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28 General Computing quizzes and 282 General Computing trivia questions.
  Amazon, Microsoft or a Cloud?    
Classification Quiz
 12 Qns
Cloud computing can somewhat simplistically be taken to mean undertaking computation on some other organisation's infrastructure. Such organisations include Microsoft (Azure) and Amazon (AWS). Can you distinguish their products from things in the sky?
Average, 12 Qns, jonnowales, Jan 04 24
jonnowales gold member
Jan 04 24
214 plays
  Computer Terms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions to quiz your computer knowledge.
Average, 10 Qns, LMN, Jul 16 17
Jul 16 17
22124 plays
  'Back' to the Basics   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All you young whippersnappers with your tablets and smart phones! Some of us prefer to do things the old fashioned way: on a computer. In case you've forgotten, here is how we bought our computers in the old days...
Easier, 10 Qns, PDAZ, May 15 12
PDAZ gold member
4215 plays
  Computer Building for Dummies   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You can of course buy any standard computer package, but to fulfil special tasks you might have to ask an assembler of non-standardized components. Let's see what you know of these.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Sep 05 22
Very Easy
JanIQ gold member
Sep 05 22
2217 plays
  Basic Computer Security    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is designed to test your understanding of basic computer security aspects as well as a little history.
Average, 10 Qns, Codelock, Oct 06 17
Oct 06 17
6334 plays
  The Ultimate Computer Acronyms Quiz    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
You will need to match the computer acronym to the function, accessory or program that it relates to.
Easier, 10 Qns, lout62001, Jan 12 18
lout62001 gold member
Jan 12 18
623 plays
  15 Questions on Computer Acronyms    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
It is a quiz on Computer Acronyms. Good Luck!
Difficult, 15 Qns, nyte, Apr 01 23
Apr 01 23
11112 plays
  Computer Trivia    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Computers are a widely used device that are found in many homes and businesses. This quiz will test your knowledge of computer technology.
Average, 10 Qns, Computer100, Apr 21 13
1595 plays
  Not So Familiar Computing Terms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You know all about CPU's and motherboards and inkjet nozzles and modems (you do, don't you?). This quiz has to do with more obscure terminolgy applied to computing hardware and software. I encountered all of these in the 3/2/04 issue of PC Magazine.
Average, 10 Qns, fritzer, Feb 16 21
Feb 16 21
7905 plays
  Deus Ex Machina!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz contains questions involving the principles of computer science. Tidbits from a variety of topics within the discipline are included. The literal translation of "Deus Ex Machina," is "god from the machine," hence the title.
Easier, 10 Qns, christopherm, May 11 21
christopherm gold member
May 11 21
813 plays
trivia question Quick Question
In February 2001, which tennis star was the supposed subject of an e-mail attachment which actually carried a virus?

From Quiz "Click Here to Get a Computer Virus"

