Maximum PC's Geek Quiz 2013

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Slowman

There seems to be a bug in the test. I took it on a Ipad2 and got a big fat zero. The next day I took it on my desktop and got a 31.

I think Gordan's Apple rant is going a bit to far.

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fygquas

Where can I see the correct answers?

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biggiebob12345

24 but 3 of the questions I accidentally clicked through because I thought the "submit" was lagged and double tapped it.

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vrmlbasic

Whaddya mean the Windows startup sound wasn't made by Pantera? lol

BTW, does this give a "see what you got wrong" option?

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Baer

I would do excellent at pre 95 questions also but when I took this one I felt I knew most of the answers but my score cam up as 0 correct???? Not possible. I know I got a few wrong but many of the answers I did know.
(opps, I just realized the timer, I got a call when I started, will try again).

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pastorbob

29 out of 45.

Every time you guys give these quizzes I am reminded of how much I don't know and still have to learn about technology even after 40 years of working in the field.

How about some pre-1995 technology questions? Oh wait! That would eliminate 90% of your readers wouldn't it?

:-)

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Taffer

Pop culture questions? (actor's names)
Quote questions?
Marketing questions?

Not sure if those really belong in a geek quiz, but thank for putting it together. It was fun.

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pastorbob

I'd have to agree with ya Taffer.

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Blackheart-1220

i quit half way. sorry.

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deject

35/45

I am just right on the top of the Half-Wizard category. :(

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jimmthang

That's pretty dang good!

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Severian

25/45. Not as good as I had hoped. I've done better in previous years. I always look forward to the Geek Quiz each year, thanks guys.

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Refuge88

I got the same score. Although that seems pretty par for the course for me.

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Glycerin

23

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Erris

16 here. Boo me. :)

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automaticman

27/45,

I had to take it twice because I didn't see the timer the first time and walked away to get food. I ended up missing a whole section of questions in the middle of the quiz.

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avenger48

25/45. Not great, but I haven't been in the loop fully for a year or two since I went to college and actually started having a life, lol.

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B.A.Frayd

0 out of 45

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jgottberg

I got the same score but I know out of blind luck, I would have had to have gotten at least one correct. I demand a recount.

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KoiMaxx

I'd think there were only two ways you could manage that score: either you just let the timer run out OR, more impressively... you actually knew ALL the answers so you could intentionally NOT choose them.

Well, there could be a third, which is you just didn't luck out. :-/

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iguana15

Been a reader since the "poof" days. I always look forward to the Dream Machine and Geek Quiz issues. I take the quiz with me to work (a semi-conductor manufacturing fab) and it sometimes stumps some of the engineers. LOL.

Please remove the time limit on the questions though, it's a distraction.

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praetor_alpha

29/45. about half of the questions were about freakin gadgets!

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rafeed

20/45...Not bad considering i'm 12.

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legendaryone66

23/45

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KoiMaxx

Got 20... had expected as much, admittedly I am no longer up to date as priorities have shifted significantly for some time now.

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hk1777

22, Not bad i guess Considering im 16 and the average Teenager wouldn't know any of them.

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gamingwithnetbooks

Ain't that the truth... I'm the same age and got a 23, I must've gotten lucky on the SSD questions.

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wumpus

"The technology whereby an SSD reserves a portion of its capacity for file swapping is known as: "

This is meaningless. The SSD hasn't a clue what a file is, it just stores sectors. The OS has to care what a file is. Presumably they are talking about the fact that it is inefficient (and effectively impossible) just to write over every deleted file (although the TRIM command lets it find out which files are deleted, without it things get worse) since SSDs write noticably bigger areas than traditional harddrives (and trying to make them write that wears them out and is slow). Google doesn't seem to even know.

Wiki (and other sources) claim that the NCQ answer for SSD varies depending on the SSD (last I heard NCQ only went to 16. How a SSD needs more is beyond me.)

Might as well guess some of them. Are the marketing questions "what is an ultrabook?" the only ones with accuarte answers on a "geek quiz"? I am unimpressed.

I would assume at that age you would have trouble knowing the difference between a 80386DX (32 bit x86, 32 it external bus) and a 80386sx (32 bit x86, 16 bit external bus) (sure the other chips were before your time as well, but the 80386 was in the 1980s). I'll admit the bit about "hobbyists stealing software" was a bit before my time (1970s, when you needed to solder your PC together yourself), but how often do you hear that one now?

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automaticman

"The technology whereby an SSD reserves a portion of its capacity for file swapping is known as: "

Over-provisioning describes the fact that most SSDs reserve about 10-15% of their storage area for the controller that is inaccessable to the host. It gets mentioned regularly in SSD reviews. Here's a short and sweet definition I found:

"SSD overprovisioning can increase the endurance of a solid state drive by distributing the total number of writes and erases across a larger population of NAND blocks and pages over time. It can also improve performance by giving the flash controller additional buffer space for managing program/erase (P/E) cycles (ie garbage collection) and improving the probability that a write operation will have immediate access to a pre-erased block."

and a good article with a lot more detail:

http://www.edn.com/design/systems-design/4404566/1/Understanding-SSD-over-provisioning

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borkbork

"I'll admit the bit about "hobbyists stealing software" was a bit before my time (1970s, when you needed to solder your PC together yourself), but how often do you hear that one now?"

Ah, I only knew that one because you'll occasionally see it used as the basis for battlecries in the open source community. Not everyone remembers/acknowledges the context it was originally written in, so it gets recycled to represent a handful of different issues that are more relevant today.

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borkbork

Ha, that really was hard. Got 19 here.. were plenty I felt I should've known, but didn't. Some of those were downright obscure. Others I had no idea and was really curious what the answer was..

Glad I'm not alone in my low score =P

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Emeraldflame

25 Not great, but not bad either, it was honestly a pretty tough test.

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Renegade Knight

A whopping 17.

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Renegade Knight

I took it again and just answered C and got 15. It puts that 17 into perspective.

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bautrey

That was one mean quiz. I got 20/45. I'm a computer engineer and I feel ashamed I didn't know some of them...
I misclicked a couple of them and would have got one if the timer didn't go out. The timer adds a lot of stress.

The questions about older hardware I wasn't able to get, because I wasn't around in PC technology then. The ones about quotes, star trek, and actors, I probably didn't get either.

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wolfing

21/45, I rock

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Damnlogin

I only got 34 :/

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jimmthang

34 is actually quite good!

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ApathyCurve

After 20 question, I just stopped caring and started tapping the submit button. 45 questions? Seriously? What is this, the frickin' SAT?

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jason2393

You might want to mention that the questions are timed, so the answers have to be mostly instinct.

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jimmthang

Sounds good. Added it to the edit.

Thanks,
Jimmy 

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