Saturday, December 15, 2007


After nearly a year of self imposed exile from the quizzing world,I am back with another set of questions. The book Google Story by Steve Vise is the inspiration for a couple of questions here.Once again this is an IT quiz,but meant for anybody following the news closely in recent weeks.You can send in your answers ,views ,suggestions and brickbats within the next 7 days to to continue posting on my long dormant quiz blog.

The source for most of my questions is taken from the subject of this quiz,so copy pasting the questions in the Google search bar will instantly lead you to the answers,but my humble request to readers of this blog "Dont Be Evil"

1. Insomnia.Risk factors ,diagnosis and treatment by Rachel Manber.This is world wide web’s first snapshot of ___. Fill in the blank with a four letter word .

Ans Knol.(Google's take on Wikipedia)

2, This IIT Kanpur alumnus and author of several books on Algorithms and Discrete mathematics published a paper on “Bringing order to the Web” along with Terry Winograd and 2 other students of his at Stanford university. Identify the person.This paper contained something which changed the world wide web.

Ans Rajeev Motwani.

The paper I was talking about is the one on Page Rank Algorithm (The powerful force behind Google's search results at lightning speed).The students of course were Larry Page and Sergey Brin

3. ________was founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale to create a revolutionary new form of shared experience, where individuals jointly inhabit a 3D landscape and build the world around them. Today this experience, known as _____, has a rapidly growing population of Residents from over 200 countries around the globe, who are creating and inhabiting a virtual world of their own design. Fill up the two blanks.(0.5 marks each)

Ans. Linden Labs and Secondlife

4.Identify the product being described.

Ans Amazon's Kindle, the e-book rerader

5. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.
The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg, Virgin Atlantic Chairman and Founder Richard Branson, and The Weinstein Company Co-Founder Harvey Weinstein. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, and WallPaper

What is presented by this academy every year ?

Ans Webby (The web oscars)

6 This company founded in 1996 by Eric Brewer a UC Berkley professor ,and Paul Gauthier.Its name was derived from Lakota Indian legend about a spider known to defeat its larger adversaries through its wit and cunning. This erstwhile search engine was acquired by Yahoo in 2002.Idebtify the company?

Ans. Inktomi

7.This Bangalore based start up was founded with a singular vision - establish the first "Made by India" product brand that is globally recognized and appreciated. The company recently announced its foray into an online version of a Microsoft Office like product suite or Google Docs called Live Documents. Just give me the name of the company

Ans. Instacoll founded by Sabeer Bhatia

8.Allwyn Agnel is founder and CEO of this immensely popular discussion board and website for aspirants and students of a particularly popular discipline of study in India and abroad.It was founded in 2002 and as of today it has 162563 registered members with numbers growing daily.Which website am I talking about ?

Ans. (MBA aspirant's haven)

9. What unconventional word defined as an expression of joy by online gamers was crowned word oft the year 2007 by Merriam-Webster dictionary ?

Ans w00t

10.Which website has been ranked number one website of 2007 by TIME magazine ?


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