  Computers Don't Byte!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten mixed questions on various aspects of computing, from its early history to more modern usage in the world today.
Average, 10 Qns, Jennifer5, Jun 27 23
Jennifer5 gold member
Jun 27 23
514 plays
  The New Virus Threat   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One hundred years ago it was smallpox. Recently it was AIDS. In the age of technology there's a new virus that threatens our way of life. This quiz looks at computer virus history and some famous viruses that have plagued and panicked the computer world.
Tough, 10 Qns, Bertho, Aug 27 04
3452 plays
  Authentication and Password Guidelines    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In 2016 the US National Institute of Standards and Technology updated the Digital Identity Guidelines. Though written for public sector, many private sites use the guidelines. As an end user, do you know what the standards recommend to protect you?
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, Mar 16 21
mlcmlc gold member
Mar 16 21
470 plays
  Origin Of Malware Terms    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match each given word origin or definition to the correct term.
Easier, 10 Qns, AlexT781, Jun 08 17
600 plays
  Are You A Computer Geek?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You are staring at your computer at this very moment. But how much do really know about it? Take our quiz and try to earn your computer-geek stripes.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Richgurl26, May 08 09
6360 plays
  Managing Passwords    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will detail various threats to online and device password security, and a few ways that you can manage those threats.
Average, 10 Qns, Trivia_Fan54, Feb 16 24
Trivia_Fan54 gold member
Feb 16 24
412 plays
  Regular Expressions 101 editor best quiz    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Regular expressions are the building blocks of text analysis, manipulation and search. This quiz demonstrates usage of a few basic ones. Find the one-to-one correspondence between the text on the right column and the regular expressions on the left one.
Difficult, 10 Qns, gentlegiant17, Aug 21 17
Aug 21 17
475 plays
  Cryptology   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Follow the history of codes from Roman times to the present.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Hegh, Jul 24 09
1843 plays
  Emoticons - Before They Were Graphic    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Emoticons can be used to add expression to a text message. Originally, they were all constructed from characters on the keyboard. I have based this quiz on Western style emoticons.
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, Mar 01 11
mlcmlc gold member
1519 plays
  The Science of Computer Technology    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Nowadays just about everything deals with computer usage. This quiz is based of the fundamentals of general computing. Thinking about going into engineering? Well, this quiz is for you.
Average, 10 Qns, ebanks120, Jan 03 13
ebanks120 gold member
3029 plays
  Computer Potpourri II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
More general computer trivia. I've expanded beyond hardware and software. I have thrown in some companies and a comic strip as well.
Difficult, 10 Qns, foobarguyohio, Apr 28 05
3795 plays
  Click Here to Get a Computer Virus    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Computer viruses have wreaked havoc (or extreme inconvenience) on computer users around the world. Can you recall some of the most well-known viruses? Do you know how to protect yourself against future threats?
Average, 10 Qns, bluestocking, Jan 11 21
Jan 11 21
634 plays
  The Stupid Computer User Super Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Very general, extremely trivial computer questions for all the family....
Difficult, 10 Qns, bobbyc, Nov 30 23
Nov 30 23
6424 plays
  Computer and Internet Acronyms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz has many common acronyms with which you will be familiar due to general usage. But do you know what the acronym actually stands for?
Average, 10 Qns, CCHarpo, Jul 18 19
Jul 18 19
375 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Questions from the A+ Certification Test.(these are some questions I remembered)
Difficult, 10 Qns, CINDYNLACE, May 11 07
4847 plays
  Can I Get An Upgrade?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ever get the feeling the your computer is obsolete the minute you get it home from the store? That feeling has been around for a long time. Computer science has been progressing by leaps and bounds. How well do you you know your computer history?
Tough, 10 Qns, jmarlin, Oct 01 11
jmarlin gold member
595 plays
  Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Computer keyboard shortcuts can be a major timesaver in today's computer world. There are countless shortcuts within the Microsoft platform. This quiz will focus on a few of the keystrokes used within various Microsoft programs.
Tough, 10 Qns, tgamble, May 22 18
May 22 18
399 plays
  General Computer Software    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
General questions on the theoretical side of designing software!
Difficult, 5 Qns, aimezly, May 24 21
May 24 21
6052 plays

General Computing Trivia Questions

1. What has been shown to be the most secure type of password for devices and accounts?

From Quiz
Managing Passwords

Answer: A very long list of random words combined with symbols

The longer and more complicated a password, the less likely it is to be hacked. Security advisors suggest using a very long list of random words strung together. The longer the password, the less likely it will be hacked. Remember that "#&5%@>$" is no more difficult than "pancake" for a computer program to decipher, and most hackers don't try to figure out passwords on their own. Instead, they use software to try to steal passwords.

2. What are the words of the acronym CD-ROM?

From Quiz Computer and Internet Acronyms

Answer: Compact Disc Read Only Memory

CD-ROM is a type of optical disc that originated in 1982 in Japan. A computer can read from, but not write to, a CD-ROM disc. Most CD-ROMs have a maximum capacity in the 650MB to 900MB range.

3. Which British mathematician and inventor, known as the 'Father of the Computer', designed a mechanical computer called the Analytical Engine which was an early forerunner of the computer we know today?

From Quiz Computers Don't Byte!

Answer: Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) had spent some years working on another project which he had called the Difference Engine, a type of mechanical calculator, although this venture never came fully to fruition. Undeterred, he started work on designing what became known as the Analytical Engine, a machine which used punched cards to input data, and became the forerunner of early computers. Unfortunately, due to funding and other problems, he was never able to see the first computers built from his designs, but his early pioneering work in the field led to him being known as the 'Father of the Computer'. John Logie Baird was the inventor of the television, and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Michael Faraday was skilled in many scientific fields, but is best remembered for his work with electromagnetism and electricity.

4. When working in Microsoft Internet Explorer, in 2013, what is the shortcut to open the window to your favorites?

From Quiz Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V

Answer: Ctrl-B

This shortcut will open the window to your favorites where you can organize and delete your favorites. Ctrl-D will add current site to your favorites.

5. An understanding of the binary system is important in the study of computer science, but not absolutely necessary. What is the conversion of the base-2 number, 00000111, into base-10?

From Quiz Deus Ex Machina!

