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January 7, 2003 12:39:24 PM

Hey, in my computer programming class (q basic, yeah i know, it sucks) we have to design our own program. I am making a quiz-type progarm on computer hardware I have ideas of my own, but I thought who better to ask then the THGC. So any questions (and answers) you can come up with on anything...cpu's, ram, hdd's, optical drives ect. If you can try to make at least one question that the average computer ignorent person could answer, others can be as hard as you want. Oh, and if you know any q basic you can throw in questions about that. Anything off the top of you're head would be fine.

BTW Its multiple choice, but if you cant come up with wrong answers, I'm sure i can come up with some.

Thanks in advance.



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January 7, 2003 1:05:23 PM

A programming class teaching QBasic? How bizzarre... I would have thought they'd use Turbo Pascal or C or something.... OK, questions... Hmmm....?

-1-
How many Bytes in a Megabyte (MB)?
a)1,000,000
b)1,000,024
c)1,048,576
d)1,024,000

-2-
Which QBasic statement is most evil? :smile:
a)PRINT
b)GOTO
c)LOCATE
d)RANDOMIZE

-3-
What does ALU stand for?
a)Asymmetrical Localizing Unit
b)Arithmetic Logic Unit
c)Because his legs are in the way
d)Awfully Long-winded Unionist

-4-
How many pins on a standard DDR RAM Dimm?
a)184
b)256
c)168
d)64

How good are these questions?
a)Laughably terrible!
b)Totally Ludicrous!
c)As good as to be expected, from such an idiot!
d)As good as a P4 with 32Mb of PC66 RAM.



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January 7, 2003 1:28:05 PM

i had a Visual Basic Programming class in my H.S... pretty simple stuff, we had to design programs as well, i designed a pretty cool trivia game.. I'll get the file out somewhere, (on a cd somewhere), when i get the file i'll let you know and you can check it out

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January 7, 2003 3:46:42 PM

Hmmmmm...........

Answeres are in bold...

1)
Which Platform(s) can a Pentium III Processor be used in?
a) Socket 462 / Slot A / Socket 8
<b>b) Socket 370 / Socket mPGA 370 / Slot 1</b>
c) Socket 5 / Socket 7 / Socket 3
d) Slot 1 / Slot A / Socket A

2)
In order for IDE to be ATA-66/ATA-100 Capable, what kind of cable is needed?
a) 40-pin, 40 Wire Cable
b) 52-pin, 52 Wire Cable
c) 60-pin, 120 Wire Cable
<b>d) 40-pin, 80 Wire Cable</b>

3)
If a computer is constantly rebooting itself, what is most commonly the problem?
a) Defective/Bad Memory
b) Bad Sectors on Hard Drive
c) Processor Overheating
<b>d) Insufficient Power-Supply Unit</b>

4)
What does the company name 'AMD' stand for?
a) Always Making Dough
b) Alternating Micron Deficiencies
<b>c) Advanced Micro Devices</b>
d) A Mad Device

5)
How many pins does Ethernet use in the RJ-45 Connection?
a) 3
<b>b) 4</b>
c) 6
d) 2

6)
What does SSE stand for in Intel's SSE Technology?
<b>a) Streaming Simmd Extensions</b>
b) Sophisticated Software Enhancer
c) Some Stupid Enhancer
d) Simplistic Software Extensions

7)
How many pin holes are in a Socket A ZIFF Socket?
a) 603
<b>b) 462</b>
c) 370
d) 281

8)
What was the L2 cache setup on the Original 500Mhz AMD Athlon Classic Processor?
a) 256Kb On-Die Full Speed
b) 512Kb On-Die Half Speed
<b>c) 512Kb Off-Die Half Speed</b>
d) 256Kb Off-Die Full Speed

9)
Which does <i>NOT</i> belong to a Intel Pentium 4 Platform?
a) DDR SDRAM
b) SDRAM
<b>c) EDO/Fast-Page Ram</b>
d) Rambuss

