So you've read all about the merger of
. You know they're putting together a business that will comprise the whole spectrum of network computing needs, from modems to Ethernet cards. You know the industry is changing and you're ready for it. You can handle the Brave New World Wide Web.
Pop quiz, hot shot. What company do you turn to for a "secure access firewall"? (Do you even know what a secure access firewall is? We didn't.) Have you figured out what "asynchronous transfer mode" is -- or how to pronounce it?
We scouted the home pages of
looking for tidbits of information that would challenge the most knowledgeable of the computer networking cognoscenti and put together the following test. Get five or more right and you could be the next cybermogul.
Or maybe just another Internet dweeb.
1. A "functionally-rich, high-capacity ATM Service Switch that gives customers the ability to deploy highly scalable networks with guaranteed end-to-end Quality of Service for hundreds of thousands of virtual circuits" refers to:
's networking products.
b) A crucial scene in episode 3 of the second season of
c) The original code used to encrypt plans for the Allies' invasion of Normandy.
2. Shorter than your lunch break best describes:
a) The amount of time needed to get on to
b) The 30 minutes of
support time offered by
after you've purchased one of their NetBeyond products.
c) Your coffee break.
3. Which "worldwide leader in networking products based on asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology" boasts a section called "Living and Working in Pittsburgh" as part of the recruitment effort on its home page?
4. Does the allure of living and working in Pittsburgh make
a more attractive potential employer?
5. The Switching Revolution refers to:
a) The war to restore democracy in 16th century England.
's dedicated, high-speed networking.
daily wardrobe dilemma.
6. ISDN Interoperability Solutions are:
a) Outlined in the
report on International Securities and Derivatives Networking.
b) Offered by
for integration with Remote Access Servers.
c) Multi-physician surgical techniques.
7. Who said, "Everything wants to be connected with everything else"?
founder Hugh Hefner.
Chairman and CEO Eric Benhamou.
By the way, click on any of the highlighted names to automatically link to the company's home page. Be forewarned: Even with a T1 line, downloads can really eat up your time.
By Andrew Morse