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Academic Questions in ICT
DNS belongs to layer _____ of the Open System Interconnect (OSI) model of networking.
Which of the following DNS servers receive queries directly from computers, phones and other client devices?
A. Root Nameserver
B. Top Level Domain (TLD) Nameserver
C. Bottom Level Domain (BLD) Nameserver
D. Authoritative Nameserver
E. Direct Nameserver
F. Recursive DNS Server
The uppermost layer of the Open System Interconnect (OSI) model of networking is the _____ layer.
E. Data Link
Concerning the internet of things, which of the following statement is incorrect?
A. Humans will become connected to the internet through the internet of things
B. It refers to the billions of physical devices that will be connected to the internet
C. Big data is associated with the internet of things
D. Presently, we have more humans living on earth that things connected to the internet
E. China, North America and Europe accounts for over two thirds of internet connected things
F. The ultimate goal of the Internet of things will be made a reality through IPv6
What is the first step towards disabling automatic image download on WhatsApp?
A. Click on the three dots on the top right hand corner
B. Click on the WhatsApp logo
C. Click on the settings icon on the top right corner
D. Click on the settings icon located on the to top-center of the app
E. Click directly on the storage and data icon located on the top right corner
F. Click on the mobile data usage icon located on the top right corner
The followings are ways to conserve data on android phones except _____.
A. Turning on data saving mode
B. Activating background apps
C. Use of Wi-Fi to update apps
D. Disable automatic image download on WhatsApp
E. Watch low resolution videos on youtube
F. Utilizing a reputable data saving app on google playstore
Twitter was launched in _____.
Due to the limitation of the Internet Protocol version 4 address, _____ was created.
A router is defined as a hardware (networking) device that receives, analyzes and forward packets between computer networks. They can be classified into different types based on their physical appearance, connectivity and functionalities.
In this article, wired and wireless routers will be explained.
A wired router connects directly to end devices (e.g computers and VoIP phones) or intermediary devices like switches and other routers through a cable at both end of each device.
In order to access external networks, one of the ports in a wired router is connected via a cable to a modem. This facilitates the sending and receiving of data packets from the internet. In this regard, wired routers typically supports Network Address Translation (NAT).
Network Address Translation is a concept that allows multiple end devices to connect to the internet through a shared Internet Protocol (IP) Address.
The image below shows a D-Link wired router with the blue cables connecting to its ethernet interfaces (or ports) linking end devices (e.g computer and printers) while the white cable connects to a modem. Meanwhile, understand that the interface to the modem connects the home network to the internet:
Wired routers have firewalls built within them to filter traffic (packets) coming from or going to malicious network destinations.
Unlike the wired router, a wireless router connects to end devices without any form of cables. To achieve this, it has antennae which broadcast wirelessly, while also receiving signals from end devices.
A wireless router may simply be termed a router that provides the functions of a wireless access point. This wireless access point can be used to create a small Local Area Network (LAN), while also providing access to remote networks through the internet.
The image below shows a wireless router that can transmit data at 900 megabytes per second on a 5G network and 300 megabytes per second on a 2.4G network.
Wireless routers are used for establishing a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). They also support NAT and have firewalls within them. Importantly, they can effectively act as a wireless access point.
Interestingly, some wireless routers may be used to create a wired LAN. This is true because such wireless routers contain ethernet interfaces for cable connection to end devices. As said earlier, they can also be used to create a wireless-only LAN, or wired and wireless network simultaneously. To achieve this, wireless routers do come with one or more ethernet ports (interfaces). These interface controllers are typically fast ethernet or gigabit ethernet ports which are integrated into the hardware of the wireless router. An instance is shown in the image below:
It is worthy of note to state that all wireless routers must possess one or more wireless network interface controllers. This is an important factor that make it a wireless access point. Also, universal serial bus (USB) ports may also be present in wireless routers. The USB ports connect directly to devices like desktops, external hard drives and printers. They may be used as a shared resource on the LAN.
Apart from the wired and wireless routers, other types of routes include:
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Amazing facts in ICT
1,000 computers are used to retrieve the answers to your Google search (query) in 0.2 seconds
The first hand-held mobile phone call was made in New York City on April 3rd, 1973
The logo for gmail was designed the night before it was launched
Coca Cola owns all the domain names (website names) that can be read as ahh. They include: ahh.com, ahhh.com, ahhhh.com, ahhhhh.com, ahhhhhh.com and so on..., all the way up to 62 'h's!
YouTube is a video-sharing platform which commenced operations on February 14, 2005 (Valentine's day). Three former PayPal employees -> Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim created the YouTube service (as a dating app) until Google bought it in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion
Smoking near an Apple (Mac) computer voids the warranty.
When you add /4 to the end of Facebook's URL, it will take you to Mark Zuckerberg.
You can try it on you own; or better still, try the link below:
Apple iPad retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung
The big five tech companies of the world as at 2018 are :
Notable points in ICT
Python is one of the most popular programming languages, and will still remain relevant for a long time.
Python can be used for almost every kind of project including web application, machine learning, mobile and desktop applications, networking servers, APIs, scrapers, application’s backend and so on.
There is a great availability of third-party libraries for the python language. For this reason, it becomes one one of the easiest languages to learn as a beginner.
Believe it or not, Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) still remains one of the most popular backend language for web applications, even though it is currently facing a stiff competition from python language.
Content Management Systems (CMS) like wordpress and drupal are written in PHP for its backend. Interestingly, some of facebook’s backend were also written in PHP.
As at 2019, the backend of more than 40% of active websites are powered with PHP. In fact, Len Academy is also powered by PHP for its backend.
If you wish to manipulate databases via Structured Query Language (SQL) with a programming language that has dynamic capabilities, then PHP is your language of choice.
Below are notable dates on internet evolution:
1983: The Domain Name System (DNS) created the '.com .edu .gov .org and .net' systems for naming websites
1985: The first registered domain name - 'symbolics.com' came into existence
1992: The first audio and video were uploaded over the internet
1992: The phrase 'surfing the Internet' became popular
1993: The number of websites reached 600
1993: White House and United Nations go online
1994: Microsoft creates a Web browser for Windows 95
1994: Yahoo! is created by Jerry Yang and David Filo
1995 Amazon and eBay were launched online
1996: 'The Dancing Baby' becomes the first viral internet video
1997: Netflix is founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph
1998: Google search engine came into existence
2003: The worm 'SQL Slammer' spread over the internet within 10 minutes
2004: Facebook goes online
Computer hardware is the collection of physical parts of a computer system.
Physical parts of a computer are those parts that you can see and touch. It may also be referred to as the 'equipment of the computer'.
When the computer case is opened (with a screwdriver), one would see the different hardware components inside of it. It's important to state that some other hardware components are present outside the computer case; and these are termed peripherals.
Below are hardware components seen inside the computer case:
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Power supply Unit (PSU)
Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) slots
Network Interface Card (NIC)
Random Access Memory (RAM)
Solid State Drive (SSD)
Optical Disc Drives (external present)
USB port, PS2 port, Ethernet port and other ports
Expansion Ports / Slots
Hardware components seen outside the computer case are called peripherals. The peripherals are grouped into the following:
Input devices: They provide information to the computer.
Output devices: Brings out information from the computer.
Storage devices: They store information or data.
Below are examples of some peripherals:
Touch Pad (input)
Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drive or memory card (storage)
Hard disc drive (storage)