10)
How is final clock speed (MHz) achieved?
a) System Multiplier X AGP Bus Speed
b) System Multiplier X PCI Bus Speed
<b>c) Front Side Bus X System Multiplier</b>
d) AGP Bus X PCI Bus + System Multiplier

11)
What Video Card is Best Suited for 3D Games?
<b>a) ATI Radeon 9700 Pro</b>
b) nVidia GeForce 256 DDR
c) ATI 3D Charger
d) 3DFX VooDoo 5

12)
What platform does the AMD K6-3+ Processor Belong to?
a) Socket 3
b) Slot 1
c) Slot A
<b>d) Socket 7</b>

13)
What platform can the VIA/Cyrix III Processor Be used in out of the following?
a) Slot A
b) Socket A
<b>c) Slot 1</b>
d) Socket 7

14)
What motherboard manufacturer is the most popular out of the following?
a) Abit
<b>Asus</b>
c) IWill
d) AOpen

15)
What is the BEST ram solution for the Intel Pentium 4 Processor?
a) DDR SDRAM
b) SDRAM
c) EDO/Fast Page Ram
<b>d) Rambuss</b>

16) <b>True</b> or False
The AMD Athlon XP Processor of all variants have built-in Thermal Sensors.

17) True or <b>False</b>
The Intel Celeron of all variants never came with 256Kb of L2 Cache.

18) True or <b>False</b>
The Intel Celeron was originaly released on the Socket 7 Platform.

19) <b>True</b> or False
The AMD Duron Family of Processors are currently superior to the Intel Celeron Family of Processors.

20) True or <b>False</b>
On an Overclocking basis, The VIA/Cyrix III Processor is the 'King of The Hill'.


I Can make more if u want......

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January 7, 2003 5:02:07 PM

Nicely Done Metal Rocker!

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January 7, 2003 5:16:07 PM

Quote:
A programming class teaching QBasic? How bizzarre... I would have thought they'd use Turbo Pascal or C or something....

Bizarre? I think it makes perfect sense. BASIC may not be the best of languages to use professionally, but from a beginner's standpoint, it happens to be a darn easy language to learn and thus later use as a basis for understanding more complex languages.

C is a lot more complicated to learn (though also more powerful) making it a good class once you understand the basic concepts program flow. Learning about pointers and memory allocation might be a little tough to grasp for some students that early, but that kind of information does come in handy.

C++ is, hell, mostly just object-oriented C. So that makes a great class after you learn C. After all, at some point you have to teach good programming methodology. Although at this point it would also be the perfect time to learn a little Assembly so that you can understand how the CPU operates better and thus learn to optimize at least a little bit.

Then maybe after good Object-Oriented programming has been established, the move to include GUIs would be a good idea. Visual C++, MFC, Qt, or whatever else sounds fun. Of course you'd pretty much have to finish that course with a little OpenGL. :) 

And of course we finish with a course on misc. languages like HTML and XML, Java, Python, Javascript and VB Script, SQL, etc. ad nausium. You know, teach them the pros and cons of various languages.

Turbo Pascal though? I thought that was just a horrible nightmare that had been lost to the ravages of time along with COBOL, FORTRAN, and Ada. I suppose a 'Historical Monstrosities' class on such languages might be of some small use, but ultimately would be about as fun as tracing how many times Visual FORTRAN has been sold to/inherited by new vendors.


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January 7, 2003 5:20:30 PM

Actually IIRC, Ada is still used as the language that our fighter jet's computers use.

-zigzag
January 7, 2003 6:17:50 PM

Just a few little questions to toss into the mix...

How did the SHIFT key get it's name?
1) From the Latin word for large, Shiftius, which was the first language ever used on a computer.
<b>2) It was a carry-over from typewriters which had both upper and lower case letters on each print head and used a mechanical shifting of the print head to differentiate.</b>
3) Because it shifts the ASCII table by a value of 32.
4) <font color=red>(Bad pun alert!)</font color=red> Because the Capitol is full of shifty characters.

