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Tech Trivia – Computers, IT Networks, and Technology

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This blog will focus on the lighter side of IT. As everyone knows, technology and social media have become an integral part of our everyday lives. The following are some fun facts and a Tech Quiz to help keep you informed and amused.

The definition of a computer is a machine that can be programmed to complete tasks and process information. There are many computers, including personal computers (desktops and laptops), workstations, mainframe computers, and supercomputers. Smartphones and tablets are also considered to be types of computers.

Did you know that the first digital computer built in the United States was the ENIC-Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer? It was built in 1945! It may surprise you that the digital age actually began following WWII. However, it wasn’t till the mid-1970’s that the first personal computer was built and sold exclusively for home users by Apple, called the Apple II.

An Old apple (mac) computer on display in the museum

This ushered in today’s widespread popularity of the personal computer, specifically designed for personal use at home. At about this time, businesses started to use workstations for business communication. Large scale mainframe computers were introduced to handle extensive data processing and other mathematical and statistical calculations. 

Today, computers are designed with four basic components: CPU, motherboard, memory (RAM), and storage. The CPU is the central processing unit that transfers instructions from a computer program. The motherboard is what connects and enables all the parts of a computer to operate together. RAM is the random-access memory that allows temporary data to be read and written at the same time. Storage, also known as the hard drive, is where all the long term data is kept. 

The computer monitor is used to display video received. The computer keyboard is where numerical, alphabetical, and special characters are input to a computer. The mouse moves a pointer icon on the monitor and has buttons to execute functions on the computer. Other devices, known as peripheral devices, can be added to a computer, such as a printer, web camera, headphone speakers, microphone, and an image scanner.

central processing unit and other computer parts on the wooden table. building personal gaming and video production pc concept

Many companies are beginning to use cloud solutions for their data storage. This means that instead of owning their own computer networks or data centers, companies can rent access to their data, which is stored virtually by a digital cloud provider. One significant advantage of cloud computing is that businesses can avoid the initial expense and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT network system. Instead, they simply pay for data they use as they need it. 

There are various ways cloud solutions might benefit your business. Many businesses find that a significant benefit of keeping data on the cloud is that storage and processing power computing services provided over the internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis are more cost-effective than maintaining a physical network infrastructure.

Malware is a type of cyber-attack software that insidiously causes damage to a computer or network. Businesses need to have cybersecurity protection, which prevents malware, ransomware, and other viruses from infiltrating your computer network. It’s advisable to utilize top-performing anti-virus software and vigilantly monitor your work stations around the clock.

In our modern world, we rely on E-mail communications as a vital aspect of a business. There are numerous external e-mail threats, such as CEO fraud or phishing. One of the most harmful cyber-crimes is Ransomware. With Ransomware, the company is literally prevented from functioning until a ransom is paid to the attackers. Workers should be offered opportunities to take cybersecurity training where they will learn to detect fraudulent e-mails.

A computer popup box screen warning of a system being hacked, compromised software enviroment. 3D illustration.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is transmitted over the Internet rather than a basic analog telephone line. Many VoIP services provide a large variety of features, including call forwarding, automatic attendant, call waiting, voice mail, and call conferencing.

Now that you know the basics, do you want to try taking a brief 8 question quiz to see how much of a Tech Rock Star you are? This is a fun way to check your tech-savvy status. In our modern era, we are continuously bombarded with information coming at us from all directions. It’s often hard to process all this data and make sense of it. 

Try answering the 8 question quiz below, and see if you qualify as a tech rock-star!

  1. What technology allows telephone calls to be made using the internet?

a. Bluetooth

b. Ethernet

c. NFC

d. VoIP

2. What kind of malware requires payment to have access to the stolen data?

a. Zero-day exploit

b. Virus

c. Ransomware

d. Trojan horse

3. Which emoticon was the first to be used?

a. 😀

b. 🙂

c. 🙁

d. 😛

4. What is one of the main benefits of using the cloud to store data?

a. Keeps cloud storage organized

b. Scales with business as it grows

c. Access files 24/7

d. Lease bandwidth space instead of maintaining it yourself

e. All of the above

5. What tool reduces the size of a digital image?

a. Filter

b. Brush

c. Rotate

d. Crop

6. What type of file format produces a compressed digital archive?

a. PDF

b. JPEG

c. ZIP

d. MP3

7. Which of the following terms is a vital step towards a paperless approach?

a. Doxing

b. Digitizing

c. Debugging

d. Downloading

8. Which term is closely related to Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

a. Virtual reality

b. Machine learning

c. Cryptocurrency

d. Micro-services

How did you do? If you’re thinking about upgrading your business IT network, contact us for a free network assessment. As an MSP with over 20 years of experience in the tech space, Kustura has developed proven expertise in everything IT.  Our techs are trusted experts in managing computer networks, offering cloud-based solutions, providing state of the art VOIP phone systems, and various other IT and software services. To learn more about how Kustura Technologies can help your company achieve IT excellence, please visit our website.

Answers: 1- D, 2-C, 3-B&C, 4-E, 5-D, 6-C,7-B, 8-B

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