Assess Your Knowledge of the IT Alphabet Soup

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One of the most daunting things about tech-speak for information technology outsiders is the excess of acronyms in the IT vernacular. There are so many of them that sometimes it seems that they constitute a language of their own. So, how fluent are you? This week, EXTRA offers an assessment of your familiarity with the IT alphabet soup. Answers are at the end. (No peeking!)

1. NAS stands for:



  1. Network-attached storage
  2. Native area server
  3. Non-accessible segment


2. SID stands for:



  1. Signal-initiated driver
  2. Security identifier
  3. Single instruction default


3. DES stands for:



  1. Data encryption standard
  2. Distributed electronic spam
  3. Digitally encoded storage


4. TDM stands for:



  1. Text data management
  2. Tiered distribution model
  3. Time-division multiplex


5. BCP stands for:



  1. Backup control process
  2. Business continuity plan
  3. Broadband channel provider


6. CIR stands for:



  1. Circuit integrity requirement
  2. Calibrated instant response
  3. Committed information rate


7. WAP stands for:



  1. Wireless application protocol
  2. Web-accessible program
  3. Workstation access password


8. FEC stands for:



  1. Federal Electronic Commission
  2. Forward error correction
  3. File exchange compression


If you got six or more right, congratulations: You are quite articulate in tech-ese. If you got between three and five correct, don’t feel too bad (but don’t feel too good, either). Two or less right answers means you should probably get down to and study up on the lingua-geeka.


(Correct answers: 1-A, 2-B, 3-A, 4-C, 5-B, 6-C, 7-A, 8-B.)

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