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SpiderOak University Pop Quiz Answers #3

First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response to our final quiz. You all have graduated from SpiderOak University! You all should be proud.

You will not be notified when your account has been upgraded so just check your account to see your change. Many of you will receive 3 GBs if you got all the questions right, and the rest of you will receive 1 GB. That being said, let’s get to what you are really waiting for.

The Answers

How many different computers can you include folders from in a ShareRoom?

All of them.

What is a central repository?

A place where things may be put for safekeeping.

What is one thing that is really important when finding a cloud provider?

To ensure that my data is very private so no one can view what is being stored.

What platforms does SpiderOak support?

Linux, Windows, Mac

What discount do students / university staff / professors get?

None of the above. (50% off)

Which video does Ethan Oberman draw a bad version of a phone?

Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

True/False: SpiderOak is 100% secure.

False (SpiderOak is 100% private. Security can be very strong but not 100% secure)

How could you use SpiderOak to expand your lifespan?

Have your DNA sequenced store it and back it up securely with SpiderOak, and in your old age, use the record of your undamaged DNA to repair your cell.

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #3

For the past 5 weeks, we have posted videos about SpiderOak and our product. I hope you’ve been paying attention because we have some specific questions for you!

Pop Quiz

It is simple. All you have to do is answer the questions below. If you get all questions correct, we will give you 3 GBs of extra space. For those of you who may miss a few, we will give you 1 GB for trying.

Just like any other quiz, there is a time limit so please submit your quiz within 24 hours. After which time, no storage will be awarded. This is our last quiz for SpiderOak University. Thank you very much for your participation and we hope you have learned a lot about SpiderOak!

Good Luck! Remember – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account by signing up with your school address.

Sign up today.

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SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #2 Answers

First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response! Quiz #2 is now closed and we will begin grading your answers. You will not be notified when your account has been upgraded so just check your account to see your change. Many of you will receive 2 GBs if you got all the questions right, and the rest of you will receive 1 GB. That being said, let’s get to what you are really waiting for.

The Answers

Where is your data first encrypted when uploading to SpiderOak?
Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

Locally on your device.

What is the only thing SpiderOak sees when uploading data to our servers?
Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

A bunch of encrypted data blocks.

What does ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Privacy Environment mean?
Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

Only you have access to your data. Not even SpiderOak employees can access data on the servers.

What are the five features that make SpiderOak different?
Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

Share, access, sync, storage, and backup

What if something happens to your computer and you have to get another one?
Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

Everything is backed up. Attach it to my SpiderOak account and regain access to the data on that account.

True/False: Your data is still stored on our servers even if you get rid of all your computers.
Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

True

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #2

This week, we posted a few videos about SpiderOak and our product. I hope you’ve been paying attention because we have some specific questions for you!

Pop Quiz

It is simple. All you have to do is answer the questions below. If you get all questions correct, we will give you 2 GBs of extra space. For those of you who may miss a few, we will give you 1 GB for trying.

Just like any other quiz, there is a time limit so please submit your quiz within 24 hours. After which time, no storage will be awarded. But don’t worry – We will have more quizzes while SpiderOak University is in session.

Good Luck! Remember – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account by signing up with your school address.

Sign up today.

Fill out my online form.

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz Answers

First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response! The quiz is now closed and we will begin grading your answers. You will not be notified when your account has been upgraded so just check your account to see your change. Many of you will receive 2 GBs if you got all the questions right, and the rest of you will receive 1 GB. That being said, let’s get to what you are really waiting for.

The Answers

What was one way a company dealt with the proliferation of data? {Video: How we got here}

By letting users go around a VPN to access their data across all their devices.

What is a “VPN?” {Video: How we got here}

Virtual Private Network

What was one way our CEO, Ethan Oberman, got data off his Mac to his PC in 2006? {Video: Intro – How SpiderOak Was Built}

Built SpiderOak around an idea to have one central repository.

What is our privacy policy called? {Video: Intro – How SpiderOak Was Built}

Zero-Knowledge

True/False: You can go back at any point to retrieve any file you accidentally deleted or lost on any one of your devices. {Video: Our History – Dedication to True Backup & Privacy}

True

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz

No two words can fill students with more dread than “pop quiz.” However, evidence suggests that quizzes can help students learn. We at SpiderOak are always learning from our customers. In fact, we pretty much expect a pop quiz every day.

Since last week, we have been posting videos about SpiderOak and our product. I hope you’ve been paying attention because we have some specific questions for you!

How to participate

It is simple. All you have to do is answer the questions below. If you get all questions correct, we will give you 2 GBs of extra space. For those of you who may miss a few, we will give you 1 GB for trying.

Just like any other quiz, there is a time limit so please submit your quiz within 24 hours. After which time, no storage will be awarded. But don’t worry – We will have more quizzes while SpiderOak University is in session.

Good Luck! Remember – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account by signing up with your school address.

Sign up today.

Fill out my online form.

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

EDIT: The day is over, and we have shut down the bonus gigs system. Thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll be keeping SOTSS active for a while longer, so you can still tell all your friends about it!

Hello, fellow SysAdmins (and other assorted peons)!

Today is our day! Enjoy it. You earned it.

And to show our excitement and appreciation for all that you do, we’ve created a special kind of bonus for you. It’s a bit of a brain-teaser, and a bit of a retro homage to the bad old days of computing, when a remote terminal was a VT100, memory was measured in kilobytes, and your only hope of understanding a problem was a shelf full of manuals.

Welcome to the SpiderOak Time Stealing System.

Your goal is simple. SOTSS is broken, and you have to get it working. Buried inside the system is a program that will grant you an extra 5GB to your SpiderOak account. Run that program, and the 5GB is yours. That’s it. You’ll need to dig around to figure it out; there’s no manual and the online help is broken. Get creative.

Since this puzzle is for our SysAdmin friends, we’d rather you didn’t post your solutions.

Oh, and have fun. :)

Get Ready for SysAdmin Day!

WiFi Logo. Image credit: Sysadminday

(Image credit: Sysadminday.com)

In today’s day and age, it is easy to take a system administrator’s work for granted. They tactfully bite back the snark every time someone forgets how to setup their email, update a browser, or insists that their passwords aren’t working when – in reality – the passwords are case sensitive…

SysAdmins are brave and talented souls who keep us all connected. And for all this work, they deserve a big ‘Thank you!’. We certainly could not function or do business without both their skills (and snarkiness).

This is why we are going to celebrate SysAdmin Day, and why you should too.

Tomorrow, all SpiderOak users will be able to play a virtual computer puzzle game. Solving the puzzle will grant players 5 additional free gigs.

We look forward to tomorrow and we hope you will help us in thanking all the SysAdmins out there!

Celebrate SysAdmin Day With Us Friday July 27

It’s easy to take a system administrator’s work for granted. Many of us have the expectation that everything we use on a daily basis – from our computers to our company’s internal networks – will work flawlessly. But this is rarely the case. It takes constant effort to make sure that everything operates smoothly and the way we want it to work.

Just because you don’t see the person who maintains the network doesn’t mean that they aren’t there doing the important work involved. We certainly can’t function or do business without their mad skills.

This is why we are going to celebrate SysAdmin Day, and why you should too.

Pay homage to those hard-working server warriors with us this Friday:

All SpiderOak users will be able to play a virtual computer puzzle game. Solving the puzzle will grant players 5 bonus gigs.

Stay tuned, and learn more about SysAdmin Day in the meantime…