Tonkin's First Computer Dictionary

A Chronology...The Jargon FileComputer Dictionary
(n., adj.) a binary thousand, which isn't a decimal thousand or even really a binary thousand (which is eight), but is the binary number closest to a decimal thousand. This has proven so completely confusing that is has become a standard.
(n.) a misspelling of 'kernel' used by beginning (funtionally illiterate) programmers, especially those with some knowledge of C.
(n.) the core of a program, i.e. the source of all errors. Thus the common misspelling, 'kernal.'
(n.) a device used by programmers to write software for a mouse or joystick and by operators for playing games such as 'word processing.'
(v., adj., or n.) to fix a program in the usual way.
Leading Edge:
(n., adj.) anything which uses advanced technology.
See: Advanced.
(n.) a covenant which tells the buyer that nothing has been purchased and that no refund, support, advice, or instruction may be anticipated and that no resale is permitted. A modern way of saying "Thanks for all your money and goodbye", far less crude than "Stick 'em up" but even more effective since the purchaser will often borrow the funds requested.
(n.) a system of determining truth or falsity, implication or exclusion, by means of a sort of binary Oneiromancy.
(n., v.)1. a series of instructions to be iterated.
2. the process of iterating them. Most loops are unintentional and can be quite droll.
(n.) a series of keystrokes used to simulate a missing but essential command.
(n.) more than you can comprehend and less than you'll need.
See: UNIX.
(n.) a way of measuring how well your computer matches the frequency of your local television channels. Most computers perform exceptionally well on this test, especially the higher-quality foreign-made ones.
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