Computers and the history of technology, make for extremely interesting yet challenging trivia questions. Understanding the history and make up of computers can provide a lot of insight around the world we currently live in. If you love computers and technology like I do, you will love these 165 computer and technology trivia questions with answers.
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165 Computer and Technology Trivia Questions
1. What is a collection of instructions that can be executed by a computer to perform a specific task called?
A Computer Program
2. What does “PCB” stand for?
Printed Circuit Board
3. What is a computer program that translates computer code from one programming language into another called?
4. How many bytes are in 1 Kilobyte?
5. What is the specific class of computer software that provides the low-level control for a device’s specific hardware called?
6. What does “ALU” stand for?
Arithmetic Logic Unit
7. What kind of program creates object code by translating combinations of mnemonics and syntax for operations and addressing modes into their numerical equivalents?
An Assembler Program
8. What is the basic unit of information in computing, that represents a logical state of two possible values, such as 1 or 0, true or false, yes or no, or on or off?
9. What is the name of a group of computers that use a set of common communication protocols over digital interconnects to share resources located on network nodes?
A Computer Network
10. What does “LAN” stand for?
Local Area Network
11. What is a collection of resources, such as documentation, message templates, or pre-written code, used by computer programs for software development called?
12. What is a computer program that directly executes instructions written in programming or scripting languages, without requiring to have been compiled into a machine language program called?
13. What is the two digit numeric system, that only uses 0 and 1, that computers operate using?
14. What does “CPU” stand for?
Central Processing Unit
15. What is the specialized electronic circuit that is designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer for the output on a display device called?
A Graphics Processing Unit
16. What does “WWW” stand for?
World Wide Web
17. What is the firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the power-on startup, that provides runtime services for operating systems and programs called?
BIOS or Basic Input/Output System
18. What was the first electronic programmable computer built in the U.S.?
The ENIAC or the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer
19. What is the main PCB used in general purpose computers that holds and allows communication between most of the crucial electronic components of the system called?
20. What are the parts of the computer which do not have a material form, but are part of a computer system that consists of encoded information for computer instructions called?
21. What does “DOS” stand for?
Disk Operating System
22. What is an auxiliary device or hardware component, that is attached to a computer, and is used to put information into and get information out of, but is not part of the core components called?
A Peripheral Device
23. What is a programming language for special run-time environments that automatically executes certain tasks called?
A Scripting or Script Language
24. What was the first wide-area packet-switching network with distributed control and one of the first networks to implement the TCP/IP protocol suite, which became the foundational technology of the internet?
ARPANET or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network
25. What does “HTML” stand for?
Hypertext Markup Language
26. What is the quickly accessible location available to a computer’s processor, that usually consists of a small amount of fast storage?
A Processor Register
27. What primarily implements portions of an execution model?
A Runtime System or Runtime Environment
28. What does “IC” stand for?
29. What is the electronic circuitry within a computer that executes instructions that make up a computer program?
The Central Processing Unit
30. 1000 kilobytes is equal to 1 what?
31. What is the term for a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet?
A Denial of Service Attack or DoS Attack
32. Who was the first person to develop a compiler for programming language?
33. What does “FLOPS” stand for?
Floating-point Operations Per Second
34. What is the unit of digital information that is usually made up of eight bits?
35. What does “OS” stand for?
36. What kind of code consists of a low level programming language that controls a computer’s CPU?
37. What is the name of an idealized model of computation or physical electronic device implementing a Boolean function, which performs a logical operation on one or more binary inputs that produces a single binary output?
A Logic Gate
38. What does “I/O” stand for?
39. What is the part of a CPU’s control unit, that stores the CPU’s microprogram?
A Control Store
40. What is the global system of interconnected computer networks that uses TCP/IP to communicate between networks and devices called?
41. What is the type of computer processor, where the control and the data processing logic are included in a small number or single integrated circuit?
42. What does KB stand for?
43. What does “WAN” stand for?
44. What is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser called?
Hypertext Markup Language or HTML
45. What was the first random-access digital storage device used successfully in several early computers?
The Williams Tube or the Williams–Kilburn Tube
46. What is the style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language such as HTML called?
Cascading Style Sheets or CSS
47. What does “FDD” stand for in regards to computer storage?
Floppy Disk Drive
48. What generates the addresses used to step through the microprogram of a control store and is used as a part of the control unit of a CPU?
Sequencer or Microsequencer
49. What does “IP” stand for?
50. What does the multinational technology company name “IBM” stand for?
International Business Machines
51. What is an error, flaw or fault in a computer program or system, that causes it to produce an incorrect or unexpected result, or to behave in unintended ways called?