If an 8-bit integer has a maximum of 256 possible values, what is the highest possible value of a 16-bit integer?
1) 512
<b>2) 65535</b>
3) 65536
4) 257

What does BASIC stand for?
1) Basically, it's just your basic computer language, so they named it BASIC.
2) Binary Analysis System Interpretation Commandset
<b>3) Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code</b>
4) Byte Arranging Software for Improved Coding

What does ASCII stand for?
1) Array of Simple Character Iteration Indices
2) Another Stupid Character Identification Idea
3) Alternate Source Code Image Improvement
<b>4) American Standard Code for Information Interchange</b>
(Answer 3 is also acceptable if they can prove skill in making ASCII art. Heh heh.)


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January 7, 2003 6:30:02 PM

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Actually IIRC, Ada is still used as the language that our fighter jet's computers use.

Only because the US military poured a TON of money into the development of that annoying little language. Heh heh. There's the right way, the wrong way, and then there's the military way.

Besides, last I'd heard (which admittedly was a couple of years ago) the US Air Force at the very least still "required" the use of Ada for all applicable computer programming. Required is however an extremely loose usage because if you can prove it beneficial to go with a different language, you can obtain a waiver and use that language instead of Ada. Such waivers became so common place that almost no one actually used or continues to use Ada.

I was an Air Force Communications and Computer Systems Programmer (at least I think that's what the official title was, it has been a while since tech school) for four years.


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January 8, 2003 12:00:26 AM

Q1 - Finish this sentence:

How many programs would a programmer program if a programmer could program..

A/ .. in assembler.
B/ .. programs.
C/ .. minesweeper so it wouldn't cheat.
D/ .. using proven OO techniques even when they were completely inappropriate.


Q2- Why are we learning BASIC??

A/ .. It runs on our DOS 6.22 machines [go qbasic].
B/ .. It produces nicer assembler library calls and IRQs are handled better.
C/ .. My favourite game, snake, was written in BASIC.
D/ .. The nostaglia relating to my OLD PIC BASIC-STAMP days was too tempting.

Balzi.

p.S even I don't know which answers are correct.


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January 8, 2003 12:46:06 AM

great questions everyone. If you think of more keep em coming. IIRC ddr has 184 pins right?

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Kill a man and you're a murderer;
Kill many and you're a conquerer;
Kill 'em all and you're a god.
January 8, 2003 6:44:27 AM

Ask this what is the overall decrease in Branch sucess (right branch take) when moving to 4 way SMP on a single BHT

Now what to do??
January 8, 2003 10:59:15 PM

DDR dimm is 184 pins right?

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Kill a man and you're a murderer;
Kill many and you're a conquerer;
Kill 'em all and you're a god.
January 9, 2003 12:44:05 AM

They're all good but don't you think that the quiz will be too easy if most questions have 3 funny choices out of 4, making it too easy?
I mean it's funny of course, but it does make things too easy!

Juin's was quite a challenge though it goes a bit too far IMO, way too advanced.

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January 9, 2003 1:42:12 AM

Juin's was quite a challenge though it goes a bit too far IMO, way too advanced

I ask the question because this is still under studie at Intel corp.

Now what to do??
January 9, 2003 1:44:39 AM

I can allready say that there a decrease on a long run tread but there is many way to overcome this also a fully programable Branch predictor via OS can be us on top of a multiple BHT HT-2 ??

Now what to do??
January 9, 2003 2:27:15 AM

He is the computer teacher at our school, but he only knows general information. I would be surprised if he could even build a computer. I know much more then him about the hardware aspect of computers, so my questions are already going to make him [-peep-] himself (he doesn't think i know anything about computers).

If anyone else has questions, I am on the motherboard section of them. So anything from chipsets to ram will work.

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Kill a man and you're a murderer;
Kill many and you're a conquerer;
Kill 'em all and you're a god.
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