Romancing the Geek

Here's our valentine to you: A selection of tech trivia nuggets for the discerning technophile. How many can you guess correctly?

Is romance a trivial pursuit? Not for the passionate geek, whose love of learning knows no bounds. Here's our valentine to you: A selection of tech trivia nuggets for the discerning technophile. How many can you guess correctly?

1. February 14th is known as Valentine's Day to lovers around the world. What special day is it for Microsoft customers?
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2. Sounds like somewhere to take your Valentine -- maybe a tropical destination or a swingin' nightclub? In communications, it's a wireless access point.
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3. Some Valentines might expect this wrapped in a box from Tiffany's. In IT, it's a network topology or circuit arrangement in which each device is attached along the same signal path to two other devices.
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4. "A book of verses underneath the bough, a jug of _________, a loaf of bread -- and thou..." Those romantic lines from "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" have brought together lovers throughout the ages. But can it make Windows love Linux?
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5. Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is sometimes considered the first programmer. She's the daughter of the renowned Romantic poet, ___________.
a. Percy Bysshe Shelley
b. William Blake
c. Lord Byron
d. John Keats
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6. Why can't a woman be more like a man? This cable adapter will turn male to female and vice versa.
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7. This communication between two modems would be an unusually formal greeting between Valentines.
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8. The frugal geek might type this in an IM session with his Valentine: 12x @>--->---
What does it stand for?
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9. All's fair in love and war? This virus reached an estimated 45 million recipients in 2004, with an insincere declaration of affection in the subject line.
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10. Geeks urged to express their feelings might resort to these typographic representations.
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How did you score on our romance geek-o-meter? Let us know!

This was first published in February 2006

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