Who amongst us has not been touched by personal computers!
For the baby boomer generation, no other product has had so powerful an impact on their lives.
Not even the contraceptive pill that liberated millions of women and men from the burdensome drudgery of parenthood. 😉
From birth to death, the PC now permeates every aspect of our lives.
Mac, Windows, or Linux, the flavor of the PC doesn’t matter.
If you’re like me, you never ever switch off the PC.
For Indians, the PC has been a boon elevating millions into the middle class thanks to the outsoucing boom.
Test Your PC Knowledge
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Question 1 of 20
Who made this insanely stupid prediction when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1998 – “What I can’t figure out is why he (Steve Jobs) is even trying (to be the CEO of Apple)? He knows he can’t win.”Correct
Such brilliance as yours must be canonized and eulogizedIncorrect
Between you and my keyboard, my keyboard is way smarter!
Question 2 of 20
Who first conceived the idea of modern personal computers?Correct
Wow! You must be a Complan Boy! Vannevar Bush talked up the idea of PCs in an essay in the July 1945 issue of Atlantic.Incorrect
Were you born stupid or did you have stupidity thrust on you?
Question 3 of 20
Which prize idiot made this infamous remark about PCs in 1977 – “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”Correct
Your head must be all brains and no hair.Incorrect
Your head must be all hair and no brains. Ken Olsen of DEC was the idiot who made the stupid statement.
Question 4 of 20
Who pioneered the mouse, the device that has revolutionized use of PCs?Correct
You must be a Genius!Incorrect
You sir are a geniASS.
Question 5 of 20
Which one of these computers is not related to Personal Computing?Correct
Whatever you eat and drink, the rest of the world must do the same!Incorrect
Does your head make a hollow sound when you shake it?
Question 6 of 20
Who predicted the arrival of hyperlinks, file sharing and Wikipedia decades before they actually arrived?Correct
Are you related to Einstein?Incorrect
Is Schmuck your last name?
Question 7 of 20
Which of these Operating Systems was NOT developed for PCs?Correct
You brain must be preserved for posterity.Incorrect
What a brainless wonder you’ve turned into!
Question 8 of 20
Which of the following Linux distributions is usually NOT deployed on PCs?Correct
You must be a Linux Guru!Incorrect
Are you sober?
Question 9 of 20
“…… is the first thing that deserves to be called a personal computer,” said Bill Gates.Correct
You add depth to the word DUMB.
Question 10 of 20
“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas,” who said that?Correct
You’re my idol!Incorrect
Were you lobotomized?
Question 11 of 20
“Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” is popularly referred to as:Correct
Question 12 of 20
Which of these famous quotes has to do with Personal Computers?Correct
You’re the acme of the Homo Sapiens species!Incorrect
Neanderthal, you’re obviously not a member of the Homo Sapiens.
Question 13 of 20
What is Sketchpad?Correct
Sweetie, you truly are omniscient!Incorrect
Good Lord, my cat has more brains than you.
Question 14 of 20
Who among the following is least associated with personal computers?Correct
I bow before your superior intellect!Incorrect
You make Abhishek Bachchan seem like a genius!
Question 15 of 20
What is Smalltalk?Correct
When I grow up, I want to be like you!Incorrect
I bet the tail is not a vestigeal organ in your case!
Question 16 of 20
Who made this asinine prediction about PCs – “No one will need more than 637kB of memory for a personal computer. 640kB ought to be enough for anybody.”Correct
Clone yourself for the betterment of humanity!Incorrect
In Hindi, they’d call your kind Ullu ka Patta
Question 17 of 20
Which of these people is most connected to Graphical User Interfaces that unleashed the PC revolution?Correct
You must be an avatar of Saraswathi!Incorrect
Are you still walking on all fours?
Question 18 of 20
Which famous PC titan was at the receiving end of this insult – “You don’t deserve shit. You haven’t produced anything.”Correct
Sweetie, what’s your Mensa score?Incorrect
You belong in a circus as the “headless Wonder.”
Question 19 of 20
Which was the first great PC application software?Correct
You’re a rara avis.Incorrect
Dumb shit! Yes, I’m referring to you.
Question 20 of 20
Which is the most popular Linux distribution for consumers?Correct
Your IQ must be > 200, right?Incorrect
Your IQ must be < 65, right?
Congratulations on completing the Test Your PC Knowledge quiz.
If you scored less than 10, it’s time to rewire your brain.
Just kidding! 😉
Truth be told, even I did not know the answer to many of the questions until recently.