- n. A location in a monitor which contains the address of a
routine, with the specific intent of making it easy to substitute a
different routine. The following quote comes from "Polymorphic
Systems", vol. 2, p. 54:
"Any type of I/O device can be substituted for the standard device
by loading a simple driver routine for that device and installing
its address in one of the monitor's `wormholes.'*
*The term `wormhole' has been used to describe a hypothetical
astronomical situation where a black hole connects to the `other
side' of the universe. When this happens, information can pass
through the wormhole, in only one direction, much as `assumptions'
pass down the monitor's wormholes."
- See EXCL.
- 1. n. Xerox Graphics Printer.
2. v. To print something on the
XGP. "You shouldn't XGP such a large file."
- See PLUGH.
- n. DEC service engineers' slang for UUO (q.v.). Usage: rare at
Stanford and MIT, has been found at random DEC installations.
- YOYO MODE
- n. State in which the system is said to be when it rapidly
alternates several times between being up and being down.
- YU-SHIANG WHOLE FISH
- n. The character gamma (extended SAIL ASCII 11),
which with a loop in its tail looks like a fish. Usage: used
primarily by people on the MIT LISP Machine. Tends to elicit
incredulity from people who hear about it second-hand.
- v.1. To set to zero.
Usually said of small pieces of data, such
as bits or words.
2. To erase; to discard all data from. Said of
disks and directories, where "zeroing" need not involve actually
writing zeroes throughout the area being zeroed.