Answer: 7

Base 2 is often referred to as the "binary number system." Computer hardware makes computations based on two states, off and on, or zero and one. Each column in a binary number is a power of 2. The rightmost digit is 1. The next rightmost digit is 2 and the third digit from the right is 4. Adding these numbers together gives us the result, 7.

6. Which general term refers to all kinds of harmful software, including viruses, worms, trojan horses, and spyware?

From Quiz Click Here to Get a Computer Virus

Answer: Malware

Malware is a shortened form of "malicious software."

7. The CPU controls all of a computer's functions. It acts as the brain of the computer. What does CPU stand for?

From Quiz Computer Trivia

Answer: Central Processing Unit

The CPU is a very important component of the computer. It acts as the brain of the computer and processes all of its information. The faster the CPU the faster it can process information. Some computers contain multiple CPU's, making them faster and capable of processing large amounts of information at one time. The speed of a CPU is measured in Hertz (Hz), today typically on a scale of Gigahertz (billions of Hertz). As computers become faster they will need more efficient CPUs that can handle large amounts of information at once.

8. When I upgraded from a typewriter to a computer, the salesman asked me what I planned to do with the computer because he needed to figure out what kind of CPU I needed. CPU? What's that?

From Quiz 'Back' to the Basics

Answer: Central Processing Unit

The central processing unit is the brains of the computer and affects the speed and performance of the computer. They vary greatly in price depending on what you are doing with your computer. Since I wasn't into gaming and didn't need a high performance CPU, I was able to get a reasonably priced CPU to operate my system.

9. This person, considered the father of computers, designed the mechanical Difference Engine in the 1820s to compute values of polynomial equations. Who was he/she?

From Quiz Can I Get An Upgrade?

Answer: Charles Babbage

It was never completed but would have weighed 15 tons. Not exactly a laptop!

10. Which text emoticon could be used to convey a smile?

From Quiz Emoticons - Before They Were Graphic

Answer: : - )

These are written with and without noses, mustaches, and/or sunglasses. The (:-( is very unhappy. The (((H))) is a big hug. The :-(=) is bucktoothed.

11. The 'Caesar Cipher' is also known as what?

From Quiz Cryptology

Answer: Rot3

Caesar used a rotate-by-three cipher to communicate with his military. Each letter in a message is rotated left around the alphabet three places, so that D would become A, P would become M, and A would become X. This method was effective because most people in that age were illiterate, and those who were not had not yet devised cryptanalysis (methods for breaking codes).

12. The first time a computer was used to predict the results of a presidential election was in 1952. Conventional wisdom and the UNIVAC computer disagreed. Whose side did Walter Cronkite take?

From Quiz Are You A Computer Geek?

Answer: Neither: Walter Cronkite just sat on the information

UNIVAC put the odds at 100-to-1 that a landslide of voters had liked Ike for president. Walter Cronkite and other journalists sat on that story because they didn't believe the computer had gotten it right, and instead waited until more returns had come in, giving credence to the computer's prediction. Opinion polls put Adlai Stevenson, a Democrat, in the lead.

13. Which device has a "platen?"

From Quiz Not So Familiar Computing Terms

Answer: scanner

It's an old term from printing presses--the flat plate with which paper is pressed against inked, raised-face type. The term is now used in reference to the flat window on which you place the item you want to scan.

14. What does ICMP stand for?

From Quiz Computer Acronyms

Answer: Internet Control Message Protocol

ICMP Packets are used to send control messages including errors.

15. What two passwords are reported to have been regularly used in the early 2000s?

From Quiz Managing Passwords

Answer: "123456" and "password"

Despite warnings from cyber security experts, many people continue to choose these easy-to-hack passwords. If passwords are hacked, criminals can gain access to banks, social media accounts, business accounts, and steal identities.

16. What are the words of the acronym COBOL?

From Quiz Computer and Internet Acronyms

Answer: COmmon Business Oriented Language

COBOL has been around in various forms since 1959, but was standardized in the late 1960s and became the most commonly used programming language on legacy mainframe computers. Grace Hopper is known as the mother of COBOL.

17. In 1987, Cambridge-based company Acorn Computers launched their first RISC-based home computer, which was named after which ancient Greek mathematician?

From Quiz Computers Don't Byte!

Answer: Archimedes

The BBC Micro, also built by Acorn Computers, was the computer released in 1981 to be used in schools for teaching computing skills in conjunction with the BBC's Computer Literacy Project. The Acorn Archimedes was released in 1987 and was the first home computer as such. In all, five different models of the Archimedes were released in 1987; the top-of-the-range model, the 440, cost an eye-watering recommended retail price of £2,299 on release, an extremely costly purchase, particularly in the 1980s! Subsequent Archimedes models included the popular Archimedes 3000 series which fortunately retailed at a more affordable price. They are no longer made but are still popular as retro computers.

