than any other weather event.
    False. Floods kill more people each year than lightning, tornadoes, or hurricanes.
  • A tornado that forms over water is called a Tasmanian Devil.
    False. A Tasmanian Devil is an Australian marsupial as well as a short-tempered foe of Bugs Bunny. A tornado that occurs over a body of water is called a Waterspout.

Q&A

  • Do you know the meaning of the following acronyms in the science field?
  1. WEIRD (Hint: Used in the field of behavioral psychology)
    Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. This acronym comes from a behavioral psychology study that pointed out that, “pretty much everything we think we know about human behavior derives from studies of US undergraduates — the psychologists’ ‘lab rat’! These people are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic.”
  2. BRAINS (Hint: An award for scientists)
    Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists. Obviously, these award-winning scientists are pretty smart.
  3. CREME (Hint: Don’t put this in your coffee)
    Cosmic Ray Effects on MicroElectronics. Not nearly as delicious as the acronym would have you believe.

True or False?

  • In 1988, a Norwegian computer pioneer disconnected Norway from the Internet by unplugging a single cable.
    True. To avoid the threat of a fast-spreading computer virus, Pål Spilling disconnected Norway from the rest of the Internet by unplugging a single cable.
  • Originally, Amazon’s founder wanted to name the web giant, “Cadabra,” (as in “abracadabra”) to express how magical shopping on the site would be
    True. He switched to “Amazon” after many others kept mishearing the name as “cadaver.”
  • Videophone and video chat capability have been around since FDR was president.
    False. However, it has been around since 1970, but never caught on, likely due to the high cost for service — $160/month (equivalent to $947) — for 30 minutes of video chat.

True or False?

  • In the first half of 2014, there were 21.7 power outages per month across the country, including weather-related outages. That’s six times more than in the year 2000.
    True. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of reported power outages rose dramatically due to an aging infrastructure, growing population, and extreme weather. source
  • Claims paid by all insurance companies in the past decade for damaged sustained by frozen, burst pipes exceeded $4 billion.
    True. Per the Institute for Business and Home Safety, a one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water per day, destroying floors, furniture, electronic equipment and personal items. source
  • Forecasters are predicting the winter of 2017 could bring above-average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies, with colder-than-average temperatures in the east.
    True. Plus, the West will be warmer and the south will be dryer. source

True or False?

  • All DR plans should include details on how employees will communicate, where they go, and how they will do their jobs in the wake of a disaster.
    True. Details will vary by industry and business, but these components are essential for a successful DR plan.
  • Forty-three percent (43%) of companies without a DR plan that experience a major data loss never reopen.
    True. A sobering statistic. In fact, only 6 percent of companies without a DR plan survive long-term.
  • On average, the cost of one hour of downtime for a mid-size business is $74,000.
    True. Small companies average a $8K/hour loss while large enterprises can lose as much as $700k per hour!

Q&A

  • Name the information that a web site places on your hard drive so it can quickly recall you at a later.
    Answer: Cookies
  • One version is served with cheese. This type is someone who breaks into someone else’s computer and breaches security.
    Answer: Cracker
  • You might find these on a hunt in the spring, or as an undocumented feature that gives credit to a software developer.
    Answer: Easter egg

True or False?

  • Apple has sold more than 240 million iPhones thus far.
    True. 244.2 million to be exact.
  • YAHOO stands for “Yelta And Hal Owe Oliver,” a play on the founder’s names and their first investor.
    False. You’d never guess, but it’s “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
  • “Jersey” was the cattle-themed code name for Microsoft’s Windows Vista
    False. It was “Longhorn.”
  • Ellen DeGeneres is responsible for the most retweeted tweet of all time.
    True. It was her group selfie taken at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Q&A

  • The US military funded a network that would eventually evolve into the modern internet. What was the network called?
    Answer: ARPANET which in 1969 interconnected four university computers. They probably weren’t doing much Facebooking!
  • Who famously said, “640K ought to be enough for anybody”?
    Answer: MS Chairman Bill Gates in 1981. Clearly he hadn’t uploaded any selfies yet.
  • Kodak produced the first digital camera in what year?
    Answer: They developed a prototype in 1975. Just think, your prom pictures could have looked so much better than they did.

Q&A

  • What does IBM stand for?
    Answer: International Business Machines
  • IBM created the technologies that brought about the floppy disk and the hard drive. Name five other innovations they pioneered.
    Answer: The magnetic strip, RAM, relational databases, UPC bar codes, and the world’s first disk storage system—RAMAC
  • IBM introduced what many consider to be the first “smart phone” called Simon, which offered email access and fax capability. What year was it launched?
    Answer: 1994

Q&A

  • What year was the first mobile telephone call made?
    Answer: 1946 in St. Louis, MO.
  • The GRID 1101 is the grand-daddy of all modern-day laptops. How much did a person pay to own one in 1982?
    Answer: $8,000
  • The Osborne 1 was considered to be the first practical and useful “portable” computer. How much did it weigh?
    Answer: 25 lbs.

Q&A

  • What is the candy bar-themed code name for Android version 4.4?
    Answer: KitKat
  • Which home game console has led the U.S. market for all of 2014?
    Answer: PlayStation 4
  • What was the cattle-themed code name for Microsoft’s Windows Vista?
    Answer: Longhorn
  • What was the widespread vulnerability in the open SSL software library that sounded like a coronary condition?
    Answer: Heartbleed

True or False?

  • 23% of all photocopier failures are caused by people sitting on them to copy a body part
  • 13% of Americans believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese
  • In ancient Egyptian, the word for genius and socially awkward is “Geek”
  • Slamming your keyboard against your desk burns 75 calories an hour

Answer:
All are true! At least according to happyworker.com


Q&A

  • Can you name the top 10 most prophetic sci-fi movies ever made?
    1.) Gattac—genetic profiling
    2.) Minority Report—display technology and self-driving cars
    3.) The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2)—resource wars
    4.) The Truman Show—reality TV
    5.) Destination Moon—realistic space flight and commercial interest in space
    6.) The Running Man—reality game shows
    7.) Blade Runner—urban development
    8.) Soylent Green—climate change
    9.) Short Circuit—autonomous military ground robots
    10.) 2001: A Space Odyssey—space tourism

True or False?

  • In 1928, a tornado in Kansas plucked the feathers right off some chickens.
    True. Tornadoes have also been known to embed boards, knives, forks, and other materials directly into trees.
  • The United States have an average of 400 tornadoes every year.
    False. About a thousand tornadoes touch down in the US every year.
  • Opening a window in a house will equalize air pressure, preventing a tornado from blowing the house down.
    False. In fact, opening the wrong windows could allow air to rush in and blow the house apart from the inside.

Q&A

  • Who was the first person to invest in Google?
  • How much did that person invest?
  • Where did Larry Page and Sergey Brin go to celebrate after accepting the check?

Answer:
Andy Bechtolsheim gave Larry and Sergey a check for $100,000. After receiving it, they went to Burger King. Perhaps there’s something to be said for being frugal.


Q&A

  • What are the three most common lies on the Internet?
    Answer:
    1.) I’ve read the Terms of Service.
    2.) Status: Offline
    3.) I am over 18 years of age.

Q&A

  • Why are your Twitter tweets limited to 140 characters?
    Answer: Because Twitter was built for SMS, which could only be 160 characters. They cut 20 characters to allow people to add Twitter handles.

Q&A

  • “Modem” is the amalgam of what two words?
    Answer: Modulation and demodulation