Test Your Nerd Knowledge — June 14, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. TeamViewer, AnyDesk and VNC Connect are examples of what type of software?
  2. In 1996, SABRE founded its own online travel agency. What was it called?
  3. Which renowned university offers MBA students a rock-solid foundation for an IT career at its Sloan School of Management?

And here are the answers:

  1. Remote Desktop Access Software. “I’m controlling your cursor” is a commonly heard phrase in today’s office practices. It indicates that someone is observing or operating your computer’s environment from another computer, usually in a different location. Remote access is a decades-old concept that creates a safe tunnel for data using a hardware firewall on the host side combined with a software client on the remote side. Encrypted data is then passed through the tunnel and decrypted on the receiving end. These methods and their associated software have evolved considerably in recent years. Today’s remote access capabilities include software support, PC troubleshooting, secure file transfer, software installation and upgrades, training sessions, collaborative team work sessions and virtual classes.
  2. Travelocity. Travelocity was launched in 1996 as a means of developing travel agents’ computer reservation systems. In its first three months of operation, Travelocity reported 1.2 million visits and had 144,000 people register at the site. Together with Expedia, the online travel site launched by Microsoft Corp. in October 1996, it remains one of the leading travel sites on the Internet, despite an abundance of competitors that currently flood the marketplace.
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Sloan School of Management finds itself physically on the shores of the Charles River, in Cambridge, MA, and philosophically at “the intersection of business and technology.” Countless students are compelled to pursue an education in I.T., but the Sloan School takes a holistic approach to building college students into high-level intellects focused on tacking global challenges. Started in 1914 as and engineering administration curriculum, the school thrived under the guidance of MIT graduate Alfred P. Sloan, who was the CEO of GM in 1931, when he assisted MIT in “educating the Ideal Manager.” Now regarded as one of the best business schools in the nation, The Sloan School’s student body of 1,300 is graced by an annual endowment of over $800 million.