52. What does “DSL” stand for in regards to the internet?
Digital Subscriber Line
53. What is any low-level programming language, where there is a very strong correspondence between the instructions in the language and the architect’s machine code instruction, where the language is designed for exactly one specific computer architecture called?
An Assembly or Assembler Language
54. What is the name of the device that is used to store information for immediate use in a computer called?
55. What does “GPU” stand for?
Graphics Processing Unit
56. What is the internal expansion card that provides input and output of audio signals for and from a computer through a computer program called?
The Sound or Audio Card
57. What is the order in which individual statements, instructions or function calls of an imperative program, are executed or evaluated called?
Control Flow or Flow of Control
58. 1000 megabytes is equal to 1 what?
59. What does “WP” stand for in regards to creating and editing documents?
60. What is the name of the logic gate, that produces an output which is false, only if all its inputs are true?
NAND gate or NOT-AND
61. What does “CU” stand for in regards to a computer’s central processing unit?
62. What was the U.S. military system that was the first large scale example of large computers and associated networking equipment, that coordinated data from many radar sites and processed it to produce a single unified image of the airspace over a wide area called?
SAGE or the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment
63. What do you call the physical parts of a computer, such as the monitor, mouse, sound card, and motherboard?
64. What does “ODD” stand for in regards to computing?
Optical Disk Drive
65. What is the communication system that transfers data between components inside a computer, or between computers called?
66. What was the world’s first stored-program computer called?
The “Manchester Baby” or the Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM)
67. What does “BIOS” stand for?
Basic Input/Output System
68. What is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a residence, school, or office building called?
A Local Area Network or LAN
69. What is the system software that manages computer hardware, software resources, and provides common services for computer programs called?
An Operating System or OS
70. What does “HTTP” stand for?
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
71. What is the family of wireless network protocols, based on the IEEE 802.11 family of standards, which are commonly used for local area networking of devices and Internet access called?
72. What is the high-level, often just-in-time compiled programming language, that uses curly-bracket syntax, and is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web, along with HTML and CSS?
73. What does “USB” stand for?
Universal Serial Bus
74. What is the process of starting a computer called?
75. What does the multinational information technology name “HP” stand for?
76. What is the type of computer memory that requires power to maintain stored information called?
77. What does “HDD” stand for in regards to computer storage?
Hard Disk Drive
78. What is a software application, used for accessing information on the internet, by requesting a web page from a website called?
A Web Browser or Browser
79. What does “MB” stand for?
80. What does “ALU” stand for?
Arithmetic Logic Unit
81. In which 1613 book, was the first use of the term “computer” used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary?
The Yong Mans Gleanings
82. 1000 gigabytes is equal to 1 what?
83. What is a family of wired computer networking technologies commonly used in local area networks, metropolitan area networks, and wide area networks called?
84. What were early personal computers generally called?
85. What does “RAM” stand for?
Random Access Memory
86. What is the term for when a computer program such as a software application or an operating system stops functioning properly and exits?
A Crash or System Crash
87. Which multinational technology company invented both the hard disk drive and the floppy disk drive?
88. What is the non-volatile electronic computer memory storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed called?
89. 1000 petabytes is equal to 1 what?
90. What is the process of finding and resolving defects or problems that prevent correct operation within computer programs, software, or systems called?
91. What is the type of disk storage, composed of a thin and flexible disk of a magnetic storage medium, in a square enclosure, lined with a fabric that removes dust particles from the spinning disk called?
A Floppy Disk
92. Who developed the first web browser?
93. What type of software is designed to help analyze, configure, optimize or maintain a computer, and is used to support the computer infrastructure?
94. What does “SSD” stand for in regards to computer storage?
Solid State Drive
95. What is the name of Apple’s general-purpose programming language, that was developed as a replacement language for Objective-C?
96. Who invented the first working hybrid integrated circuits?
97. What machine is credited as being the first computer, invented in 1936?
The Turing Machine
98. What does “VoIP” stand for?
Voice Over Internet Protocol
99. What does “FET” stand for in regards to computers?
100. What is widely accepted as the first single chip microprocessor?
The Intel 4004
101. What is the type of disc drive that uses laser light or electromagnetic waves within or near the visible light spectrum as part of the process of reading or writing data to or from optical discs?
An Optical Disc Drive
102. Who is known as the founder of recursion theory, which helped provide the foundation for theoretical computer science?
