Quiz: He said what? (an oddly informative news quiz)

Who, at long last, has put the chicken-egg conundrum to rest? Who is fretting about how he'll stay in touch with everyday life? Who is quite open about sexual issues and other risky behaviors? Why are 'the most vulnerable Americans' at risk of living a TV-free life? Who admitted to liking Vista? Think you know? Take this week's quiz and prove it.

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The quotes

1. "We are working very hard to provide comparable capabilities from a hardware consumption perspective -- memory and processor -- to what you saw in Windows Vista, and I think we may even be able to do a little bit better."

2. "We can't constrain people's ability to say what they want. If someone says, I am the head of Al Qaeda, come talk to me, that's perfectly legal."

3. "How many of you like it?"

4. "With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed, I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively mandated analog cutoff date."

5. "Broadcasters have come together and said 'We'll be the chicken.' We'll put services out there without devices."

6. "We think it's the one phone you can use for your entire life and you'll really enjoy using it."

7. "I'm still in a scuffle around that. How do you stay in touch with the flow of everyday life?"

8. "This is not about a company that's in trouble. This is about greed, corporate greed. They're going to Poland because apparently they can make an extra 3 percent."

9. "You seemed to be quite open about sexual issues or other behaviors such as drinking or smoking. Are you sure that's a good idea? ... You might consider revising your page to better protect your privacy."

 

The quoted

A. Judy Shapiro, VP of marketing for New York-based PalTalk, When asked if the company is aware of Al-Qaeda chat rooms. And, wow, I must say that was spoken like a true VP of marketing.

B. Mark Aitken, director of advanced technology for the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, on the announcement that TV stations in 22 U.S. cities would put an end to the chicken-egg conundrum by broadcasting their signals in a format designed to be received by mobile devices -- despite the lack of devices to receive those signals.

C. President-elect Barack Obama in a Today show interview on giving up his BlackBerry once he takes office. It's just a guess on my part but I think daily briefings might do the trick. And does the President even get to experience everyday life?

D. Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta in a letter to key lawmakers asking for a delay in the digital TV transition, and not, as you might suspect from the urgent tone, for anything that would really affect the health and wellbeing of 'the most vulnerable Americans' who could maybe find something better to do with their time than watch TV ... gasp!

E. Palm Chief Executive Ed Colligan at a news conference announcing the company's new Pre smartphone. Now, I'm no gadget freak but I'd be willing to bet there will soon be a new-greatest-phone that will make him wish he hadn't uttered the words 'entire life.'

F. Dr. Megan Moreno in an e-mail sent to teenage MySpace users. Moreno is lead researcher of a study that shows how parents and other adults can encourage safer Internet use. Turns out, all you have to do to change risky teen behavior is show them the error of their ways.

G. Limerick native and Dell employee Mike Killeen on the news that the company will slash its Irish work force and shift its European manufacturing operations to Poland. Okay, so there's nothing funny about this. But it is refreshing to hear someone tell it like it is.

H. Microsoft Investigative Consultant Michael Dunner asking attendees of the International Conference on Cyber Security 2009 if they had used Vista and if they liked it. Surprisingly enough, about half actually did like it.

I. Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior VP in charge of Windows, discussing Windows 7 in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show. Suddenly I'm feeling better about my New Year's resolution to be a 'little bit better' at getting to the gym.

 

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