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  • Big Gray Wall
    n. What faces a {VMS} user searching for documentation. A full VMS kit comes on a pallet, the documentation taking up around 15... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • QWERTY
    /kwer'tee/ [from the keycaps at the upper left] adj. Pertaining to a standard English-language typewriter keyboard (sometimes called the Sholes keyboard after its inventor),...FULL DEFINITION

  • parent message
    n. See {followup}.

  • essentials
    n. Things necessary to maintain a productive and secure hacking environment. "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, a 20-megahertz 80386 box...FULL DEFINITION

  • blinkenlights
    /blink'*n-litz/ n. Front-panel diagnostic lights on a computer, esp. a {dinosaur}. Derives from the last word of the famous blackletter-Gothic sign in mangled...FULL DEFINITION

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  • time sink
    [poss. by analogy with `heat sink' or `current sink'] n. A project that consumes unbounded amounts of time.

  • waldo
    /wol'doh/ [From Robert A. Heinlein's story "Waldo"] 1. A mechanical agent, such as a gripper arm, controlled by a human limb. When these...FULL DEFINITION

  • flat-ASCII
    adj. Said of a text file that contains only 7-bit ASCII characters and uses only ASCII-standard control characters (that is, has no embedded codes...FULL DEFINITION

  • deprecated
    adj. Said of a program or feature that is considered obsolescent and in the process of being phased out, usually in favor of a...FULL DEFINITION