- (adj.) said of software - that which can be put on a new
machine in less time than it took to write in the first place. Said of
hardware - that which can theoretically be moved more than ten feet in one
minute by some combination of machinery or explosives. The meanings are
- Truly relational:
- (adj.) relational, but where the paternity is indubitable.
- (n.) acronym for Terminate and Stay Resident. A way of turning a useless
computer with plenty of memory into a computer with no memory at all.
- (prefix) computer software which uses air under pressure (supplied by
a special fan) to achieve high performance.
- (adj.) trivialized, slow, incapable, and boring.
- (n., v.) a DOS which needs more memory than you have and run more slowly
than you can bear. To UNIX: to grossly enlarge and slow down out of all
proportion, esp. by using C.
- (n.) one who knows from experience that programs cannot be trusted. A
- (n.) a manufacturer's lackey.
- (adj.) emulated. See: Emulate.
- (n.) a list of vendor's promises with carefully-worded exceptions
which cancel each of the promises in turn.
- (n., adj.) a way of making a large and easily-read display into
many small, cluttered, and confusing ones.
- Word Processor:
- (n.) A program which makes a $5,000 computer into a $250
typewriter. A computer game for beginning operators.
- (n.) acronym for Write Once, Read Mangled. Used to describe a normally-functioning
computer disk of the very latest design.
- (n.) a common user prompt.
- (n.) kind of stalks used by computer diagnosticians when performing
the ritual of the I Ching.
- (n.) a sophisticated simulation and design program used by the
brightest programmers to test the consistency of internal logic and memory.
Management prefers to use games such as 'spreadsheet' for the same purpose.