Year-end quiz

As a service to our readers, has prepared a year-end exam. The format is multiple choice. All you need to do is pick the answer that best suits the term. So close your books and grab a No. 2 pencil and a sheet of paper. You’ve got 15 minutes.

1) Microsoft Outlook:

A) A popular e-mail application
B) A “personal information management and communication solution.”
C) The propagation tool of choice for almost every worm written in 2001

2) 3G:

A) The third generation of wireless telecommunications technology, which will allow users to transfer data at rates of 384 to 2 Mbps
B) “Third Generation is a technology shift taking mobile telephony to a higher level.”
C) Not available in Canada

3) CD-RWs :

A) Devices for making CDs
B) “Drives which enable consumers to create CDs of their favorite music, store data for home offices easily and efficiently, send digital photo albums to families and friends, and more.”
C) Home piracy kits

4) Carleton S. (Carly) Fiorina:

A) Hewlett-Packard’s CEO
B) “Returned (HP) to its roots of innovation and inventiveness and is focused on delivering the best total customer experience.”
C) Not on the Hewlett or Packard Christmas card list

5) TD Canada Trust:

A) A bank
B) “Canada’s premier retail banking organization. . . provides a full range of financial products and services through its retail branch network, telephone and internet banking, and through access to more than 2,800 automated banking machines.”
C) May or may not allow you to get money out of more than 2,800 automated banking machines

6) Oracle9i Application Server is:

A) Enterprise software
B) “Unmatched (in) reliability using low-cost hardware, with no single point of failure and no planned or unplanned downtime. . . (and) provides the most advanced security available.”
C) Larry Ellison’s personal invitation to hackers everywhere

7) Comdex Fall:

A) Computer dealer exposition
B) “THE leading business technology event of the year. There’s NO experience like it.”
C) Less and less relevant

8) Human Resources Intelligence:

A) Software for HR departments
B) “an Internet-ready performance management system which provides a comprehensive overview of your strategic human resources information in an easy to use web format.”
C) Ah, too easy

9) CRM:

A) Customer relationship management
B) “Meet customer needs throughout all phases of the customer interaction cycle. From customer acquisition and multi-channel sales to order processing and customer service.”
C) A failed project

10) iPod:

A) MP3 player from Apple
B) “Apple has applied its legendary expertise in human interface engineering to make iPod the easiest to use digital device ever.”
C) 18 months too late

11) Segway Human Transporter:

A) A motorized scooter
B) “The first enhancement to personal travel that fully integrates the user in the pedestrian world. Cover more ground. Be more productive. Move more intelligently.”
C) The new pocket protector

12) Microsoft Xbox:

A) Video game system
B) “Empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.”
C) Makes it official: There’s money in gaming.

13)Sun Fire 15k:

A) Sun Microsystem’s latest Unix server
B) “Built on the industry’s most scalable general purpose architecture and is better suited than any competitive system for almost any application, from scientific and engineering to business.”
C) An excuse for Scott McNealy to rant about IBM

14) Rogers@Home:

A) Broadband cable connection
B) “The high speed Internet service that is fast no matter how many people are online. This speed gives you the freedom to take advantage of all the Internet has to offer at a pace that works with your busy lifestyle.”
C) You’ve reached tech support. Your call is important to us. . .


A) An information technology news Web site
B) “Canada’s leading media outlet for all the links to the information technology chain.”
C) Back on Jan. 7, 2002


For every A answer add one point
For every B answer subtract 10 points
For every C answer add 10 points

What your total means

1-35–you’re well adjusted
36 and over–you’re jaded and need a vacation
O and under–you’re in public relations/marketing

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