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WINNER: Ebeneezer Scrooge IT test

The heck with shopping -- win a prize for yourself. This week, we have a special gift for a lucky reader… a version of Cisco's IP Routing simulator. The first 100 readers to e-mail us will have their name entered in our random drawing. (Contest the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003)

Contest winner: Congratulations to Cathy Kozak, network analyst at San Jose's College of Science. Cathy won a version of Cisco's IP Routing simulator. We'd like to thank all our readers who participated in this holiday quiz. Our mailboxes overflowed with entries and we're very pleased so many of you wrote to let us know how much you enjoyed this quiz. Happy Holidays from the Editorial Team.


1. If Saint Nick ate all of these that kids leave out for him, he might need extra RP (reindeer power) to get that sleigh airborne! On the Internet, it's information for future use that is stored by the server on the client side of a client/server communication.
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2. When you order your holiday drink "on the rocks," you're asking for this to be put in your glass. In Web page design, this term describes an html page in which the primary content has a fixed width in pixels and assumes a left margin alignment.
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3. In a North Pole context, this is either Santa's helper or hit movie starring Will Ferrell. In a communications context, it's a type of electromagnetic field having a frequency much lower than the frequencies of signals typically used.
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4. Ebeneezer Scrooge counts it and Bob Crachit could use it. In an Internet context, it's a storage area where automatically requested files are contained so they don't have to be downloaded each time.
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5. Does Martha Stewart decorate her house with this kind of branch for the holidays? On the Internet, this word is used to describe a Web site that is updated on a daily or other frequent basis.
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6. We usually remember this part of the carol, although we might end up humming the rest of the song! In audio production, this is one of the two standard audio effects defined by the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI).
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7. If you overdo it shopping, your spouse may take scissors and cut up this kind of card. In physics, whether negative or positive, it's a characteristic of a unit of matter that expresses the extent to which it has more or fewer electrons than protons.
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8. If all the stars at the top of all the decorated trees in your neighborhood could communicate with each other, what would you have? (Hint: this is also the term for a local area network in which all nodes are directly connected to a common central computer.)
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9. Migratory birds -- and disenchanted humans -- often fly south this time of year to avoid this kind of weather. In a computer context, it's a system for archiving data to an optical disk in a compressed but easily retrievable format.
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10. Rumor has it that Santa puts these under the tree on Christmas Eve. In the workplace, it's a kind of technology that allows employees to see who is online and available.
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