What is Qwikipedia?

Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start with one topic, click a few links and within no time are reading about something else.

Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us. The objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!

Monday’s Marauder

Firefox —> Lightning

Firefox

Which browser do you use while surfing the internet? I am a die-hard user of Chrome these days, but before it made its way, I used to be faithful to Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is an open source free web browser that works across different operating systems including Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux.

Since its release in 2004, Firefox has been adopted by millions of people and has been downloaded over a billion times. It enjoys 20-24 % worldwide share of web browsers, which makes it the second or third most widely used web browser. The Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation, that coordinates and manages the Firefox releases, have affiliations with a number of organisations, including Google and Microsoft.

Google

Google Inc. is an internet-giant that provides product and services that are related to the World Wide Web. I mentioned Chrome when we were talking about Firefox; it is a product of Google. You might have searched for something when you are looking for particular information; you would have probably taken to Google search. Internet search, cloud computing, email, advertising, social networking,... you name it and chances are that you are probably using one of Google’s services.

While it is an established fact that Google is amongst the biggest players in the software side, it is also increasingly becoming a hardware company through various partnerships. It’s high-end Nexus series of devices are being brought out through major electronics manufacturers. Also, as part of the Google Fiber broadband internet service project, it is involved in the construction of fibre-optic infrastructure in Kansas City.

Optical fibre

Optical fibres are flexible, transparent fibres made of glass (silica) or plastic that serves as a medium to transmit light from one end to another. Acting as a waveguide or light pipe, they are widely used in fibre optic communications permitting transmission over long distances at higher bandwidths.

Optical fibres can carry more data than electrical cables and they are also immune to electrical interference. This allows them to protect communications equipment in high voltage environments which include metallic structures that are prone to lightning strikes.

Lightning

Do you love to look at the skies when lightning strikes and thunder rumbles? Are you aware as to how these actually come about? Brilliant flashes of light comprising of a massive electrostatic discharge caused by unbalanced electric charges in the atmosphere, lightning occurs within a thundercloud, between clouds or between the cloud and the ground.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Firefox —> Google —> Optical fibre —> Lightning

Three clicks! Hop over. Its time for the next question:

Tuesday’s Traveller

Avian flu—> Damascus

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