103. What does “PB” stand for in regards to computers?
104. What is the form of computer memory that can be read and changed in any order, mostly used to store machine code and working data?
RAM or Random Access Memory
105. Microsoft derives its name from what two words?
Microcomputer and Software
106. What does “IEEE” stand for?
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
107. What is a device or computer program that provides for input, editing, formatting and output of text, often with some additional features, called?
A Word Processor
108. Who is the Japanese computer scientist and software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby programming language?
109. What is a sequence of program instructions that performs a specific task, packaged as a unit to be used in programs wherever that particular task should be performed, called?
110. What is the name of the Dutch programmer, who is best known as the creator of Python?
Guido van Rossum
111. What does “ZB” stand for?
112. What is the system of one or more computers or server software, dedicated to running this software, that can satisfy client HTTP requests on the public World Wide Web called?
A Web Server
113. Who was the English mechanical engineer, that first developed the idea of a programmable computer?
114. What does “NVM” stand for in regards to computers?
115. What is the name of the hand-held pointing device that detects two-dimensional motion relative to a surface, and is typically translated in a pointer motion on a display?
A Computer Mouse
116. What was the Turing machine originally called by Alan Turing?
The “A-Machine” or the “Automatic Machine”
117. What is the study of computer algorithms that improve automatically through experience, and are a part of artificial intelligence called?
118. What was Apple’s first hard drive called?
The Apple ProFile
119. What is the term for when either a process or system ceases to respond to inputs?
Hang or Freeze
120. What does GB stand for?
121. What was Microsoft’s first programming language?
122. What is a telecommunications network that extends over a large geographic area for the primary purpose of computer networking called?
Wide Area Network or WAN
123. Who initially designed the domain-specific programming language Elm?
124. What does “SoCs” stand for in regards to computers?
System on a Chip
125. What is the name of the general-purpose programming language that provides support for both object-oriented programming and functional programming, designed to be concise, and aimed to address the criticisms and perceived shortcomings of Java?
126. What does the “D” in “DRAM” stand for?
127. 1000 exabytes equals 1 what?
128. What is an electro-mechanical data storage device that stores and retrieves digital data using magnetic storage and one or more rigid rapidly rotating platters coated with magnetic material called?
A Hard Disk Drive or HDD
129. What does TB stand for in regards to computer storage?
130. What is a piece of computer hardware or software, that provides functionality for other programs or devices, called?
131. What does “URL” stand for?
Uniform Resource Locator
132. What type of software is designed to provide a platform for other software?
133. What was the first commercially available portable computer?
The IBM 5100
134. What type of processing, is the running of jobs that can be scheduled to run as resources permit, or without end user interaction?
135. What company developed C# as part of its .NET initiative?
136. What does “MOS” stand for in MOSFET?
Medal-Oxide-Silicon or Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor
137. Who first patented the field-effect transistor?
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld
138. 1000 zettabytes is equal to 1 what?
139. Who is credited by many, to have invented the “mouse”?
140. What does “ROM” stand for?
Read Only Memory
141. What does the consumer electronic company name “HTC” stand for?
High Tech Company
142. What does “EB” stand for in regards to computer storage?
143. What two words does the free software community “Mozilla” derive its name from?
Mosaic and Godzilla
144. What does the digital appliance, “PDA” stand for?
Personal Digital Assistant
145. Who invented the “trackball”, the early predecessor to the “mouse”?
146. At what free software company was the programming language Rust designed by Graydon Hoare?
147. What was the first laptop-sized notebook computer?
The Epson HX-20
148. What does “YB” stand for in regards to computer storage?
149. What is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or a sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic called?
150. What was Apple’s first pre-assembled computer called?
151. What does “PROM” stand for in regards to computers?
Programmable Read-Only Memory
152. What does “GUI” stand for?
Graphical User Interface
153. What was the first publicly available microcomputer?
The Altair 8800
154. What was the name of the first Web Browser?
155. What is the type of non-volatile memory used in computers, where stored data cannot be electronically modified after the manufacture of the memory device?
Read-only memory or ROM
156. What mythological greek creature did the name “Asus” come from?
157. What is the maximum rate of data transfer across a given path in computing called?
158. What does the “S” in “SRAM” stand for?
159. What is the type of computer memory that can retain stored information even after power is removed?
Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) or Non-Volatile Storage
160. What is the hardware or software component that stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster called?
162. What is the name of the statically typed, compiled programming language designed at Google by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson?
163. What does “EPROM” stand for?
Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory
164. 1000 terabytes is equal to 1 what?
165. What type of software is a program or group of programs designed for end-users?