Net Know-It-All Challenge

Test your networking knowledge.

Network nerdiness quiz

While everyday problems will test your networking mettle, you can't say you've reached the pinnacle of networking success unless you can also show how culturally you are tied in to it. Follow along the slides and keep track of how many you get right.  Now, it's time to test your 'networking nerdiness.'

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Network Appliance, intent on going green, contracted with Natural Solutions of Santa Cruz, CA, to rent 200 goats to mow down 5 ¼ acres of thistle on its Sunnyvale, CA, campus. The company estimates it saved 70% or about $5,000 dollars and gave the goats a free lunch and dinner too. Natural Solutions' goats have also been used to clear land at Sunnyvale landfills, which can't be mowed because of the possible dangerous interaction between methane and gasoline.

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Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Microsystems. McNealy’s father was vice-chairman and vice president of marketing for automobile manufacturer American Motors. McNealy’s children are all named after cars and according to McNealy each name has Native American connotations. Dakota, for instance, means ‘friend;’ Colt means ‘little horse.’

McNealy likens a lot of things to cars. In a Network World interview with McNealy, he compared cars to grid computing and virtualization engines .

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If you said that new data center next door, you would be wrong. But, if you said Bill Gates' house, well, then you deserve to see it up close .

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That would be Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell. A lot larger than the dorm room Dell started his company in, the house features both indoor and outdoor pools and eight bedrooms. If you are ever in North Austin, Texas, look for the grouping of cell phone towers. They'll help you locate Dell's house on Toro Canyon Drive.

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The Cray-2 from Cray uses a non-conductive liquid called Fluorinert to cool its processors. Fluorinert was developed by 3M as a blood plasma replacement used in surgery when there wasn't time to type a patient's blood. The science fiction movie The Abyss showed a mouse immersed in a cup of highly oxygenated Fluorinert who could apparently breathe.

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That would be Pillar Data, a company founded by Mike Workman, and funded for over $100 million by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Workman's dog, a dachshund called Clams, is also called Waffles for some unknown reason. Workman calls Clams a weiner dog, thus the inspiration for Weeners Leap, a Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Clams is also responsible for much of the operations at Pillar - he appears in the trademarks list at the bottom of some of the company's data sheets . Clams is the inspiration for 'all we do at Pillar,' says Workman, a fireworks buff from way back. His Weenerworks fireworks company combined with In Living Colors Pyrotechnics and Clams sponsored a fireworks display for the Americas Cup.

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If you answered Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google, you would be right. Brin and Page are currently embroiled in a tiff with the plane's designer on how the plane will be refurbished. The two want to have the plane outfitted with a custom lounge for CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt and two master bedroom cabins for themselves. The plane, which formerly held 180 passengers, is being retrofitted to hold 50 people and provide a party facility for the two young entrepreneurs.

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Diane Greene , CEO of VMware, the high-flying subsidiary of EMC. Greene also sails an oceangoing three-hulled sailboat and won the women's National Double-handed Dinghy Championship. She also won the women's division in the San Francisco Classic, a long-distance windsurfing race, three times and organized the first Windsurfing World Championship in 1974. Read our Q&A with Diane Greene here .

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The founders of Hewlett Packard (Bill Hewlett and David Packard) rented it along with the house it was behind for $45 a month. The garage, which has been named the Birthplace of Silicon Valley, was the site of one of the first of Hewlett's and Packard's inventions - the Model 200a audio oscillator.

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Linux inventor Linus Torvalds was looking for something 'fun and friendly' to represent the open source operating system. "So when you think 'penguin,' you should be imagining a slightly overweight penguin, sitting down after having gorged itself, and having just burped," said Torvalds in a 1996 e-mail, describing the perfect bird. "It's sitting there with a beatific smile...the world is a good place to be when you have just eaten a few gallons of raw fish and you can feel another burp coming...Think 'bean bag' here." Plus, Torvalds has an affinity for penguins, having been bitten by one at a zoo in Australia.

Network nerdiness quiz

You can see by your score where you fall on the Net quotient. If you're an Know-It-All, like me, you know that the juiciest gossip can always be found on Google; if you're a Know-Nothing, like Elton John , just pray that you'll always be able to buy ribbons for that typewriter of yours.