Test Your PC Skills: Geek Quiz 2011

Dan Scharff

Are you a PC know-it-all or a newb? It's time to find out!

Within the span of a generation, one new technology radically changed society, propelling many folks into the realm of the well-connected and well-educated. It was expensive, especially at first, but economies of scale soon brought this technological advance into the homes of millions instead of just an elite few. That’s right: We’re talking about the book.

The Internet has largely replaced the book as a tool for democratizing access to information, but one thing remains true: knowledge is power. And you’d better have some significant knowledge at your disposal if you hope to fare well on the 11th annual Geek Quiz. We’ve collected 55 questions from the easy to the mind-burning to test your knowledge of technology more advanced than deadtreeware. If you’ve been zoned out, it’s OK, but you’d better hit the books. Go ahead. We’ll wait. The Geek Quiz will still be here, mercilessly taunting you until you give it a go.

The Moment of Truth

IF YOU'RE NOT AS SMART AS YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE, THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR

0-14 CORRECT:
Either you need to invest in Computing for Dummies, or you’re a dog who has found your master’s copy of Maximum PC on the floor. In which case, we greet you. Woof. Woof.

15-30 CORRECT:
Your knowledge of PC tech and history might not be the stuff of legend, but you still know more than 90 percent of your peers. The dumb 90 percent.

31-45 CORRECT:
Truly you are wise in the ways of the Force. We can’t help but feel that if you went outside a little less often, you’d have done better on this quiz.

46-55 CORRECT:
You’ve absorbed everything we’ve been teaching you and more. Heck, you could probably write next year’s Geek Quiz by yourself. Which is good, because we need a vacation.

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