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  • nasal demons
    n. During a discussion on the USENET group comp.std.c in early 1992, a regular remarked "When the compiler encounters [a given undefined construct] it... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • rice box
    [from ham radio slang] n. Any Asian-made commodity computer, esp. an 80x86-based machine built to IBM PC-compatible ISA or EISA-bus standards.

  • jiffy
    n. 1. The duration of one tick of the system clock on the computer (see {tick}). Often one AC cycle time (1/60 second in ...FULL DEFINITION

  • buried treasure
    n. A surprising piece of code found in some program. While usually not wrong, it tends to vary from {crufty} to {bletcherous}, and...FULL DEFINITION

  • poke
    n.,vt. See {peek}.

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  • wirehead
    /wir'hed/ n. [prob. from SF slang for an electrical-brain-stimulation addict] 1. A hardware hacker, especially one who concentrates on communications hardware. 2. AnFULL DEFINITION

  • link farm
    [UNIX] n. A directory tree that contains many links to files in a master directory tree of files. Link farms save space when...FULL DEFINITION

  • die
    v. Syn. {crash}. Unlike {crash}, which is used primarily of hardware, this verb is used of both hardware and software. See also...FULL DEFINITION

  • Core Wars
    n. A game between `assembler' programs in a simulated machine, where the objective is to kill your opponent's program by overwriting it. Popularized...FULL DEFINITION