18. When working in the version of Microsoft Excel around in 2013, what shortcut will switch between worksheet tabs?

From Quiz Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V

Answer: Ctrl-PgUp/PgDn

If you have multiple tabs in an Excel worksheet, Ctrl-PgDn will jump to the next tab to the right, which Ctrl-PgUp will switch to the left.

19. With respect to computer science principles, what is the term used for a reasonably detailed sequence of steps designed to solve a problem or perform a task?

From Quiz Deus Ex Machina!

Answer: algorithm

Basically, an algorithm is a detailed method for arriving at a solution for a given problem. There are many algorithms for accomplishing seemingly fundamental tasks, such as sorting numbers. Algorithms are often represented in what is known as pseudocode.

20. When I was buying my computer, the salesman asked me whether I wanted a desktop unit or a tower. To what item was he referring?

From Quiz 'Back' to the Basics

Answer: The computer case

Remember the old days when computers came in boxes that sat underneath the monitor? Towers came next and have remained popular. They can sit on the desk or underneath it. Cube or small-form-factor computer cases are also popular; they're smaller than towers but are roomy enough to hold the necessary components.

21. Who laid out the basic concept of a modern computer as a computing machine that uses algorithms to produce results? His name is attached to a theoretical machine in many thought experiments.

From Quiz Can I Get An Upgrade?

Answer: Alan Turing

Alan Turing played a significant role in designing machines to break the German enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II.

22. Can you select the text emoticon which could be used to relate a frown?

From Quiz Emoticons - Before They Were Graphic

Answer: : - (

The X-( is angry. The >:) is evil. The =O is shocked.

23. An FTP program is application software that deals with what?

From Quiz The Science of Computer Technology

Answer: communications software

FTP, short for File Transfer Protocol, is a feature where a computer user uploads and downloads various files to and from websites. Here's where the communication part comes in. Communication is involved in uploading when a file goes on sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Communication-wise, downloading requires interaction between user and website to get web files (i.e. pictures, videos, and songs) onto a computer.

24. What is special about Rot13?

From Quiz Cryptology

Answer: The same operation both encodes and decodes

Rot13 is a simple way to encode data so that it is not legible unless somebody *wants* to read it, because you only need to write one function. Rotating by thirteen places in the standard 26-letter English alphabet will encode plaintext (un-encrypted text), and decode ciphertext (encrypted text). Whether it is unlucky is just superstition, and as for the other two choices... Somebody could probably break a Rot13 encoded message before you could finish writing it.

25. What does the "E" in MOS-FET stand for?

From Quiz Computer Potpourri II

Answer: Effect

Sometimes seen as MOSFET, this acronym stands for: Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor.

26. 1991 saw the 'Tequila' virus outbreak. It was the first virus that could change its signature (binary pattern) with each new replication in an attempt to escape detection from antivirus software. What's the term for this type of virus?

From Quiz The New Virus Threat

Answer: Polymorphic

Scanning for known viruses was relatively easy, as the scanners looked for certain byte patterns in executable files. Polymorphic viruses encode each replication with a different encryption routine making them near impossible to locate using this method. Antivirus companies had to get smarter and began to use algorithms to find the core viruses.

27. For which of the things you produce with your computer system might you be concerned about "kerning?"

From Quiz Not So Familiar Computing Terms

Answer: text output

The variable spacing used between printed characters, such as how an 'i' tucks correctly next to a 'T', is kerning. Something printed with constant spacing between letters just doesn't look right, especially for high-quality materials like advertisements, or maybe your wedding invitations.

28. What does this crazy computer term mean - dot pitch?

From Quiz The Stupid Computer User Super Quiz

Answer: a measurement that indicates the diagonal distance between like-colored phosphor dots on a display screen

Also called the phosphor pitch and measured in millimeters, the dot pitch is one of the principal characteristics that determines the quality of display monitors. The lower the number, the crisper the image. The dot pitch of color monitors for personal computers ranges from about 0.15 mm to 0.30 mm.

29. What does SSL stand for?

From Quiz Computer Acronyms

Answer: Secure Socket Layer

A protocol developed by Netscape to allow secure connections over the net.

30. What is the largest partition size supported by native DOS running FAT16?

From Quiz Computerized

Answer: 2GB

Due to the mathematical limitations of FAT16, without an overlay file or special driver is 2GB.

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