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The Internet TOURBUS - Pop Quiz Answers

Answers to Dr. Bob's Pop Quiz!

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  1. A three letter acronym for the address of a document on the World-Wide Web. (*)
    URL - Uniform Resource Locator - See

  2. The lobbying group that shut down popular music-sharing website Napster. (**)
    RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America - See

  3. These infamous Arizona lawyers wrote the book on Spam in 1994 (**)
    Cantor & Seigel - perpetrated the "Green Card" spam/scam. See

  4. A tool one uses to login to another computer on the Internet. (**)
    Telnet - See

  5. A mailing list manager with a military moniker. (**)
    MajorDomo - See

  6. An escalating sequence of rude or angry newsgroup postings. (*)
    Flame War - See

  7. How many food items are mentioned in the TOURBUS FAQ? (**)
    Four - Spam, cookies, Cheezie Goldfish and oatmeal - See

  8. What does an ASCII artist use for a paintbrush? (**)
    The keyboard. ASCII art is created line-by-line using only the characters on a computer keyboard or typewriter. - See

  9. A meat-eating email snooper. (**)
    The FBI's "Carnivore" software is installed at strategic Internet locations and scans email traffic to find bad guys in cyberspace. - See

  10. He created a "pretty good" piece of encyption software. (***)
    Phil Zimmerman, author of PGP - See

  11. The organization that oversees domain names and their numeric address assignments. (**)
    ICANN - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - See

  12. Thousands of these Q&A documents can be found on Usenet. (*)
    FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions files - See

  13. The company that became infamous (twice) for imposing a "GIF Tax". (***)
    UNISYS - didn't they make computer stuff, like thirty years ago? - See See

  14. A rodent that troubled University of Alabama computers, and was made a legend by ROADMAP author Patrick Crispen. (*)
    Squirrels! - See

  15. A beverage and a technology that can jazz up a web page. (**)
    Java - See

  16. This "Zen Man" and doer-of-good-Net-deeds had a brush with death in 1994. (***)
    Brendan Kehoe - author of "Zen and the Art of the Internet" - See See

  17. A person who has the power to approve or disapprove postings in newsgroups and mailing lists holds this title. (*)

  18. What Emily Post would talk about on Usenet. (*)
    Netiquette - See

  19. This Internet pioneer is author of "elm" and fond of poodles. (***)
    Dave Taylor - See

  20. This set of extensions to the RFC822 mail specification allows users to transmit images and sound via e-mail. (***)
    MIME - Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, invented in 1991 by Nathaniel Borenstein - See

  21. What does the acronym JPEG stand for? (**)
    Joint Photographic Experts Group - sounds rather pompous, eh? - See

  22. What is the highest price ever paid for an Internet domain name? (**)
    $7.5 million (USD) for The domain was auctioned on Ebay and had bids up to $10 million, but they all turned out to be pranks. The domain was never sold.

  23. Yang and Filo skipped school for this venture. (***)
    Jerry Yang and David Filo dropped plans to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, in favor of spending time developing YAHOO!

  24. The first hacker to appear on an FBI "Most Wanted" poster. (**)
    Kevin Mitnick - See

  25. What does the acronym HTTP stand for? (**)
    HTTP = hypertext transfer protocol - See

  26. The Web turned this furry little guy into info-highway roadkill. (**)
    Gopher - once a popular tool for accessing internet information. - See

  27. Which Internet search engine uses pigeons to process search queries? (**)
    Google - See

  28. Duplicate bovines, and a place to download Internet software. (**)
    TUCOWS - See

  29. A series of messages on the same topic, in an online discussion. (*)

  30. From what two words is "modem" derived? (**)
    Modem = MOdulate DEModulate - See

  31. Where does Ima Lyer live, and what is her favorite snack? (***)
    On a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Cheezie Goldfish - See

  32. This repository of U.S. goverment information bears the name of the 3rd U.S. President. (**)
    Thomas - See

  33. He invented the World-Wide Web to facilitate the sharing of information amongst physicists. (***)
    Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1989, and wrote the first web browser and server in 1990. - See

  34. Hardware and/or software designed to keep network snoopers out. (**)

  35. Annoying chat room automatons. (***)
    Bots - can be programmed to take context-sensitive actions in chat rooms, and some actually useful. - See

  36. A tool that sends your keywords to several search engines and combines the results. (**)
    A metasearcher - See

  37. Their quest is to bring public domain classics online for posterity. (**)
    The Gutenberg Project - See

  38. Often called the father of the Internet, he helped to develop TCP/IP and other network foundations. (***)
    Vint Cerf - See

  39. Originally Netscape's reptilian mascot, now an open-source browser project. (**)
    Mozilla - See

  40. The number of people killed by the Klingerman Virus in 2000. (*)
    Zero - it's another silly hoax. - See

  41. Which of the following acronyms refers to a human-edited directory of the Web maintained by a global community of volunteer editors -- ICAN, DMOZ, YHOO or IDIR? (**)
    DMOZ - Also known as the Open Directory. See

  42. All Your Base Are Belong to what? (**)
    "Us". The flash movie "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" combined images and snippets of text from the Zero Wing video game and created a fake conspiracy to take over the world. See

  43. According to the latest demographic survey, what percentage of TOURBUS riders are aged 55 and over? (*)
    46.6 - See

  44. If you have a file on your PC named JDBGMGR.EXE, and its icon is a teddy bear, is it a virus? (**)
    No. A widely circulated hoax claimed that JDBGMGR.EXE was a virus and encouraged people to delete this file, which is actually a Windows system file. At some point, an Evil Hacker began distributing a virus in an email attachment named JDBGMGR.EXE, but this file did not have a teddy bear icon, like the real one does.

  45. What web search tool was created by a twelve year old Himalayan mountain goat named Daphne? (***)
    ixQuick - See the press release here

  46. What is on the license plate of Gail Katagiri's Toyota 4Runner? (**)
    URL GURL - See the Internet License Plate Gallery here:

  47. Can you really donate food to hungry people just by clicking on a little yellow button? (*)
    Yes. We've mentioned The Hunger Site in TOURBUS several times. See

  48. What European country was mentioned on the Yahoo home page on October 22, 1996? (***)
    France. The WayBack Machine has archived copies of websites dating back to the mid 1990's. See*/

  49. In 1995, how did the Vicarious Netizen access the Internet? (**)
    By email. Ten years ago, many internet service providers (especially outside the USA) offered email access only. But a variety of specialized servers made it possible to send an email message to perform a web search, request a Web page or retrieve a file from an FTP site. Bob Rankin's "Accessing the Internet by E-Mail" documented all these servers and techniques, and was translated into over 30 languages. See

Figure Your Net-Q

For each correctly answered question, total up the number of stars and then multiply by 2 to calculate your Net-Q. (Maximum score: 200)

    Score    Rating
   -------  ------------------
   181-200  CyberGuru
   161-180  Net.Geek
   141-160  Seasoned Surfer
   121-140  Just Cruisin'
   101-120  Newbie
   000-100  Get a Modem, Dude!

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