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  • dink
    /dink/ n. Said of a machine that has the {bitty box} nature; a machine too small to be worth bothering with --- sometimes the... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • spl
    /S-P-L/ [abbrev, from Set Priority Level] The way traditional UNIX kernels implement mutual exclusion by running code at high interrupt levels. Used in...FULL DEFINITION

  • OS/2
    /O S too/ n. The anointed successor to MS-DOS for Intel 286- and 386-based micros; proof that IBM/Microsoft couldn't get it right the second...FULL DEFINITION

  • swab
    /swob/ [From the mnemonic for the PDP-11 `SWAp Byte' instruction, as immortalized in the `dd(1)' option `conv=swab' (see {dd})] 1. vt. To solve the...FULL DEFINITION

  • INTERCAL
    /in't*r-kal/ [said by the authors to stand for `Compiler Language With No Pronounceable Acronym'] n. A computer language designed by Don Woods and James...FULL DEFINITION

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  • General Public Virus
    n. Pejorative name for some versions of the {GNU} project {copyleft} or General Public License (GPL), which requires that any tools or {app}s incorporating...FULL DEFINITION

  • tune
    [from automotive or musical usage] vt. To optimize a program or system for a particular environment, esp. by adjusting numerical parameters designed as {hook}s...FULL DEFINITION

  • workaround
    n. A temporary {kluge} inserted in a system under development or test in order to avoid the effects of a {bug} or {misfeature} so...FULL DEFINITION

  • microLenat
    /mi-kroh-len'-*t/ n. See {bogosity}.